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Is 80:10:10 Complete?

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Is 80:10:10 raw dog food complete?

In short, no.

The numbers refer to a ratio of 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal. Nobody really knows where this ratio came from but appears to be a guesstimate of what dogs would eat in the wild, by experienced BARF feeders. It can work well and can be a good starting point.

Science is always bringing new ideas to the table and we’re always ready to listen and improve.

The 80:10:10 ratio is largely done on the belief that dogs can’t digest any carbohydrates. Science has found that dogs produce amylase in the pancreas which breaks down carbs. This would mean that small amounts of soluble carbs (e.g Carrot and Kale) are digestible and they come with great benefits.

Many of these foods are labelled to appear like a complete food. Terms such as ‘feast’ and ‘Adult dog food’ give this impression.

For a dog food to be labelled as ‘complete’ it must follow FEDIAF nutritional guidelines. These are peer-reviewed by independent veterinary nutritionists throughout Europe.

We only sell raw dog foods produced by manufacturers who are members of the PFMA and who follow FEDIAF guidelines for their complete foods. This also means they will be following stringent legislation, with safeguards in place including microbiological testing for bacteria such as salmonella which has a zero tolerance.  

We believe raw food is one of the best ways to feed your dog so we take it very seriously.

The health and wellbeing of your dog is of our utmost importance.