Raw Dog Food FAQ's
How do you know if your pet is eating enough?
Look for a curved indentation in the waste area. You should be able to feel the ribs easily without being overly visible.
Why should we choose raw over kibble?
Fresh is best! Feeding your pet natural ingredients such as beef, chicken, pork, lamb, rabbit, and yes, even veggies, helps to promote an increase in overall well-being. Other foods including blueberries, apples, bananas, peas, spinach, and carrots contributes to a healthy heart, an increase in energy levels, better breath, shinier coats and even less poop to pick up.
How do I store raw food?
Our raw food comes in various frozen package sizes. Depending on your freezer storage availability, you can choose from a 6lb flat of food to a pre-packaged 2lb carton.
My vet doesn't really recommend raw feeding.
Yes, some vets warn that feeding your dog raw can be an issue, especially with small children or anyone with a compromised immune system. As long as you are meticulous with your storage, handling, preparation and sanitation of work surfaces, there should be no issues feeding a raw diet to your dog. Puppies require more calories than adult dogs and should not be fed raw - you can feed cooked though. If your dog has medical issues such as cancer, pancreatitis or other ailments, these may require cooked food.
How much work is involved?
Just as with human food, you can keep defrosted food in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can choose to mix your food with other items such as crushed raw egg shells, extra veggies or fruit; or you can use it as it comes in the package.
What about bacteria?
Healthy dogs and cats have a digestive tract with a low pH level of 1 or 2 which makes it a very powerful bacteria killing environment. Salmonella and other bacteria do not stand a chance in your pet's digestive tract unless they have a compromised immune system. Humans on the other hand, need to be sure to clean up after you have prepared your dog's meal. Wash the counter well. Wash their bowl and have them eat their bones either outside or on a mat that can be easily cleaned.
How do I manage a balanced diet?
As the vet has explained, think of balance over a two week to one month period of time. It now becomes a more relaxed experience than trying to get every single nutrient into our pet in every meal. Rotation of food, herbs and super-herbs over time will provide the body with nutrients required to thrive. Dr Karen Becker recommends balancing feeding by using:
- Meat, including organs
- Vegetable and fruit puree
- Extra additions which are immensely beneficial such as probiotics, enzymes and, super green foods.