Raw Feeding Cheat Sheet
We understand that for some raw feeding can be intimidating. This is why we made this raw feeding cheat sheet. 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!
How to Start A Species Appropriate Raw Diet for Pets
Cold turkey! Get rid of the kibble or processed food and fast your pup for 12 to 24 hours. Fasting allows the kibble to be completely removed from the system for a better transition. Then begin!
Dogs and cats are very sensitive to the high sugar content and insulin spiking ingredients found in dry kibble food. Our pet’s guts were not built to digest fillers, synthetic vitamins, minerals, and flavorings. Once you pull your pets off processed foods and allow their guts to heal, they will no longer have sensitivities to foods. Start with a protein you think your pup is not sensitive to. In a few months you should be able to come back to that protein and feed without issues. Healthy guts should be able to eat a species appropriate diet. Get the gut right and food will no longer be an issue.
A great way to repair a damaged gut is by feeding Ground Green Tripe!
How Much to Feed?
Calculate 2.5% of pets best body weight. (2.5% is the amount of food for the whole day). Feed this amount for approximately 2 weeks. If your pup is too thin you can bump up to 3% of body weight or if too heavy bump down to 2% per day. You want an hourglass figure, but no hips or rib bones should be showing – you should be able to feel the ribs but not be able to clearly see them. Your dog’s activity level will also impact how much they eat. More active = more food, Less active = less food. Monitor their figure and adjust as needed.
Example of figuring how much to feed:
If your dog weighs 60-pounds you will multiply 60 by 2.5%. This will be 1.5-pounds daily. We do recommend getting a kitchen scale to measure how much you are feeding to prevent over and under feeding.
Keep in mind, snacks count towards daily intake!
What to Order?
Any of the blends that have muscle meat, bone, and organ included. This includes the PMR and the HVM blends. If you are a seasoned DIY raw feeder, we offer a variety of whole meaty bones, organs, grinds, and more.
What is the PMR Blend?
The Prey Model Raw blend contains 13-15% bone and 15% organ. Great blend for puppies and senior dogs.
What About Veggies?
We have the HVM or Healthy Variety Mix that is our version of the B.A.R.F. diet. Along with the protein, bone, and organ is 5% fruits and veggies.
Which Should You Feed?
We recommend feeding both models – PMR and HVM in a rotation of various proteins. Both models have the proteins: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Lamb, Pork and Turkey.
When to Rotate Proteins?
Wait until your dog or cat is eating well and their poops are nice and firm before switching proteins. Rule of thumb is typically switch up at least every 2 weeks. However you can switch every meal if you desire once they are established on raw.
Can I Mix Raw and Kibble?
Not if you want good stools and a healthy gut. Kibble is processed and high in inflammatory ingredients and sugar. Yes all kibble, especially grain free.
If you do mix raw and kibble and your pup has digestive upset –simply pull out the processed food and you will see dramatic improvements. If you want to do this for a budget reason, we recommend doing one meal of kibble and another of raw. Please do not mix in same meal.
Don’t Feed Boneless
The only time you would feed boneless is if you’re feeding lots of raw meaty bones. Dogs need real bone in their diet for the trace minerals and how they work synergistically with the other parts of the prey animal. In raw grinds the bones are raw, small, and easily digestible.
When to feed Organ-less/ No Organ blends
Some breeds like Dalmatians have issues with purines but that is rare. Most raw feeders feed organ-less blends because they like to rotate various whole or ground organs into the blends. Organs are the multi-vitamins in the raw diet for pets.
Which Omega 3’s Should You Include In Diet?
You need Omega 3’s in your pets diet for many reasons. Try Sardines or Thread Herring they are one of the best Omega 3’s and are packed with Vitamin D as well.
How to feed?
To thaw frozen fish simply place in bowl of water for 5 min – keep fish in package. Yes, you feed heads, guts and all! For those pups that don’t like fish, try Phytoplankton – a whole food that is right up there with our top picks for Omega 3’s. Phytoplankton also contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, chlorophyll, and essential amino acids. If you don’t do real fish or Phytoplankton, then Calamari/Squid Oil is our next recommendation perfect for you and your pet’s health!
Always feed thawed meats. Pets can get brain freeze with frozen meats.
How Much Fish Can You Feed?
We suggest 2-3 full fish meals spread out over the week. Can you just put a couple of fish in with the blends throughout the week? Yes you can.
Add in These Throughout the Week!
Whole raw organic egg can be added up to 5 times a week with raw food. Extra stand-alone organs can be added (up to 20% in the whole diet). For example, if your blend has 15% organs then only add another 5%. Keep liver at 10%. Other nutritious add-ons: Duck feet, duck heads, bison testicles, and tripe are all fantastic!
What is Green Tripe?
Our stand-alone ground tripe and the tripe that is in our Beef with Tripe blends is a beef tripe which is the stomach of the cow. The benefits of green tripe are as follows: balanced Omega 3 and Omega 6, balanced Phosphorus and Calcium, natural digestive enzymes, minerals, and probiotics a.k.a good bacteria. (Yes it’s stinky …but so good for your pup and cat!)
How Much Tripe Can You Add Into Other Blends?
Anywhere from 10 – 30% and you can even feed 2-3 straight green tripe meals a week!
If you have additional questions or concerns or would like to work with our pet health professionals they would welcome your call or email.
Dr. Judy Jasek, DVM – Holistic and Cancer Prevention Vet
Specializing in Raw Feeding, Minimal Vaccines and Antibiotics, Holistic Treatment of Digestive and Skin Issues in Pets.
Nealy Piazza Certified Raw Feeding Consultant & Canine and Pet Health Professional
Specializing in Raw Feeding, Improving Gut Health, and Starting Puppies On the Raw Diet.