Feeding your Cockapoo a raw food diet has become very popular over the last few years. Experts are still not conclusive whether this can be harmful because of the bacteria and parasites present in raw-meat products. There are two sides to the raw food argument and it’s difficult to know which to believe. You have to decide what you think is best for your Cockapoo as they grow into adulthood, watching and studying them closely.
The cons of raw feeding.
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Many experts have warned against the inclusion of raw and undercooked meats in pet food. Explaining the potential for illness for both the pet and owners. A paper published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Veterinary Record. “Zoonotic bacteria and parasites found in raw meat-based diets for cats and dogs. This study analysed 35 frozen pet-food products. E. coli bacteria was found in 40% of the samples and in 23% of the samples contained a particularly dangerous type of E.coli. A high percentage also contained listeria and salmonella bacteria.
They also discovered a small percentage of potentially harmful parasites. Another health concern to consider with raw diets is the possibility of your Cockapoo getting fractured teeth or gastrointestinal obstruction from ingesting bones. Ways to reduce this risk would be to supervise your Cockapoo as they eat. Allow them to chew on large bones but prevent ingestion of dangerous pieces by taking the bone away from them when it gets small. Or you could only feed bones that have been ground into very small pieces. More is explained regarding this further down the article.
The pros of raw feeding.
The people who are proponents of raw feeding believe there is evidence to support the idea that feeding your Cockapoo raw diets can be more beneficial and safer for your naturally meat eating pet. This is when compared to a commercial dry food diet that most owners choose to feed their Cockapoos. Some proponents of this diet believe that kibble may actually be putting your dog at risk of a fatal heart condition and a raw diet is beneficial in preventing health conditions.
As we know, before the popularity and invention of commercial pet food, dogs ate table scraps from their human companions or anything they could scavenge or kill in the wild. There was no such thing as tinned or processed dog food or dry food. Some physical benefits of a raw dog food diet have been said to provide:
- Cleaner teeth and fresher breath.
- Better weight control.
- Improved digestion.
- Shinier, healthier skin and coat.
- Harder, smaller, less smelly stools.
- Increased mobility in older animals due to the better nutritional value of raw feed
- More energy and stamina
- Strengthened immune system, improved liver, pancreatic and bowel health.
In turn this will mean savings due to less trips to the vet.
Many of the tests done on raw feed benefits could be seen as bias. However, a recent study in the “Journal of Animal Science” compared the impact of four foods, one of which was a raw diet. It showed great results on intestinal microbes (Microbes are tiny forms of life that surround us, some microbes make the host sick, some are important for health.)
The study is limited and shows only a few benefits but its an important study in a growing number of pieces of evidence that encourage raw feeding. The study found that the raw food led to the following:
- Higher gut acidity – which is good for getting rid of germs or pathogens in the body.
- Higher fecal ammonia concentration – this means more ammonia is being got rid of in the faeces rather than being processed by the kidneys which means less stress is being put on your dog’s kidneys.
- Higher fecal acetate concentration – this means there is better digestion of insoluble fibres for fuel for your dog.
“Honeys” found at: https://honeysrealdogfood.com Provide a full raw feed diet service. They are a small, ethical, working dog food company. They can make feeding a raw or ‘natural’ diet easy for you and your Cockapoo. All their dog food (made using completely fresh ingredients that are also suitable for human consumption) is raw because that is what is best for dogs in their opinion. It has been created for working dogs because diet is especially critical to their performance, although it can be fed to any dog with excellent results.
There is growing evidence that dogs live longer, healthier and happier lives if they eat the same sort of diet they would enjoy in the wild. Dogs and their wolf cousins have been eating raw food for over a million years and they thrive on it. The health benefits are massive and proven. If your dog has any health issues a raw food diet could make a huge difference. These are all statements backed up by “Honeys”
If you want to experiment with a raw food diet or don’t want to go to a company for your Cockapoo’s food, there are many raw food recipes you can prepare at home. You can prepare the meals and store them in the freezer for future serving. Or in the fridge a few hours before serving. The following recipes are approximate percentage of weight you can use. For example, if you’re making a total of 1kg of food, then 50% would be 500g etc.
When you’re feeding a diet full of variety, with meaty bones a few times a week, don’t get to caught up on exact amounts. If you try to stay within these ranges, your Cockapoo’s food will be well balanced. The meats, for example chicken thighs, should be boneless. The recipes below actually include bone, so you don’t want to use bone-in meats and up the calcium content too much for your Cockapoo.
This is one of the easiest meals to prepare. It’s very healthy for **older dogs.**
- 35% – 50% **raw** chicken thighs or breasts
- 10% – 30% **raw** chicken hearts and liver
- 12% – 15% **raw** ground chicken bone
- 5% raw or lightly boiled chicken eggs
- 5% – 20% organic carrots
- 5% – 20% organic green beans (you can purée the vegetables for easier digestion)
Fish is a good source of omega-3, which is important for immune and brain health as well as joints and skin.
- 12% – 15% bone-in **raw** chicken and turkey (ground or whole)
- 35% – 50% mackerel or other oily fish (make sure its boneless fish)
- 10% – 30% **raw** chicken and turkey hearts and liver
- 5% lightly boiled chicken eggs
- 5% – 10% organic spinach
- 5% – 10% organic broccoli (again you can purée the vegetables for easier digestion)
If you’re wondering how much to give your Cockapoo. That depends on a number of different factors, including weight, age and activity level. To start, feed your Cockapoo about one to three percent of their ideal weight. So, if your dog’s ideal weight is 50 lbs, one pound of food a day (or a little more) is good. A Cockapoo’s ideal weight is about 12 to 24 pounds (5.4 to 10.9 kg)
But just keep an eye out. If your Cockapoo is really active, which as we know isn’t abnormal. You may want to give them a little more. Or if your Cockapoo enjoys relaxing and cuddling more than running around, you may want to feed a bit less. Keep a close eye on their weight and health throughout the raw feeding process. If your Cockapoo starts to gain or lose weight, adjust the amount you’re feeding accordingly. And don’t forget that puppies always need more. Puppies should be fed two to three percent of their ideal adult weight.
You need to be feeding for your Cockapoo puppy’s future weight, not their current weight. Puppies also need a lot of calcium to help the development of strong teeth and bones as they grow. So you can give them a few extra raw consumable bones to chew on periodically during the week as well.
To conclude, it’s still up for debate whether feeding raw is best for your dog. It’s up to you and what works best for your Cockapoo. Keep a close eye on your pooch, perhaps make the decision with your vet and get a few different opinions. For some dogs it may not be the right choice and that’s okay. There is evidence supporting both sides of the argument.