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How to Feed Yorkies a Raw Diet

By Esperance Barretto | Updated September 26, 2017

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Items you will need

  • Raw meat

  • Raw or ground bones

  • Raw eggs

  • Shredded or ground vegetables and fruits

  • Yogurt and cheese

The Yorkshire “Yorkie” terrier dog can greatly benefit from raw food, a diet its ancestors survived on in the wild. Also known as BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones and Raw Food), a raw diet is devoid of unhealthy fillers and additives, and is a healthy food option for Yorkies. You must gradually introduce your Yorkie to raw food, so that it adjusts well to a nutritionally balanced diet.

Start your Yorkie on a daily raw food diet that ranges between 2 to 4 per cent of its weight.

Feed it a single source of protein like chicken or turkey, when you introduce your Yorkie to a raw food diet for the first time.

The Dog Guide website recommends rotating protein sources by feeding it different meat types each week, so that your dog benefits from diverse nutrition sources. Offer your Yorkie chicken one week, followed by turkey, fish, lamb, rabbit, pork or beef every other week.

Once your Yorkie has adjusted to the raw diet, you can include different meats as part of its meal during the course of a week.

Gradually add shredded or pureed vegetables like pumpkin, broccoli, carrots and spinach to your dog's raw diet. You can also offer it fruits like apples, oranges and pears as a treat.

Occasionally feed your Yorkie raw bones, eggs, shredded cheese or yogurt, all of which are excellent sources of calcium.

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