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For an average active dog that is at his ideal weight, you would feed 2% of his body weight per day, for example, for an 80 lb dog you would feed 2 lbs per day. A good rule of thumb is 1/2 lb per 20 lbs of dog per day, its fairly simple. If your dog needs to gain weight, add 1/4 lb of per meal, if he needs to lose weight reduce by 1/4 lb per meal. these are just guidelines, some dogs with higher metabolisms may require more food, and older and less active pets may require less. It’s a good idea to weigh your dog every few weeks at the start of switching to a raw diet to ensure they are getting sufficient nutrition.
For Large dogs: We have bulk options
For Small dogs: We have 1/4lb or 1/2lb options as well
For Cats: We would recommend 3% or more of their body weight if they are active, for example a 10 lb cat should get about 1/3 of one of our containers. You will need to adjust this according to your cat’s physical condition, and some cats may need more if they are outdoor cats or extremely active, you may have to bump it up as needed.
HOW MUCH WILL A RAW DIET COST?
Your estimated feeding costs are dependent on the size and activity level of your dog however the following formula may be helpful for budget considerations: Formula: Weight of Dog x 2% x $2.75 (Average cost per lb) x 28 Days (7 Days x 4 Weeks) = Cost per month. PLEASE NOTE: Cost varies depending on the protein choices you choose to feed your dog. Chicken and Beef are less expensive than Rabbit and Duck for example. Adding raw meaty bones such as chicken necks or beef brisket bones to your dog’s weekly meal plan can also be beneficial in reducing your feeding costs per day. We are very willing to help provide you with recommendations regarding keeping your feeding costs as economical as possible.
ARE RAW BONES DANGEROUS FOR MY DOG?
Uncooked, raw bones are safe for your dog and in fact a raw diet consists of raw meaty bones either ground or whole. Beef bones can crack a tooth if they sit and dry out, and smoked and cooked bones are dangerous. Chicken bones are not likely to hurt your dog’s teeth and are excellent for cleaning teeth.
ALWAYS supervise your pet when chewing on raw bones.
WHAT ABOUT BACTERIA AND SALMONELLA?
Simply put, dogs’ digestive systems are not the same as humans. They digest food more quickly and their digestive systems are also more acidic which makes it almost impossible for them to get sick from bacteria. However, we do believe that it is important to wash your hands, counters, and dog dishes after feeding. Your dog’s raw food should also be kept frozen until ready to use and thawed in your refrigerator.
Bacteria is all around us, it is everywhere, from the kitchen counter to your computer keyboard, you just can’t get away from it. One of the biggest concerns people and vets have about feeding a raw diet is the presence of harmful bacteria in the meat. This is what I always tell my customers and the vets that ask the question… not all raw diets are created equal. All the brands we carry take particular steps to prevent the growth of bacteria in our foods. So the food is considered extremely safe.
All of the raw materials used are inspected by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) as they are human-grade. This ensures the highest quality of meats. The meats are processed quickly, again so that bacteria does not have a chance to grow. By using these good manufacturing guidelines these brands ensure the best products.
Dogs can handle a certain load of bacteria without any issue, so it really isn’t anything to worry about. Just make sure you feed a high quality commercial raw diet, avoid people that sell raw meat for really cheap and that do it out of their homes. Not all raw diets are created equal.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS ALL CANADIAN AND HORMONE & ANTIBIOTIC FREE?
Yes. Brands we carry only use Canadian & CFIA inspected human grade meat suppliers to ensure a safe raw pet food diet. All the foods are hormone & antibiotic free and preservative free.
MY DOGS POOP IS ALOT SMALLER AND IT TURNS WHITE IS THIS NORMAL?
Yes, this is normal. Everything your dog eats his/her body utilizes and therefore less waste is eliminated. Additionally because the food is free of preservatives and commercial processes and fillers the poop biodegrades quickly into your lawn. If you dog has trouble passing a stool increase the portion of beef, lamb or tripe in your dogs diet. Too much bone may cause occasional constipation and “fossil poops” in some dogs.