What is it?
Raw pet food is a combination of raw meat, organ, bone, and sometimes fruits, vegetables, or vitamin supplements.
Why feed raw?
Raw food is designed to be similar to a dog's natural ancestral diet. Not only is your pet's system better at processing and digesting raw, but it results in smaller, firmer stool, healthier skin and coat, reduced allergy symptoms, better weight management, and some other great benefits.
It's always best to do as much research as possible when it comes to your pet's nutrition. We've highlighted some important information about raw diets on this page, but feel free to continue to research elsewhere to find out what is the best for your pet!
The bacteria in the raw meat will not harm your dog, and feeding them a raw diet will not give them parasites. Unfortunately, it can still be dangerous to feed your dog a raw diet if the right steps aren't followed. There are a few things you should remember to make sure you and your pet stay healthy.
1) Always wash your pet's dish after feeding them raw food. You wouldn't eat off the same plate for a week, would you? (We hope not)
2) Thaw the frozen food either overnight in the fridge or in cold water. Leaving it out at room temperature is not recommended as bacteria can grow on it and spoil the meat. Microwaving the meat kills all the enzymes in it and makes the fats less digestible, so that is not recommended either.
3) Just like when handling raw meat from the grocery store for your own meals, wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling and wash anything the raw meat has touched with hot, soapy water. This is more for your benefit than your pet's.
Most of the bacteria that grows on raw meat won't harm your pet, but it can be dangerous to you and your family if the right procedures aren't followed. Just be sure to handle it as you would any other raw meat, and you will be fine.
In 2013 we started carrying our own brand of raw dog food, prepared by a local butcher.
It comes in frozen blocks that are approximately 1lb and are available for purchase individual blocks or bags of 10.
We have straight beef, and chicken with bone. Neither are supplemented with vitamins or vegetables so as to keep the cost down. You can easily add your own vegetables or one of the supplements we carry, like NuproGold, or consider one of the other raw foods we carry like "Jake and Daisey's" or "Petobee", which are both complete diets.
We recommend you feed a 1/2 lb per day for every 20 lbs of your dog's body weight.
If you have any questions about our raw food or if you would like a free 1lb sample, come by the store and we'll make sure you get all the information you need!
Chicken with Bone