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  • Skipper's Raw Feeding Guide

    INTRODUCTION

    Feeding your dog a healthy, balanced raw diet can be a daunting task. Here’s our little guide to help you get on your way and make sure your pooch is getting the most out of their meals.

     

    BENEFITS TO RAW FEEDING?

    • Improved digestive health
    • Less stress on kidneys due to a higher moisture content in raw food
    • Fewer and better formed stools
    • Improved dental hygiene
    • Healthier skin and coats
    • More energy and stamina
    • Reduction of allergy symptoms
    • Weight control
    • A calmer, yet more focused, nature

     

    HOW MUCH TO FEED?

    Feed 2-3% of the dog’s ideal body weight per day. This is a guideline, take into account activity levels and the dog’s condition and adjust accordingly.

    At their ideal weight, you should be able to easily feel your dog’s ribs with a slight layer of fat covering. When viewed from the side you should see their waist tuck up, and from above tuck in slightly.

    WHAT TO FEED?

    80% meat (including oily fish, heart & tripe)

    10% bone

    5% liver

    5% any other organ (usually kidney as this is readily available)

    Meat includes; Fish, heart, tongue, fillets, off cuts, cheek, trachea, green tripe, and gizzards.

    Bone includes; chicken wings, duck wings, lamb ribs, pork ribs, turkey necks and chicken carcasses.

    Offal (organs) include; kidney, spleen, testicles and pancreas.

     

    WHAT ABOUT FRUIT AND VEGETABLES?

    While Fruit and Vegetables may not be needed in a raw diet, when chosen wisely they can have an abundance of beneficial properties like vitamins and antioxidants that make them ideal to supplement in some meals.

    Fruit and Vegetables need to be blended or lightly steamed to help break down the cell wall so they can be digested, otherwise your dog will struggle to reap any nutritional benefits.

    If you want to make Fruit and Vegetables part of your dogs diet, feed 70% meat, 10% Bone, 10% Vegetables, 5% Liver and 5% other offal.

    Ideal Fruit and Vegetables to feed are; broccoli, kale, spinach, pumpkin, squash, chard, celery, carrot, apple, blueberries, blackberries, banana and watermelon.

     

    WHAT ELSE CAN I FEED?

    Eggs including shells offer a fantastic source of protein, vitamins and micronutrients and the shells themselves are rich in calcium making them ideal for dogs that struggle with bone. Eggs can be quite fatty so should only be fed a couple of times a week.

    Other optional supplements include, Turmeric golden paste, Coconut oil, Fish oil and Apple Cider Vinegar.

     

     AVOID!

    Avoid feeding – Salt, Onions, Grapes, Raisins, Chocolate, Apple Seeds, Fruit Pits, Avocado, Green Tomatoes, Tomato leaves and stems.

    Weight bearing bones from large animals should also be avoided, so no knuckle or leg bones. This is because these bones are much denser and can cause cracked teeth and blockages.

     

    PRECAUTIONS AND PREPERATION

    One of the primary concerns about raw feeding is whether raw meat is actually safe and the risk of bacterial infections like Salmonella and E-coli. Of course the same food hygiene procedures should be undertaken when preparing raw meals. Use a clean knife, clean down work surfaces with antibacterial spray and wash your hands.

    Raw meat is a species appropriate diet for many animals, including dogs and cats. Their jaws and short intestinal tracts are designed to consume and process meat and bone, and their stomach acid is adept at killing bacteria.

     

    SKIPPER’S EXAMPLE RECIPES

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  • Do you know what’s in your dog food?

    Do you know what’s in your pet’s dog food?

    If you have a dog, one of the most important aspects of ownership is ensuring you’re giving your canine companion a well-balanced, nutritional diet. The only problem is, it can be extremely challenging when you’re not actually sure what’s in your pet’s food to begin with.

    With that in mind, we’ve created this little guide that lets you know some of the basics about what you might find in your dog’s pet food, and even provide you with a few tips to help you make the most of your dog’s diet.

    Dogs aren’t carnivores

    It might surprise you, but dogs are actually omnivores. That means that they don’t just like meat in their diet, but carbohydrates and vegetables too.

    For a balanced diet, it’s essential that your pet receives a small amount of each of the 37 different essential nutrients that they require to grow fit and strong. These are made up of water proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

    Wet, dry, cheap or expensive?

    When it comes to your pet’s food, there are some simple ways to understand what’s in it, and whether it’s satisfying your dog’s requirements for a balanced, healthy diet.

    First, one basic principle you can follow is that wet dog food tends to be higher in protein than kibble. A second basic principle you can follow is that cheaper dog foods tend to contain protein that comes from vegetables, rather than animals (which more expensive dog food products are made from).

