Get Started Feeding Raw

How to Get Started Feeding a Raw Diet
1. Choose one protein from our Premium Mixes to get started.

Our Premium Mixes are the perfect raw mix of 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ. Choose one type of meat to get started feeding raw, such as: Beef, Turkey, Pork, Lamb, or Duck. Add new protein 1 at a time to rule out any allergies. Our Turkey Mix is a mild protein to get started feeding raw with.

When transitioning from kibble to raw, we recommend skipping a meal to allow your pet’s system to reset. We’ve found it’s easiest to switch over “cold turkey” instead of mixing ratios of kibble and raw food to transition.

2. Determine how much to feed with RawDelivery’s Raw Feeding Chart.

You’ll feed about 2% of your dog’s IDEAL adult weight - more for really active dogs and less for older dogs and couch potatoes. 

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*A puppy will need 10% of their current weight until that becomes 2-3% of their ideal adult weight (typically this only takes 3-4 months).

3. Adjust meal size based on your dog’s appearance and feel.
Monitor your dog’s body condition and weight. You should feel the ribs when you pet your dog’s side lightly. No digging for them! Seeing the last rib or two is good, and seeing more when they breathe heavy is also good.
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4. Add Supplements, As Needed for Your Dog
We recommend adding an Omega 3 Fish Oil when feeding raw. We like Nordic Naturals.

For dogs with digestive issues, you could add:
Quality Probiotics:  PB8 or Garden of Life brands
Digestive Enzymes:  Standard Process, MultizymesSupplements depend on the individual dog.

Talk with your vet or give us a call if you have questions.

Barf, Whole Prey, NRC Diets can use our mixes as is, or as a base.
Detoxing Is Normal & Healthy
When switching your pet from kibble to a raw diet, your pet will go through a detox process that is normal. Most people don’t notice a change, however your pet may experience any of the following symptoms:

- Soft stool often means too much and/or too soon - feed less
- White stool means too much bone; if this occurs after detox, reduce bone
- Bone in stool or vomit during detox means their stomach is learning to process the bones; after detox, reduce bone
- Hunger pukes can happen as your pet adjusts to a raw diet; add a small snack such as a little meat frozen into a Kong. Varying mealtimes can help avoid this issue.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Raw Feeding Tips
- Feed a variety of proteins - Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, Duck Salmon, Sardines & more! Don’t let your dog get picky - no buffets!
- Aim for 80/10/10 = 80% Meat, 10% Bone, 10% Organ (½ Liver, ½ other secreting organs)
- No Grains
- Feed some meaty edible bones for dental health, which affects overall health (this doesn’t include knuckle or marrow bones, which are just too hard; these can be fed recreationally).
- 50% or more should be red meat as opposed to poultry or fish