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The Stavordale guide to feeding a raw meat diet to your dog

Stavordale has been born from our love for dogs. Like many rural businesses, we started at our kitchen table. Back in 1991 we were breeding and training Working Retrievers. These beautiful working gundogs needed to be in top condition and we wanted to give them the very best possible diet. We were shocked when we discovered the harmful side effects of the processed dog food that we had been feeding them. Driven by a desire to give our dogs the very best, we sought advice from breeders, vets, and other dog owners. With their expert guidance, we began to mix and mince our own dog food in our kitchen. The health benefits were immediate:

And now, we won’t serve anything but raw dog food to our dogs. We get huge satisfaction from seeing more and more dogs across the UK thriving on our healthy raw meat diet. True health comes from the inside, so we’re passionate about giving dogs the perfectly balanced diet that they are designed to eat.

You are making the right choice when you feed Stavordale to your dog. It’s a diet that contains a multitude of biologically appropriate nutrients, with the ideal ratio of animal proteins and fats, along with enriching vegetables and herbs. Each ingredient is specially-selected to deliver optimum nutrition, digestibility and flavour, with none of the negative side-effects of processed high carbohydrate, grain-packed diets.

We are what we eat. This is as true for dogs as it is for us. This guide should give you all the information you need to make the switch to raw, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch on either 01985208016 or

With all best wishes


Problems associated with processed food

There is growing evidence that dogs live longer if they eat the sort of food they would enjoy in the wild, namely uncooked, fresh meat, bones, vegetables and herbs.

Why is processed food a poor choice for your dog?

A few startling facts that made us re-think our dogs’ diet


Many dog owners do not know about the harmful side-effects of the processed convenience food that they feed their dogs. Unfortunately, the high heat that is applied when cooking these kibble-based diets introduces many toxins: aflatoxins, heterocyclic amines and acrylamides. These are all hazardous substances generated by heating or processing dog food. The World Health Organisation has classified these acrylamides as probable carcinogens. In other words, they can cause cancer.

Grains are frequently used as carbohydrates in these processed, dry and cooked dog foods. Molds can form on grain, especially when stored in a moist environment. These molds can produce some very potent carcinogenic aflatoxins. High-temperature processing does not render them harmless. Exposure to these toxins, even at low doses, can cause dogs to have anemia, liver and kidney failure, cancer and premature death.


Kibble-based diets not only harbour harmful toxins, but they also lack nutrient value. All kibble diets are processed. Many nutrients are stripped through the processing. Even the grain-free kibbles (with high quality ingredients and no preservatives, fillers or additives) go through a cooking process that destroys nutritional value. 

After processing, kibbles are left with:

This means that your dog is missing out on the benefits that all the above can bring for healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients.


Manufacturers of processed dog food try to add back some of the lost nutrients by adding synthetic vitamins and minerals so that they can claim that their food is ‘complete and balanced’.

 Artificial preservatives

 Unfortunately today, our environment is saturated with so many unavoidable pollutants and toxins. So, why add to the problem by feeding them to your best friend? We hope we have been able to show you that kibble is harmful. Dogs give us so much unconditional loyalty and it is only right that we reward them with the diet that is spot on for their needs. We are what we eat and this is as true for dogs as it is for us.

Further information

If you would like to find out more, we recommend that you read some research here or read:

Knize, M.G, Salmon, C.P., Felton, J.S. Mutagenic Activity and Heterocyclic Amine Carcinogens in Commercial Pet Foods. Mutagenic Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis. August 2003 539 (1-2): 195-201.6.

Why uncooked dog food is the solution

Nutrition the way nature intended

Dogs like their relatives the wolves have their basic biological needs are unchanged. So, it makes perfect sense that a dog eats exactly what nature intended - an appropriate diet designed for optimum nutrition for maximum energy, health, and condition.

For a dog, this means a diet of raw meat, offal, bones, raw vegetables, and herbs. It definitely doesn’t mean a high carbohydrate, grain-packed kibble diet invented for the convenience of busy modern dog-owners. This is why we produce affordable high-quality Biological Appropriate Raw Food (BARF) for dogs. Our dog food (made using completely fresh ingredients that are suitable for human consumption) is uncooked, simply because this is the best food for your dog. It has been created for working dogs because the diet is critical to their performance, but it can be fed to any dog with excellent results.

Our Stavordale diet acknowledges the evolutionary journey of dogs, the natural diet of their ancestors. This means that every meal will contain a minimum of 80% raw meat, bones and offal, with the remaining 20% made up of vegetables, fruit and herbs. Dog food should not have artificial fillers like grains. Processed grain-based dog food is bad for dogs because it is full of toxins and has been stripped of vital nutrients. That’s why we select ingredients from local farms and mix them together before freezing and delivering them to the doors of our customers. You can be confident that your dog is getting all the essential vitamins, minerals and proteins that they need to live a healthy, active life.


How do I switch from processed to raw?

Step one – clear some space in your freezer

Clear some space in your freezer ready for your first delivery. Freezing is a natural preservative and will not reduce the nutritional value of the dog food. You can rest assured that there are no health risks associated with frozen dog food. The process of reducing the storage temperature to below ­18°C kills harmful parasites.

Step two – choose your food

You know your dog best, so find the most suitable recipes here.

Step three – work out how much your dog needs

Adult dogs need to be fed 2-3% of their body weight every day. So, a dog weighing 10kg should be fed 200-300 grams a day. This does depend on breed, age and activity levels. For an extremely active or underweight dog, the amount can be increased. If this is a working dog and the workload decreases, just reduce the amount you’re feeding. These amounts might seem low in comparison to feeding a kibble-based diet, but a raw diet is 100% wholesome so your dog’s digestive system will absorb it much more easily, plus, there will be less poos to clear up. This is a good sign that your dog is getting better quality nutrition.

Do call our customer services on (+44) 01985 208016 if you need help on this.

Step four – place your order online or call us on 01985 208016.














‘Once again, prompt confirmation of my order. Just hoping that the bad weather doesn’t present too many problems with delivery but I’m sure Stavordale will do the best they can. I can’t recommend this food highly enough. My dogs love it and they are looking so good. Their coats are lovely, and they are full of happy energy.’ Sue, long-standing Stavordale customer


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