FAQ

General Information

How much do I feed my dog on a raw diet?

Raw Feeding guidelines suggest:

2% - 2.5% for ideal dogs
1.5% for dogs needing to slim down
3% for dogs that need to gain weight

Example:
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 weight your dog every few weeks especially when starting a raw diet so you can adjust accordingly if needed.

Cats we suggest feeding 2% to 3% off of their body weight.

How do I transition my Dog or Cat?

You have 2 options:

Immediate: Fast your dog 12 to 24 hours, we suggest serving their first meal at room temperature, the first few days. Giving there 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

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 per meal. If they need to lose weight, reduce by ¼ ln per meal.

When transitioning start with a simple protein like our Pure Chicken or Pure Turkey for the first week, these proteins are easier to digest, which aids in a quicker & smoother transition.

Do I need to add anything else to my dog’s raw food?

If you are feeding our Pure formulas, you will need to add kelp powder & a cold water fish oil like our Herring Oil (Omega 3 fatty acid), but if you are feeding our Pure Salmon or Turkey Salmon, you do not have to supplement with the fish oil.

Kelp:
  • Has over 60 Minerals, Amino acids & Vitamins.
  • Improves Digestion.
  • Promotes healthy skin & coat.
  • Helps Build a stronger immune system.
  • Promotes faster healing & decrease the chance of disease.
  • Aids with Hypothyroidism.

    Fish Oil:
  • Provides essential fatty acids for dogs & cats of all ages & life stages.
  • Reduce inflammation – arthritis/joint issues.
  • Increased energy.
  • Reduces the risk of stroke & heart problems.
  • Relives skin issues.
  • Helps with GI issues.

    Probiotics:
    Are simply and naturally a beneficial boost to your pets’ raw diet, especially when it comes to their immune & digestive health. These supplements support microflora that is naturally found in your dog’s gut, enhancing digestion and the absorption of nutrients.

    A probiotic can:
  • Aid with upset tummy or diarrhea.
  • Soothe allergy symptoms.
  • Restore the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut.
  • Provides enzymes & Microbial for proper digestion.
  • Supports the immune system.

    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, like; Goats milk, Bone broth, Pure Pumpkin if you are targeting a specific ailment, then you may want to look at supplements
  • What is Tripe?

    Tripe refers a type of edible Offal from the stomachs of various grazing, farm animals such as Cattle, Sheep, Lamb & Goat.

    Green tripe is called "green" because it refers to it being untreated & unbleached - unlike the bleached tripe found in grocery stores.

    Green tripe offers:
  • Amino Acids
  • Protein
  • Natural probiotics & Digestive enzymes
  • Optimal Calcium to Phosphorus ratios
  • Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Vitamins & minerals

    Tripe has many benefits too:
  • Great for picky eaters
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Aids with illness or recovery
  • Great for sensitive tummies
  • Coprophagia
  • Dental health
  • Will my dog become aggressive feeding a raw diet?

    This is a myth. Feeding a raw diet won’t cause or worsen any behavioural problems, it’s the complete opposite. Eating a raw diet can calm your dog, because their stomachs aren’t struggling to digest a diet full of carbohydrates or fillers from a processed diet.

    Can I feed kibble & raw?

    Yes, you can feed both kibble & raw, but we suggest feeding them in separate meals, as they digest in the colon at different rates. If this is something you choose to do, we recommend feeding raw in the morning & a high-quality kibble in the evening. So, the raw has a chance to pass through before the digestive tract must deal with the slower digesting kibble. By adding a good quality probiotic will aid in better digestion or transition.

    Your dog’s digestive tract is more than capable of processing a raw diet vs a kibble-based diet as mixing may cause stomach upset due to the (60%) starch content & can lead to further issues. Your pet will reap many benefits from feed a 100% raw diet & minimize vet bills.

    What is the difference between your Gourmet Blends & Pure Formulas?

    Gourmet Blends contain one or two proteins, consisting of 75% Muscle meat, 10% Offal organ meat, 10% Ground bone & 5% mix of Kale, Kelp, Spinach & tripe. They are complete and balanced to NRC standards. – Thaw & Serve

    Pure Formulas contain 80% Muscle meat 10% Offal organ meat & 10% ground bone with no added vegetables. Pure Formulas are great for dogs with allergies or doing an elimination diet. it also gives you the option to add your own other things your pet may require.

    Specialty Blends Chicken & Lamb & Performance blend both contain tripe, while our Turkey, salmon has noting add.

    What about bacteria & salmonella?

    A dog’s digestive system is not the same as a human, the first defense is a dog or cats’ saliva which kills bacteria entering with food and protects against harmful pathogens. The second defense is they have high acid stomachs (pH 1-2) and contains strong hydrochloric acid (HCL) making it almost impossible for them to get sick.

    But 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?

    Yes, it can help reduce or halt their 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 & Mouth). The most common one we hear is food from a commercial based diet, which contain fillers, such as grains, sugars & starches. These are not “biologically” meant for our pets & over time can put stress on their organs & suppress their immune system, creating or triggering reactions & allergies like:

  • Chronic yeast infections (ears & feet)
  • Hot spots
  • Rashes or hives
  • GI upset - Diarrhea and gas
  • Joint issues

    Switching your dog or cat to a raw diet & adding a good quality probiotic, will significantly help restore the health of the digestive tract & support your pets’ immune system, from the inside out.

    NOTE: If your pet is suffering from allergies, we suggest doing an elimination diet (example) simple protein like our Pure Turkey, Rabbit.

  • How often can I feed my dog raw meaty bones?

    We suggest 1 to 2 times per week, they are great for recreational chewing & as part of a meal replacement. Bones provide great dental & gum hygiene, alongside their raw diet, but also their mental & physical exercise too.

    Note: if your dog chews & ingests the bone, you will notice they may get constipated or their stool can be white & crumbly. Where 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, & always get a bone that is larger than their mouth to avoid any swallowing hazards. Especially until you will learn how our dog chews & which bones mat be suitable for them.

    Can I thaw my raw food & refreeze it?

    Yes, you can safely thaw the food in your refrigerator & refreeze it. BUT If you thaw it at room temp/in your sink or on your counter, you must use the food within 3 days (DO NOT REFREEZE). Thawing, refreezing and re-thawing raw meat may or can leach out moisture, changing the integrity of the product.

    We also do not suggest microwaving raw food for a few reasons. The heat will destroy the active phytonutrients & enzymes the nutrients & the ground bone pieces in some proteins can become brittle, which can be a risk.

    Is your food Hormone, Antibiotic-free & Human-grade?

    Yes, all our food is locally sourced, from federally inspected facilities, CFIA Certified made from 100% Canadian, human-grade, Hormone & Antibiotic meats. Our food complete & balanced - NRC (National Research Council).

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