WHY DID WE WRITE THIS GUIDE?
Welcome to the world of raw feeding for your dog!
It can be scary to stray off the beaten path, especially when you’re getting flack from your veterinarian, family, and friends.
You may be at the point where you are 100% committed to adopting a raw food diet for your dog, but after doing a bit of research online, you’re now more confused than ever!
It seems that nobody agrees.
Can’t all these raw food gurus just get along?!
We understand how confusing this can be. Maybe you thought it would be simple:
Just buy some frozen meat and voila, happy puppy. But I plead with you to not throw in the towel just yet.
Reading this guide will help clear the confusion without being dogmatic (no pun intended) about any particular school of thought.
At the end of the day, your personal beliefs, budget, time, and your dog’s bio-individuality are all going to factor into what form of raw feeding you eventually choose. So review this guide to start building (or refreshing) your knowledge on all things related to the raw food diet for your favorite pooch.
WHO IS THIS GUIDE FOR?
Whether you’re a new initiate who has loyally fed their dog kibble for years, or you’re a raw food connoisseur who’s looking for some fresh perspective, you’ll definitely benefit from reading this guide.
If you’re a newbie, you might be wondering why you would need a guide at all? Can’t you just throw some ground beef in a bowl and be done with it? To be clear:
Feeding your dog raw food requires a bit more expertise and preparation than your dog’s former kibble-based diet required.
HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE?
Raw Food Noobs: If you’re new to raw dog food, I would suggest reading through this guide from start to finish.
Just like a good soup, you need to create a solid base if you want the final product to turn out!
You may be tempted to skip to the recipe page so you can start feeding your dog raw food right away. To that we suggest:
Pump the brakes! Slow down and read the material. Let it soak in.
At least until you understand why raw dog feeding is beneficial, and what you need to do to ensure your pup gets all the nutrition he needs.
Raw Dog Food Connoisseurs: Although every section provides useful information, don’t feel bound to read through this guide from front to back.
Simply jump to the section you’re most interested in.
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RAW DOG FOOD THEORY
Why raw dog food?
After all….Kibble-based foods are just so easy: Scoop, pour, done! (repeat)
Sure, kibble is easy for YOU, but what about your dog’s stomach? Or his immune system, teeth, gums, coat, skin, and breath?
Read on and we’ll tell you what’s wrong with conventional dog kibble and why raw feeding is best for your dog.
BONUS: We list the most helpful benefits & namedrop some raw dog feeding celebs.
CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS
Am I going to kill my dog if I mix the wrong ingredients?
Will it cost an arm and a leg to feed my dog an arm and a leg?
Does raw dog food preparation take up so much time that I won’t be able to binge-watch my Netflix programs?!
All valid (and common) concerns when considering going raw.
This chapter arms you with some great tips, tricks, and hacks for overcoming these challenges.
Just what is the raw dog food Prey model?
In one word:
meat. Meat? MEAT!!!
If Ron Swanson were a raw food dog owner, he’d definitely subscribe to the Prey Model (no veggies allowed).
Keep reading to learn more about Prey, including recommended %’s between muscle meat, bone, and organ meat.
B.A.R.F. is the other raw dog food model.
What’s the difference between the 2 models?
Vegetables. And supplements.
Veggies get the O.K. from B.A.R.F.ers because the wild animals consumed by dog’s ancestors would have also consumed the other “stuff” in their prey’s bellies.
Nom Nom Nom.
If that wasn’t enough to hook you, keep reading and we might even tell you what BARF stands for.
HANDLING & STORING RAW DOG FOOD
You might be tempted to skip this section.
Unless you’re a fan of Salmonella.
Then skip over this section.
This chapter also covers things like how long is too long for raw meat in the fridge and why picking your nose is bad.
RECIPES & SHOPPING LISTS
It’s almost time to roll up your sleeves and get our hands raw meat dirty!
But first, what do you buy?
Where do you buy it from?
Do you just throw it all in a bowl, scream BAM, and voila!?
Read on, because we answer these questions with our words and some videos.
There are a lot of questions surrounding raw dog food.
We tried to hit the most burning in the preceding chapters, but you undoubtedly have more.
That’s what this section is for. Filling in the gaps.
Oh, and this chapter (like this entire guide) will be continually updated, so get in touch today about anything (even just to send us your adorable dog devouring raw meat photos).