    Skipper’s advice

    Here at Skipper’s, we know what it means to provide high quality dog food. Our dried fish snacks are packed full of protein and essential fatty acids, meaning your dog will be full of energy, and have a glossy fur coat.

    You might be wondering why our pet products are dried, and the reasons is that if you cook fish, many of the essential nutrients are lost. Through the drying process, you retain the things that make fish so healthy and delicious.

    So if you’re interested in providing your canine companion with a delicious, healthy meal, head over to our Dog Treats page today. All of the ingredients used in our delicious fishy dog treats can be found on our site, so if you’re interested in knowing how we prepare our snacks, the information is readily available.

    Our range is designed to facilitate all different breeds of dogs – big and small, working and family, and to suite your budget.

    Whether you’re looking to give your dog the extra bit of protein they require through our fish “Barf”, or you’re looking for a fishy, healthy puppy training treat, we have the product for you, and all of our recipes are there for you so you know what your dog will be eating.  Ultimately, it’s vital that you know what’s going into your dog’s diet because only then will you know how you need to supplement your canine companion’s meals. When you’ve figured that out, come back to us and we’ll be ready to help you give your dog the best diet it could possibly have.

  • Working Dog’s Diet: A Nutritional Guide

    All dogs enjoy protein-rich diets, but working dogs require that little bit of extra nutritional nourishment to get them through their day. In this compact guide, we’ll break down what you need to know when it comes to your working dog’s diet. Ultimately, we want every dog to be fit and healthy through his or her lives. Follow our advice, and you can be confident that you’re doing right by your canine companion.

    Endless energy

    The fact of the matter is, working dogs need to ensure they have high energy levels through the day.

    The tricky thing is, it’s important that you strike the right balance between giving your pet the calorific and nutritional intake it requires to work optimally, and only giving your canine friend what they need to maintain their body weight.

    Sadly, there’s no magic formula, but if you choose the right food for your pet, they should get what they need to maintain a well-balanced, healthy diet.

    The athlete’s curse

    Being a working dog is a bit like being a superstar athlete: it’s hard work, and puts a lot of extra pressure on your dog’s body. This means that supplementing your working dog’s diet with the nutrients it needs is essential.

    Excess muscle contractions require extra nutritional attention, and there are many long-term side effects of being a working dog, such as proneness to injury.

    The three nutrition groups to remember

    The three main nutritional groups that you need to think about are fat, protein and carbohydrates.

    • Fat – Along with providing essential forms of fatty acids, and facilitating the necessary absorption of essential fat-soluble vitamins, fat is the single largest provider of the all-important energy.
    • Protein – The best source of protein comes from high quality, animal based sources, but plant based sources are an option too. Providing both would help produce a balanced diet. Lower cost dog foods tend to use mainly vegetable based protein sources, whereas higher cost foods mix both, or are strictly animal based. If you really want to give your canine companion the best chance at leading a healthy working life, an animal-based source of protein is recommended.
    • Carbohydrate – These provide your working dog with the ready energy they require from the very moment they need it. Complex carbs like corn, rice, wheat and potato are a rich source of energy, but it’s vital that you don’t just give your pet a carbohydrate-based diet: they need a little bit of everything.

    What’s special about Skipper’s Working Dog Food?

    Hopefully, it’s now clear that if you have a working dog, you need to take special care over their diet to make sure they’re getting the additional nutrition they need to be effective.

    Here at Skipper’s, we provide working dogs with the full balanced diet they need through our special ingredient: dried fish.

    Fish is a fantastic source of nutrition for your dog. Fish is an excellent source of protein, and is also high in necessary Omega 3, while being low in Omega 6 poly-saturated fats that make your pup pack on the pounds.

    The essential oils in fish makes it the perfect supplement to your dog’s diet, and can help to boost their immune system, as well as reduce risk of heart problems.

    Oily fish like salmon can even help to keep your dog’s skin healthy and fur shiny for longer, so you can give them sharp relief from skin-itches and decrease their shedding.

    Ultimately, here at Skipper’s, we just want what’s best for your dog, so head over to our Dog Treats page to see our huge range of healthy, delicious fish-based products for your working dog.

  • Skippers Team at Crufts 2015

    Just to let you all know the Skippers team will be at Crufts 2015.

    Crufts Logo

    We will update this page with our stand details soon.

    See you all there!

    Skippers Team

  • LKA Dog Show 2014 | Events

    Skippers LKA at Birmingham NEC Come see the Skippers team at the LKA Dog Show @ the NEC in Birmingham this weekend (Saturday 13 - Sunday 14th December 2014)

    Opening Times:
    Saturday 13th: 08:00am - 7:00pm
    Sunday 14th - 08:00am - 6:00pm

    Adults £8, OAP/Children under 15 £4

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