Is it okay to mix kibble and raw food?
Yes! Adding any amount of whole fresh foods to a kibble diet will greatly increase the dog's vitality and health. Fresh whole foods such as raw goat milk, bone broth, and fruit are an amazing way to add life back into the bowl. Learn more about Kibble Boosters.
Is raw feeding expensive?
It depends on how much you're willing to put in. If you buy only novel proteins, then yes, it will get quite expensive. But if you know where to look and find great deals, feeding raw can actually cost less than a "high-quality" dry food.
Will I get sick from a food-borne illness?
If handled properly, no, you will not get sick. But if improperly handled, the risk of infection rises. Always wash and sanitize the surface(s) worked on, your hands, and every dish.
How much fish do I feed?
As a rough guideline, fish should make up around 1oz (28g) of fish for every 20lb (9kg). Other guidelines include 15% of the diet be fish. If you have a meal plan, the proper amount will be included. Fish is added as it is a rich source of essential nutrients, particularly vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). Stick to lower level fish such as sardines, smelt, and anchovies to avoid biomagnification. Click here for our guide to fish.
Do I need to freeze the meat before feeding?
If you are feeding wild game or fish, yes. Freeze the meat for a minimum of 3 weeks. Freezing ensures that any parasites/worms in the wild animal dies off and makes it safe for consumption. Never feed wild boar. Any grocery store meat or meat purchased through a raw feeding company should be safe for immediate consumption.
Do I need to add supplements?
If you are feeding a DIY raw diet, yes, additional supplementation will be needed to fill nutrient gaps. Learn more here.
How much food should I feed?
Depending on your dog's age, weight, metabolism, and activity level, the general guideline is around 2% of their body weight. But this can fluctuate. It's important to keep in mind that every dog is different, and you must cater to their individual needs. The amount fed will fluctuate depending on the dog’s activity level, age, and metabolism. Here is a calorie calculator for a general ballpark and how much to feed.
What are secreting organs?
What if my dog is a picky eater?
Some dogs are hesitant to raw or specific new proteins. But more often than not, owners cater to the pickiness, which only makes matters worst. If suddenly your dog is not eating, make sure to rule out any medical conditions first. But if your dog is just picky, try not to make modifications for every meal. Examine life factors that could be contributing to the finicky behavior. Learn more here.
What if my dog won't eat raw organs?
What kind of bones do I feed?
The size of the bone should equate to the size of the dog. The bone should be big enough, so they don't gulp it down and choke but not so big that they can break off chunks. Click here for more information.
What is a "perfect poop" supposed to look like?
On a scale from 1-10, 1 being a puddle and 10 being a cigar, a healthy raw fed poop should look like a 7-10. A raw fed poop will be like a small cigar with no smell and relatively small. A kibble-fed stool will be more of a 3-4 and look like soft serve, be big, and very smelly. Be aware when a dog in transitioning stools are loose.