IS IT OKAY TO MIX KIBBLE AND RAW?
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!
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 $$$ real fast. 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 THE BACTERIA?
It's like with meat for human consumption, if you handle it properly, no you will not get sick. But if you improperly handle the meat the risk of infection rises. I always wash down the surface I worked on and every dish. I also use a non-toxic multi-purpose spray to sanitize. Go to "Learn More" to get the recipe!
WHERE DO I SOURCE MY MEAT?
Google and Raw Feeding Facebook groups are your friend! Networking with people close to you is a great way to find sources near by. I don't recommend sourcing from grocery stores since they use conventionally farmed meat and chemicals to keep the meat fresh.
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HOW MUCH FISH SHOULD I FEED?
The general rule of thumb is 15% of the diet. But don't stress on this exact percentage. The reason why fish is so vital in diets is because of its omega 3 properties. I feed fish AND phytoplankton. I feed phytoplankton which is where fish get their source of omega 3s. This ensures she's getting her all her omega 3s from a source free of heavy metals and toxins.
DO I NEED TO FREEZE MY MEAT?
If you are feeding wild game or fish then yes you do. Freeze the meat for a minimum of 3 weeks. This ensures that any parasites/worms in the wild animal dies off and makes it safe for consumption. Any grocery store meat or meat purchased through a raw feeding company should be safe for immediate consumption.
DO I NEED TO ADD SUPPLEMENTS?
Supplements are usually used to fill nutritional gaps in a diet. If you are feeding a "balanced" diet, supplements should not be needed. BUT personally, I feed whole food supplements to add more health benefits to Stormy's bowl. To find out what supplements I feed click here.
HOW MUCH FOOD SHOULD I FEED?
Depending on your dog's age, weight, metabolism, and activity level, the standard is around 2% of their body weight. Stormy has a slower metabolism so she gets around 1-1.5% of her body weight. It's important to keep in mind that every dog is different and we must cater to their biological needs!
WHAT ARE SECRETING ORGANS?
Secreting organs are the liver, kidney, pancreas, spleen, brain, eyeballs, thymus, ovaries, and testicles. These should make up half of the organ ratio fed. Liver must be fed as a constant half due to it's multivitamin properties!
IS THERE ANY NATURAL HEARTWORM PREVENTION?
Modern chemical heartworm has pesticides and toxins to prevent a deadly disease. BUT there is more holistic and natural ways to prevent this such as: diatomaceous earth, pumpkin seeds, natural flea/tick spray, and Heart Worm Free (HWF). Make sure to do your own research on any method before trying and keep exploring any and all topics that intrigue you!
WHAT IF MY DOG IS A PICKY EATER
Some dogs are hesitant to raw or certain new proteins. My solution to this is simply don't feed them. Now I know this sounds hard but fasting for a day or two is actually beneficial by giving their digestive system a rest. Soon they will realize "if I don't eat what's given to me, I don't eat at all". Although if your dog never turns down food and all the sudden is refusing, this is a sign that it's time to involve the vet.
HOW DO I TRANSITION MY DOG FROM KIBBLE TO RAW?
There are various ways to transition since every dog is different. Some dogs can be moved over to raw cold turkey and others need a slow transition. The most common way is to start adding neutral muscle meat such as turkey for a week (I don't recommend chicken). Then along with the turkey adding a little bone for a week. Finally, add in liver and a secreting organ to complete the transition!
WHAT KIND OF BONES DO I FEED?
The size of the bone should equate to the size of the dog. If I have a Great Dane, I would feed turkey necks and feet. But if I had a Yorkie, I would feed chicken necks and guinea heads. 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.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY DOG WON'T EAT ORGANS?
Many dogs are picky with organs. For this I recommend changing the texture of the slimy organs. Freezing or lightly searing organs can change the smell, texture, and taste for dogs to eat! Eventually, this technique can be phased out and the organs can be fed raw!
WHAT IS THEIR 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 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.
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