Cane Corso Diet

Raw Dog Food: The Beginners Guide to Feeding Raw

One of the best alternatives for dry dog food for your Cane Corso is the barf diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). There are different types of vegetables, bones, meats, and supplements included in the raw food for dogs. Raw food is more beneficial for the health of your pet as compared to the processed dog food that you buy from the market. Here we have an introductory guide if you want to feed your Cane Corso a raw natural food.

Raw Natural Dog Food

Benefits of raw food

Here are some of the beneficial changes that you will notice in your dog after feeding him raw food.

  • The coat and skin will get better
  • Improved digestion
  • Immune system will get stronger
  • Better health
  • Higher energy level
  • Increased muscle mass
  • For Breeders: You will see in increase in the drive and stamina of your puppies. I have tested with the same dam and stud and the results where impressively different. The litter that was produced with an all raw quality diet came out with better conformation, no still borns, with more drive and faster learners.

Raw food serving size

The best way to know the serving size for your dog is to take it to the exact weight of your dog. There are many popular sites that can help you figure out how much raw meat to feed your dog.

http://www.raw4dogs.com/calculate.htm

 

The best way is to break down the suggested meal quantity into two meals. Serve one meal in the morning and other and night. You can increase or decrease the serving size according to the health requirements and weight of your pet. I start my puppies on raw diets by 6 weeks of age.

How to convert your dog from dry to raw food

Following the given steps, you can easily convert your dog from dry food to raw.

  • On the first day serve your dog with only water
  • Serve ¼ of the suggested quantity on the second day
  • On the third day given him 1/3 of the suggested serving size
  • ¾ of the meal size will be perfect for the fourth day
  • From the 5th day give your dog the complete meal.

Raw vs Dry food: which is more affordable

One of the biggest concerns that people have while buying the dog food is the cost. They would have to pay $2.19 per LB of premium kibble while the cost of raw can range from $2.30 to $2.80 per pound. Getting the bones might be the most expensive part of the raw diet and it is important that you manage everything properly. In the beginning, you might find the raw food expensive but it will prevent your dog from many health issues and you will be able to save a decent amount of money in the long run.

How to find affordable raw diets for your Cane Corso

I have many dogs, they are all on a raw diet and doing well. My oldest Cane Corso is currently 15 years old and doing amazing. Do research in your local town using blogs and forums of dog lovers that talk about Barf diets. I found 2 butchers here in New Jersey that sell raw meats for dogs at discounted prices.

Greenville Village Packing – Green Village, NJ

Bringhurst Meats – Berlin, NJ

Green Tripe Diet

Take it slow

The best way to make your dog eat raw food is to take it slow. Most of the people mix the raw food with dry food. It is not recommended as it might lead to some serious health issues. In the beginning, the dog might show some resistance but with the passage of time, there body will get used to the new meal. In case he is getting ill, make sure that you consult the vet as soon as possible. Give your dog a variety of raw meaty bones to balance their diet.

Sample Meal Plan

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS

Morning Feeding

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef Mix from the butcher
  • 1 lb. Green Tripe
  • 1 lb. Beef Organ Blend (Heart, Liver, Kidneys, Lungs, Trachea, Gullet)
  • 1 C. Puree Mix: Pumpkin, Spinach, Kale, Parsley, Apple, Egg Yolk, Plain Yogurt.
  • 2 tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother
  • 1 tbs. Salmon Oil
  • 1 tbs. Coconut Oil
  • 800 u. Vitamin E Capsule (mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols)

Evening Feeding

  • 2 Turkey Necks
  • 8 oz. Turkey Hearts

 

 

TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS

Moring Feeding:

  • 3 lbs. Ground Beef Mix (50% Meat with Ribs, 25% Heart, 15%Green Tripe, 7% Liver, 3% Kidney)
  • 1 C. Puree Mix: Pumpkin, Spinach, Kale, Parsley, Apple, Egg Yolk, Plain Yogurt.
  • 2 tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother
  • 2 tbs. Whole Food Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Supplement*
  • 1 tbs. Salmon Oil
  • 800 u. Vitamin E Capsule

 

Evening Feeding:

  • Chicken Back
  • Chicken Foot
  • 2 oz. Chicken Gizzards
  • 2 oz. Chicken Hearts
  • 2 oz. Chicken Livers

 

Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Supplement:

  • 4 oz. Kelp Powder
  • 4 oz. Alfalfa Powder
  • 4 oz. Wheatgrass Powder
  • 4 oz. Spirulina Powder
  • 4 oz. Chlorella Powder
  • 4 oz. Bee Pollen Powder
  • 4 oz. Turmeric Powder
  • 2 oz. Garlic Powder

 

Sundays

Fast 24 hours – only water