How do I start my pet on a raw diet?
Transition should be gradual. It is understandable to want to get your animal switched to the best possible diet as quickly as possible. However, animals that have been eating kibble or canned food have adjusted to digesting those foods. You have to switch slowly, introducing the raw food in small meals separate from the processed diet. You will gradually increase the size of the raw meal while decreasing the size of the other meals, eventually replacing the processed food meals, one at a time, with raw food meals, then eliminating the extra meal.
Will my family or I get sick from feeding my pet raw?
Raw feeding is no different than cooking for yourself and family within your own home. Standard sanitary habits should be practiced when handling raw meat such as cleaning your area thoroughly after prepping, washing hands after touching raw meat, sanitizing utensils once they have been used on raw meat, etc.
Do you make a puppy formula?
All of our food can be fed to puppies as soon as they start eating solid food. All recipes are formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the American Association of Feed Control Officials. It is complete and balanced for all life stages, including the youth of large dogs. (70 lbs or more as an adult.)
How should I thaw it?
It’s best to thaw it in the refrigerator, in a pan or bowl. This will take 2-4 days to thaw completely. If you need to give that a head start, you can leave it on your counter for up to 2 hours, and then move it to the fridge.
Can I microwave it?
Microwaving can destroy the natural enzymes, cook the bone that should remain raw, and create hot spots that could burn your pet. And there are metal clips on the end of each chub.
A much better way is a water bath. Put the chub in a pan or bucket of cool water. Change the water every 10 minutes and it will thaw quickly.
How long does it last after thawing?
About 3 days.
Can I repackage and refreeze it?
Absolutely! You may want to portion it out. Just partially or fully thaw it, portion it, and refreeze it in a timely manner. If it’s been thawed for more than 3 days it should be used that day or thrown out. Freezing old food does not make it fresher.
Where's all the poop?
This is a great benefit, isn't it? The dog's stool is usually smaller and firmer on a raw diet. Instead of eating a lot of filler that just passes through the dog, more of the food is used and digested. If the dog is maintaining the proper weight, less poop is just fine. Also, it smells less. Weird, but true. Not that we suggest you do a comparison sniff test...
Is he constipated on raw? He seems to be straining to go.
Again, because there's less filler, less will come out. There will not be a large loose pile, but smaller and firmer poop. And yes, they may have to push a bit more, but that's a good thing. It helps evacuate the anal glands, so you won't have to pay your groomer to do that.
However, if the dog really does seem to be constipated, give them a spoonful or two of canned pumpkin. If it seems to be a regular thing for your dog, just add a spoonful to your dog's food daily. Some dogs just need a bit more fiber. The pumpkin is low in calories, good for them, and they love it.