During the colder winter months, it may be necessary to increase your working dogs food intake. Some good choices of raw food to feed them are: Beef, Turkey, Chicken, Pork liver, bones, vegetables and fruits and eggs.
Also, a good source of a food rich in vitamin B, such as liver, is good to help your pet add weight.
The key to weight gain for a dog on a raw diet is to increase their calorie intake. The increase in food portion and calories depends on two criteria:
- The breed of dog
- The metabolism and physical activity of the dog
Smaller dog breeds have smaller stomachs and, therefore, will need just a moderate portion of raw food, whereas, larger breeds can eat larger amounts. Likewise, dogs with higher body metabolism such as as working dogs, police dogs and guard dogs, meaning they will need to consume more calories.
Ways To Fatten Up A Dog On Raw Diet
There are 72 calories in one large raw egg, 54 calories in one ounce of turkey, 71 calories in one ounce of beef and 68 calories in one ounce of chicken.
While trying to fatten your dog on a raw diet, it may be tempting to overfeed it with large portions of food at a time. Instead of serving all the meals at once, serve its food in smaller portions. For example break the meals down into four small portions a day instead of two large meals.
Besides, feeding your dog in bits will help it to adjust to the new feeding pattern. Also, it will help to prevent gastrointestinal problems that may arise from overfeeding the dog.
Supplement with fruit and vegetables
When raw feeders try to fatten up their dogs on a raw diet, they often leave out fruits and vegetables from the meal plan. Meat and offal are not the only types of raw food beneficial to your pets. Dogs need some fruit and vegetables because of their nutritional benefits. In as much as they are adding weight, they need all the nutrients they can get to look healthy. Vegetables and fruits can provide supplemental nutrients essential for weight gain, such as protein, fats, fibre and carbohydrates.
Also, fruits and vegetables come in handy as a treat for dogs, especially picky eaters. Some fruits and vegetables to include are:
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet Potato
- Green Beans
- Red Cabbage
Our products can help with weight gain for a dog on a raw diet
Many of these fruits and vegetables are included within our Complete range, including our two Puppy products, along with our Complementary range including our best seller, Premium Meaty Feast. Other Albion raw food products that are high in calories, are Albion Complete Beef, Turkey and Chicken.