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There is no such thing as a stupid question. So, if you don't find the answers you need here, don't ever hesitate to contact us. We can always recommend good books for you to read and we have quite a library of our own should you wish to borrow a book or two.

Green Dog Deli also runs a programme of workshops. Please get in touch with us for more information or check out our Green Dog Digest page to see where you can meet us at shows and events around the country.

We will always be pleased to hear from you!

 
Feeding the Green Dog Deli Diet

How much should I feed my dog?
How much should I feed my puppy?
How can I tell if my dog is the correct weight?
Should I feed my dog more than once a day?
Do I need to change my dog's food gradually?
Should I be worried about feeding raw meat?
Aren't chicken bones dangerous?

Buying from Green Dog Deli

How can I order my food?
How do I pay for my order?
Will you deliver to my house?
How should I store my food?
How do I change my order?

What about mail order products?

How much will the postage and packaging cost?

Ingredients and Packaging

What is my food made of?
Are the ingredients always the same?
I have a nut allergy, should I be concerned about handling my food?
Where do the ingredients come from?
How do you keep your prices so low given the high quality of the ingredients?
What packaging do you use?
What should I do with my packaging?

Our Company

Where is Green Dog Deli based?
Why did you start selling dog food?
What makes your food so good?
Is Green Dog Deli a charity?
Do you know the answer to life, the universe and everything?


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How much should I feed my dog?
We recommend that you start by feeding your dog about 270g of our food for every 10kg of your dog's body weight, every day. Our sausages are all an average weight of 90g to make the maths a bit easier!

We also recommend that every 270g be made up of 2 sausages and 1 chicken wing, but you can build these quantities up over the course of the week rather than worrying about cutting up pieces of food.

For example, Spikey, the collie cross, is 15kg. He will be given approximately 405g of food a day. That's 3 sausages and a chicken wing one day, 3 sausages and 2 chicken wings the next. Easy - no mess, no fuss, no waste!

Over time, if you keep an eye on your dog's body shape you will be able to adjust these amounts to suit your dog more specifically. Many factors will affect how much food your dog needs, including where he lives and how much exercise he gets.

Remember to start with your dog's ideal weight - not the weight he is now if he is too thin or too fat!

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How much should I feed my puppy?
Feed your puppy double the amount of food as an adult dog of the same weight (4-6% instead of 2-3%), but increase the quantity of meaty bones to half of the total amount fed. The total amount of food will increase as your dog grows, until she reaches her adult size. Do get in touch for more information!

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How can I tell if my dog is the correct weight?
Your dog should have a natural waist when viewed from above. For very long-haired dogs you may have to feel this with your hands! You should also be able to feel the shape of individual ribs with just a little pressure when running your hands over your dog's chest. If his ribs are nowhere to be found he is likely to be overweight! If his ribs are very noticeable or prominent then your dog probably needs more food. Always consult your vet if you are worried about your dog's health or body condition.

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Should I feed my dog more than once a day?
While your puppy is growing he or she will need several small meals a day.

Whether or not you feed your adult dog more than once a day is up to you. Our dogs often have a sausage meal, or some fresh fruit, around lunchtime and then their meaty bones later in the day (because this fits in well with our own routine). Sometimes they are fed only once and sometimes they have a day off altogether.

A dog's digestive system is actually designed to have periods of plenty and then time off - this stimulates the stomach to expel anything that has been left behind!

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Do I need to change my dog's food gradually?
Most dogs can easily be changed from one food to another, particularly those already used to eating a varied diet. However, if you are unsure (or your dog is resistant to change!) then start by adding a little of the new diet to your dog's food and gradually increase the proportion over a number of days or weeks until your dog is eating the food you want.

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Should I be worried about feeding raw meat?
Dogs have a very different digestive system to humans. It is designed to cope with a certain level of bacterial contamination and food moves through it much more quickly. A happy, healthy dog is much less likely to present a health risk to humans, but sensible hygiene precautions must still be followed! Green Dog Deli products should be stored and handled in the same way as any raw meat purchased to be cooked for human consumption. Our design and packing makes this easy - all packages are sealed, easy to store in the fridge or freezer and there is never any waste.

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Aren't chicken bones dangerous?
Cooked
bones are dangerous to dogs, especially cooked poultry bones. All our bones and chicken pieces are fresh and raw and therefore not brittle or prone to splintering. Fresh, raw bones can easily be chewed and digested and provide essential minerals in your dog's diet. While it is not impossible that pieces of food could become lodged in a dog's digestive system, it is recognised that this risk is minimal compared to the risk to health of poor diet and dental disease. 80% of dogs over the age of three years have some form of dental disease - bringing with it the constant risk of bacterial contamination, tooth loss and the likelihood of general anaesthetic.

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How can I order my food?
Please get in touch using our online enquiry form, by phone or by e-mail (e-mail is our preferred method of communication). We will then contact you to discuss your delivery options and answer any questions you might have. You can, of course, place a a one-off or regular order with us and regular orders can be amended easily at any time. We have both a high street shop and a small online shop too. Find us on BigBarn and at rawplanet.co.uk.

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How do I pay for my order?
We are very happy to accept cash when we deliver your food! We can also accept payment via online banking and credit/debit card through PayPal.

If you prefer to pay online we will need your e-mail address and can then send you an electronic invoice. Customers who take delivery by courier or Royal Mail will also receive an invoice by e-mail that must be paid online.

Established, regular orders will be billed once a month in arrears.

For online orders via BigBarn, payment will be taken in advance of delivery.

