Feeding Raw

We understand that for some raw feeding can be intimidating. The internet is a fantastic source of information but can be overwhelming and create intimidation to someone who may be new to feeding raw. Here at Top Quality Dog Food, we like to stick to the basics—provide a variety, feed the way nature intended and have fun doing it! And make it affordable!!

Feeding models

You have two main feeding models. Prey Model Raw (PMR) and Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF). Both are great feeding models to use. We do not have a preference of style but, do recommend rotating between the two as the both have their unique benefits.

The PMR diet is based on 80% muscle meat, 10% edible bone, 10% organ. BARF is based on 80% muscle meat, 10 % edible bone, 5% organs and 5% fruits and veggies. It is important to note that when feeding fruits and vegetables you want to feed them finely ground almost like a puree. This will breakdown the cellular walls enabling it to be digestible by your furry four-legged friend.

Pre-Made Raw Diets

For new raw feeders or those who just want an easy, ready to use raw diet, we recommend our PMR Grinds and Healthy Variety Mix’s (HVM). Our PMR Grinds are our variation of the PMR diet consisting 70% muscle meat, 15% bone and 15% organs. Our HVM’s mimic the BARF diet of 70% muscle meat, 15% bone, 10% organs and 5% fruits and veggies.

We recommend that you rotate your proteins. Each protein has their unique benefits and if you stick to one protein or diet you may be shorting your furry friend all of the nutrients they need for balanced lifestyle.

Tripe!

Yes, tripe. It stinks, it is green, and is loaded with probiotics and digestive enzymes. Tripe is a great source to support healthy micro flora in the gut–thanks to the Lactobacillus Acidophilus that green tripe is loaded with. Grass fed green tripe is also loaded with probiotics and digestive enzymes to support healthy digestion. This means your pup will gain the most nutritionally from their meals.

We recommend that you feed tripe at least once a week. This stinky green powerhouse can be mixed in with the pre-made raw diets, feed as is, or as a snack. We offer tripe three different ways:

DIY Raw

DIY Raw mainly falls with the PMR style of feeding. We typically recommend this style of feeding for those who are established with raw feeding and who do not mind getting their hands dirty. Although this is a great style of feeding if you want complete control of your furry friends’ diet, it can be extremely time consuming and not so convenient.  We have a long list of products that can help you with your DIY journey. Sometimes, if you can’t locate a certain product on our website, we might have it in stock. Just ask us for our unique requirements and we can most likely help you with sourcing.

Treats

Yum, treats. Who doesn’t like a yummy treat or snack from time to time? Our pups do. Please keep in mind that treats should be feed as that, a treat. Be mindful of how many treats you—and your family—are feeding daily as this can spike weight gain. It is also important to have plenty of fresh water readily available.

When feeding treats, we recommend that you do not exceed more than 2% of their daily diet.

Recommended Feeding Amount

The question we all have, how much should I feed daily? We recommend that you feed based on your pet’s activity level and weight.

  • If your pet is very active or needs to gain weight, we recommend feeding 4% of their weight daily.
  • If you pet is moderately active and needs to maintain, we recommend feeding 3% of their weight daily.
  • If your pet needs to lose weight or is less than moderately active, we recommend feeding 2.5% of their weight daily.

Safe Handling and Preparation

Please CLICK HERE to read about safe handling and preparation of raw meat and poultry.

We are always happy to help and want to make your raw feeding journey as easy and as fun as possible. If you or your family have any questions or concerns please send us an email at customerservice@topqualitydogfood.com

Safe Handling and Preparation

Please follow these helpful tips for safe handling and preparation of raw meats and poultry.

Safe Storage

  • Store in freezer
    • Check and maintain the temperature of your freezer with an appliance thermometer. The freezer should maintain below 15°F.
  • Keep thawed meat refrigerated in an air tight container.
    • Check and maintain the temperature of your freezer with and appliance thermometer. Your refrigerator should maintain between 33°F and 40°F.
  • Meat and Poultry that have been defrosted in a refrigerator may be refrozen again before feeding. Even if you receive a roll or a few rolls that are not frozen all the way the rolls are still safe for refreezing or to be thawed completely for feeding.

Thawing Meats Safely

  • Thawing meats in the refrigerator allows for slow, safe thawing. Make sure thawing juices do not drip on other foods. We recommend placing the food on top of a plate so if there is any thawing juice it will drip on the plate and not on other foods.
  • For faster thawing, submerge the foods in cold tap water. One of the easiest ways is to stop the drain in kitchen sink fill with 2 inches of cold tap water and submerge food. A deep bowl or pot will work just as well.
  • Do NOT use a microwave to thaw. This will interrupt cells in the meats and destroy the majority of the nutrients your pet needs and cause any bones to splinter which create choking hazards.

Safe Food Preparation and Handling

Some raw food products may contain bacteria that could cause illness if mishandled. Follow these instructions for safest use.

  1. Keep frozen until ready to use.
  2. Thaw in refrigerator or kitchen sink. Do not microwave. Microwaving will cook the meats and if the products contain bones the bones will splinter raising a health risk if fed.
  3. Keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods. Wash working surfaces, utensils (including cutting boards, preparation and feeding bowls), hands, and any other items that touch or contact raw meat or poultry with hot soapy water.
  4. Refrigerate any leftovers immediately in an air tight container or discard.
  5. Do not keep refrigerated for more than 48 hours. If you are not going to use the leftovers within 48 hours, refreeze.
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