Your dog or cat can handle a much greater bacterial load than any human. To start, their saliva contains antibacterial properties that destroys harmful bacteria.
And with a short digestive tract, food exits before bacteria has time to colonize. Lastly, the extremely acidic environment in the gut is a huge deterrent of bacteria colonization.
Short Digestive Tract
Extremely Acidic Gut
101-102.5 F Body Temp
Feed your Pet a Complete Diet
High quality complete meals make raw feeding super easy
The term 'Complete' references a ratio of food that is equivalent to what a dog or cat may eat in nature if it were a wild animal. This ratio is referred to as the 80/10/10 rule, meaning 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ.
We know that feeding a 100% raw diet doesn’t work for everyone, and that’s alright!
When it comes to raw feeding, a partial diet is better than nothing at all. We actually have a lot of customers who feed their pets an almost 100% kibble diet. They still want their dog or cat to receive the benefits of raw so they either substitute a few meals throughout the month or just give a little raw food as a special treat every now and then.
If you’re going to partial feed we recommend a high-end dry dog food. This is because high-end dry dog food can still provide your pet with adequate nutrition. When food is cooked at high temperatures, most of the natural nutrients are depleted. With high-end kibble, those natural nutrients are then supplemented back into the food. Call
(866) 368-3369 and a raw feeding specialist will be happy to talk with you about the various ways to partial feed your pet!
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.
While mixing is not recommended, doing so can be okay at times. Call
(866) 368-3369 and a raw feeding specialist will be happy to talk with you about the various ways to transition.
Start with one protein source. Once stool returns to normal consistency, small and firm, then you can begin to incorporate additional protein sources.
As you begin to add proteins, always remember to remain patient. It’s important your pet is acclimated to each new protein source before introducing a new one.
As you continue to feed raw, make sure to monitor your pet’s weight. Adjust their daily portions according to whether they need to gain, lose or maintain weight.
Your pet has been eating kibble all it’s life. Once switched to a natural, raw diet, your pet’s body will begin to cleanse itself. Stay patient.
Raw feeding is a continual learning experience. The Raw Paws Customer Support Team is standing by to help you get started and answer your questions.