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Will you deliver to my house?
We always try to deliver to convenient, communal collection points - the kind of places you would be visiting anyway - however, if you can get a few people together or would like a large order for the freezer, then we may be able to deliver to you direct.

If you are on (or near to) one of our existing delivery routes dropping food off at your home or work place is rarely a problem. Please also ask if you have mobility issues and find it hard to get around. We will be very pleased to help.

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How should I store my food?
Look after your food by keeping it in the fridge for up to a week (three or four days is best) or storing it in the freezer for up to three months. Make sure you label it with the date it was delivered!

To make BARF feeding as simple as possible, all our boxes are clean to use and will reseal easily. Our mail order packs are the perfect size for stacking neatly in the fridge or freezer.

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How do I change my order?
You can call us or e-mail us - the details are on our Contacts page. We place orders with our suppliers on a Thursday afternoon for the food we make the following Tuesday, so please always give us as much time as you can to amend your order.

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What about mail order products?
Our treats and herbs can be sent by Royal Mail. Send us an e-mail (or give us a call) and let us know what you would like. We will then confirm availability and let you know when your order will be ready (usually in a couple of days as all our food is freshly made).

When it is ready, we will send you an invoice by e-mail, which you can pay online from your PayPal account or using a credit or debit card. We will then send your products from our local post office by first class post for your dogs to enjoy!

We also offer a limited courier delivery service. This works in a similar way. Get in touch and let us know what you would like and we can then arrange a suitable delivery day with you.

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How much will the postage and packaging cost?

We do not charge for direct deliveries of our fresh food. For the mail order items, typical charges are £4.99 to send out a selection of treats or herbal products and £5.99 for a taster box containing fresh and dried foods (we will only ever charge you the actual cost to us, no more). Courier deliveries of 20lbs of frozen sausages will be charged at £9.59 for overnight delivery to an address of your choice. Additional charges may apply to the Scottish Highlands, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. Please contact us and we will obtain a quote for you.

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What is my food made of?
Our sausages are made from a single fresh meat source (either lamb mince, beef mince, minced chicken or rabbit), fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds and herbs. There is absolutely nothing else in there at all. Our herbal products may be a mixture of fresh and dried herbs or herbal tinctures (active ingredients preserved in alcohol). All the meat we use is just as you would buy it yourself from the butcher - in fact there is nothing in our food that you could not eat and enjoy yourself!

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Are the ingredients always the same?
The fruit and vegetables we use may vary depending on the time of year as we always use fresh, local, seasonal produce. We will never include any fruit or vegetables that could be harmful to your dog.

We always try to include a variety of fruits and vegetables, such as a root vegetatble, a leafy salad vegetable, a fresh fruit and some seasonal berries. Typical ingredients might be carrots, celery, spinach, kale, apples and blackberries.

Please ask us if your dog has specific requirements - all our food is made to order so we are very happy to accommodate individual needs.

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I have a nut allergy, should I be concerned about handling my food?
Although nuts can be good for dogs, we do not include any nuts in our products, as we know people can be allergic to them. The only ingredients in our foods are those listed on our Products page. Absolutely nothing else is added. Ever.

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Where do the ingredients come from?
All our fresh meats come from our local butcher. They only ever sell meat from animals raised compassionately in the UK. Our fresh fruit and vegetables come from our local, award winning, organic farm. We love visiting them every week!

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How do you keep your prices so low given the high quality of the ingredients?
We want our food to be available to everyone so it is a very important part of what we do to make sure our prices stay low. We do this by using the less popular cuts of quality, human grade meat (e.g. lamb breast, chicken wings and thighs) and using whichever fruits and vegetables are plentiful at any time. We appreciate that buying quality, fresh food is not the cheapest option and we always offer great deals on bones and carcasses alongside!

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What packaging do you use?
We use compostable bags and large, robust, reusable containers for our regular customers, who then return them washed and ready to be refilled.

Our small mail order containers are reusable and also compostable - they are made from cornstarch, which uses a fraction of the energy to make and transport when compared to traditional oil-based products.

We only use natural insulating materials and even our seals (and the glue they stick with!) are 100% biodegradable and compostable. You will also notice we don't use labels where we don't have to and we keep printed materials to an absolute minimum. Sustainability is of paramount importance to us.

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What should I do with my packaging?
All of our packaging is reusable. When it can no longer be reused it may be recycled or will biodegrade quickly and easily. Should you not wish to reuse it, or be unable to compost or recycle it, please return it to us for collection and we will do this for you. Mail order customers will find a freepost label in their packs so that they can return any trickier to recycle items free.

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Where is Green Dog Deli based?

Our office is in Clanfield, a small village in West Oxfordshire, UK, and our food is made and sold nearby in the fairtrade town of Faringdon.

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Why did you start selling dog food?
We saw the difference a natural diet made to our own dogs. Even though they were young and fit when changing from a processed food, the change in each one was really quite incredible (read their stories on our Green Dog Digest page!). We take a great deal of care when planning our own diets, so it seemed only fair to do the same for our beloved pets. First a few friends asked us to make some food for them and it grew from there...

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What makes your food so good?
The Green Dog Deli Diet follows a formula set out by a leading veterinary consultant after extensive research. It mimics a natural diet that provides everything a dog needs to stay fit and healthy in a form that can be truly enjoyed and easily digested. Because it is fresh and made from the best possible ingredients, all this quality nutrition is right there, unspoiled, ready to benefit your dog!

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Is Green Dog Deli a charity?
No, we are a profit making company that donates a percentage of those profits to charity every year. Have a look at our Green Dog Digest page for news of organisations we support.

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Do you know the answer to life, the universe and everything?
Of course. It's 42.

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