Get Started Feeding Raw Dog Food

Stop feeding Kibble right away and start with whole meat (we suggest chicken), for the first few days. The 80/10/10 Complete Mix diet will come shortly after, however do not immediately start with feeding bone or offal to make sure we don't upset the stomach as it is very nutrient dense and the dogs PH level will need to adjust to the much more nutrient, raw diet. 

We recommend feeding your Whole Meat product through the first week of your transition. Once you have successfully gotten through week 1 without any issues, you can begin to introduce our 80/10/10 Complete Mix diet during week 2. Below is a chart to get an idea of what your transitioning timeline will look like.

Raw Feeding Transitioning Guide by Raw Fed K9

How Much Should I Feed?

Raw feeding guidelines are at 2%-3% of the ideal body weight for your dog. If your dog is more active, you can start around 2.5% and increase or decrease as you start seeing their results. Below is a breakdown to see what each of our Complete Mixtures is made of. Each Complete Mix Patty is 1/2lbs, for the example dog below, this dog would receive 4 Complete Mix Patties per day. 

Raw Feeding Guide by Raw Fed K9



SAFE HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS

If you want to feed your dog raw food, it is important that you follow certain steps when storing,handling, and serving the raw food. Valid health concerns do exist for your dog and your family or other animal household members if raw food is not handled and stored in the proper manner. These situations can be mitigated with a few very easily taken precautions to ensure that you, your family and friends, and other pets you have are safe.

Storing Raw Dog Food

You store raw dog food much in the same way you store your own raw food such as hamburger and chicken, place it in secure packaging, such as a covered plastic container, and store it in the freezer.This will help deter bacterial growth and reduce spoiling. Furthermore, keeping raw food frozen at a consistent temperature of 0 °F will prevent the growth of microbes as well as slow down the natural activity of enzymes that are present in food. If you should choose to refrigerate the raw dog food, it must be maintained at a temperature that is consistently 40 °F or below. According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS),“bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 and 140 °F, the "Danger Zone," some doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. A refrigerator set at 40 °F or below will protect most foods. If the food’s temperature increases to 40° or above for two hours or more, you are advised to discard it because there is a strong likelihood that pathogenic bacteria (E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella,etc.) will grow. Pathogenic bacteria don’t necessarily affect the smell, flavor, or consistency of food,but they can cause food borne illness.

Instructions for storage

  • Always store raw pet food at 40 F or below
  • Freeze raw pet food until you are ready to use it
  • Keep Raw pet food separate from other food
  • Immediately refrigerate all leftover raw pet food or discard all leftover raw pet food in a safe manner.

Handling and Serving Raw Dog Food

It is best that any surface the raw food touches, including kitchen counters, cutting boards, knives,food bowls, or your hands, or on surface that may come in contact with raw pet food be washed in case the food contains a pathogenic organism. The FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service)recommends washing your hands and surfaces or objects that come in contact with raw or dried pet food to rid the surfaces of pathogenic bacteria’s.

Instructions for Safe Handling

  • Always wash your hands for 20 seconds after encountering raw of dried pet food.
  • Always wash your hands after touching your pet, especially within the first fifteen minutes after touching any pet that has just eaten.
  • AGAIN, ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN WORKING WITH ANY KIND OF PET FOOD!
  • Do not let your pet lick your face, especially after your pet has just eaten raw or dried pet food.
  • Thoroughly wash and disinfect any surface that has encountered raw pet food, remember raw pet food can splash and bacteria can spread to other surfaces. After washing with hot water and soap, a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach and 4 cups of water is an effective disinfectant.
  • AGAIN, ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN WORKING WITH ANY KIND OF PET FOOD!
  • You can always run items through a dishwasher to clean and disinfect them.
  • Dispose of old or spoiled pet food in a safe manner, such as securing in a bag and properly discarding in the trash.
  • AGAIN, ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN WORKING WITH ANY KIND OF PET FOOD! FOLLOWING THESE SAFE HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS WILL MINIMIZE YOUR EXPOSURE TO PATHOGENIC BACTERIA AND HAVING YOU AND YOUR PET ENJOYING THE MANY BENEFITS OF FEEDING RAW PET FOOD!

The Difference between Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cleaning removes germs (like bacteria) and dirt from surfaces and objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs and dirt. This process doesn’t necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, cleaning lowers the number of germs and the risk of spreading infection.Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces and objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals, such as bleach, to kill germs. This process doesn’t necessarily clean dirty surfaces and objects or remove germs, but by killing germs after cleaning, disinfecting can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

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