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Feeding Guide & Schedule

When you shop at Raw Paws Pet Food, your raw food will arrive at your doorstep frozen. Sometimes, during the warmer months - product may thaw slightly. In any instance, upon delivery it's important to transfer the food to your freezer as quickly as possible to maintain freshness. Try to avoid leaving out for longer than five hours. Throughout preparation and serving, make sure to follow proper safe-handling techniques to help ensure a successful and long-term raw feeding schedule for you and your pet.

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Preparation

In accordance with AAFCO standards, we recommend thawing frozen food in the refrigerator. It will take a minimum of 48 hours to completely thaw in the fridge. To ensure optimum freshness and prevent spoilage, only thaw three days worth of raw food at a time. See our Serving Size Calculator to determine how much food to feed your pet!

  • Keep raw food frozen until ready to defrost to prepare a three day portion.
  • Only defrost in refrigerator, never on the countertop, sink or other surface.
  • Use separate cutting boards, knives and utensils with different raw product to avoid cross-contamination.
  • After portioning frozen food to thaw, tightly wrap, and promptly return remaining frozen food to the freezer.
  • While in fridge, store raw food in a plastic bag/tub or stainless steel tub, with a lid.
  • Store raw food in the lowest compartment of the fridge to avoid cross contamination.
  • Keep raw food separate from other foods and food surfaces.
  • After handling raw food, remember to wash hands and utensils thoroughly.
  • When finished, clean preparation surfaces with antibacterial wipes or bleach.

Use our Serving Size Calculator to determine how much raw food your pet requires!

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Serving

We recommend feeding in an area of your home where the floor can be easily cleaned, or outside if possible. If you’re a ‘newbie’ to raw we also suggest monitoring your pet while feeding. We are advocates of serving any raw product in stainless steel bowls because other materials such as plastic and porcelain are porous and can trap germs over time.

  • Place one serving into food bowl and promptly return remaining raw food into the fridge.
  • After handling raw food, remember to wash hands thoroughly.
  • If pet leaves any food in bowl, immediately place back in fridge.
  • Discard food that sits out without refrigeration for longer than two hours.
  • Wash food bowl with hot, soapy water after meal time.
  • After serving, clean all surfaces that may have been exposed to raw food.
 

Schedule

Since frozen raw food takes a minimum of 48 hours to thaw in a refrigerator, and thawed food should be kept in the refrigerator for a maximum of 3 days, we recommend pulling food from your freezer to the refrigerator every three days.

Repeat Cycle
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8
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Day 1 Thaw
Day 2
Day 3 Feed
Day 4 Thaw
Day 5
Day 6 Feed
Day 7 Repeat
Day 8 Cycle
Day 9

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Transitioning from Kibble

It’s important to slowly, and properly transition your pet to a raw diet. When starting the switch, feed your pet 75% old food and 25% new raw food. If your pet is really sensitive to the change, trying adding only 10% new raw food at first. Wait for your pet's stool to normalize before increasing the ratio of raw food. It usually takes around three weeks for a pet's body to adapt to a raw diet. That said, every pet is unique so the time it takes to fully transition may vary.

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