How much do I feed my dog on a raw diet?
Raw feeding guidelines suggest:
2% - 2.5% of their body weight for ideal dogs.
1.5% for dogs needing to slim down.
3% for dogs that need to gain weight.
80lb dog x 2% = 1.6lbs PER day.
80lb dog x 1.5% = 1.2lbs PER day
80lb dog x 3% = 2.4lbs PER day
Keeping in mind with these guidelines, some dogs with higher metabolisms may require more food, and older, less active dogs may require less.
It’s a good idea to weigh your dog every few weeks, especially when starting a raw diet, so that you can adjust accordingly.
For cats, we suggest feeding 2% to 3% of of their body weight.
How do I transition my Dog or Cat?
There are two options:
Immediate: Fast your dog for 12 to 24 hours. We suggest serving their meals at room temperature for the first few days, giving their stomach a chance to adjust. After that, you can feed straight from the fridge.
Gradual: To wean your Dog or Cat gradually, we suggest the following:
Day 1 & 2 – 25% Raw
Day 3 & 4 – 50% Raw
Day 5 & 6 – 75% Raw
Day 7 Full raw
When transitioning, start with a simple protein like our Pure Chicken or Pure Turkey for the first week, as these proteins are easier to digest, which aids in a quicker & smoother transition.
Usually, a good rule of thumb is a ½ lb of food per 20 lbs of dog. If your dog needs to gain weight, add a ¼ lb of raw food per meal. If they need to lose weight, reduce by ¼ lb per meal.
Do I need to add anything else to my dog’s raw food?
Are simply and naturally a beneficial boost to your pets’ raw diet, especially when it comes to their immune & digestive health. These supplements support the microflora that is naturally found in your dog’s gut, enhancing digestion and the absorption of nutrients.
A probiotic can:
Side Note - Keep in mind, if your dog is taking antibiotics we recommend giving probiotics two hours after each antibiotic dose. This is more effective than trying to repair the gut after the antibiotics are finished.
Supplements - There are a few other beneficial supplements you can add to your pet’s meals (e.g., goats milk, bone broth, pure pumpkin). If you are targeting a specific ailment, then you may want to look at including supplements.
What is Tripe?
Green tripe is called "green" because it is untreated & unbleached - unlike the bleached tripe found in grocery stores.
Green tripe offers:
Tripe has many benefits too:
Will my dog become aggressive feeding a raw diet?
Can I feed kibble & raw?
Your dog’s digestive tract is more capable of processing a raw diet than a kibble-based diet. Mixing may cause the stomach to get upset due to the (60%) starch content, and may lead to further issues. Your pet will reap many benefits from feeding a 100% raw diet and you'll enjoy the minimized vet bills.
What is the difference between your Gourmet Blends & Pure Formulas?
Pure Formulas contain 80% muscle meat, 10% offal organ meat and 10% ground bone with no added vegetables. Pure Formulas are great for dogs with allergies or for doing an elimination diet. It also gives you the option to add any additional items that your pet may require.
Specialty Blends: Our Chicken & Lamb and Performance Blends both contain tripe. The Turkey and Salmon Blend has nothing added.
What about bacteria & salmonella?
Remember to wash your hands, bowls, utensils & surface area thoroughly after use. Just like you would when cooking raw chicken for yourself.
Will raw help with my pet’s allergies?
Allergies are an over-response of your pet’s immune system to a possible protein, or overexposure to a series of allergens. 80% of a dog’s immune system lives in the gut (intestine, stomach and mouth). The most common one we hear is food from a commercial based diet, which contain fillers such as grains, sugars and starches. These are not “biologically” meant for our pets and over time can put stress on their organs, and suppress their immune system, creating or triggering reactions and allergies like:
Switching your dog or cat to a raw diet and adding a good quality probiotic will significantly help restore the digestive tract and support your pets’ immune system from the inside out.
NOTE: If your pet is suffering from allergies, we suggest doing an elimination diet. (Example: feeding a simple protein like our Pure Turkey or Rabbit.)
How often can I feed my dog raw meaty bones?
Note: If your dog chews and ingests the bone, you may notice they get constipated, or their stool can be white and crumbly. That said, marrow bones tend to be a little rich and can cause loose stools, so we recommend those only 1x a week. Finding a happy balance is key, as every dog is different.
For puppies, we recommend softer bones like chicken necks or smaller rib bones.
It is important to always supervise your dog when they are enjoying a raw bone, and get a bone that is larger than their mouth to avoid any swallowing hazards. Especially until you know how your dog chews and which bones are suitable for them.
Can I thaw my raw food & refreeze it?
We also do not suggest microwaving raw food. The heat will destroy the active phytonutrients, enzymes and nutrients, and the ground bone pieces in some proteins may become brittle, which can be a risk.