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Getting Started – What’s the 411?

Mighty Meaty

We often get asked when the right time is to rotate proteins. Our advice would be to wait until your pup (or feline friend) is eating well and poops are nice and firm before changing proteins around. As a rule of thumb, typically switch things up at least every 2 weeks. However, you can switch every meal if you desire to do so once they are established on raw.

Another question that often pops up when pet parents first get started is whether to feed boneless. 

Our raw grinds contain bones that are raw, small, and easily digestible. We recommend that you only feed boneless if you’re also providing your pet with lots of raw meaty bones. As dogs need real bone in their diet for not only the trace minerals but also how they work synergistically with the other parts of the prey animal. 

Alpha & Omega

Organs are accredited as the almighty multi-vitamins of raw feeding, so why let your pets go without? 

Occasionally there are situations where it is best to feed “organ less” such as for some breeds like Dalmatians that have issues with purines. Although rare, this is something worth being aware of and researching further. It is also becoming more popular for raw feeders that prefer to add various organs into the meal themselves to choose no organ blends. This option provides more freedom, choice, and creativity if that’s your thing. 

Moving on to Omega-3… 

Sardines are undoubtedly one of the best ways to introduce Omega-3 into your pets’ raw diet. A great source of essential fatty acids and packed with powerful Vitamin D! We suggest integrating 3 full fish meals spread out over the week, or alternatively adding a couple of sardines in with your existing blends over the same period. Definitely, one to add to your basket and give a try!

Here’s the how-to for feeding sardines: to thaw frozen fish simply place in a bowl of water for 5 minutes (keep inside the packaging). You can feed your pets everything including both fish heads and guts. Remember to always feed thawed meats, otherwise, your pets can suffer from “brain freeze” when raw meat is still frozen.

For those pups who don’t like fish, Phytoplankton supplements contain almost everything your dog needs to be fighting fit including chlorophyll, carotenoids, and essential amino acids. It’s right up there with our top picks for Omega-3. If neither of these options works for you, then Calamari/Squid Oil is our next best recommendation… perfect for both you and your pet to take!

Tripe & Terrific Top-Ups

When it comes to raw feeding, you’ve reached the fun part when everything gets a little more personalized. Think along the lines of ‘create your own’ pizza and start to imagine the endless combinations. It’s all a game of percentages and balancing these added extras throughout the week.

So, what’s on the menu? Additions like duck feet, duck heads, and tripe are all great choices! Whole raw organic eggs can also be incorporated 5 times a week on top of your raw dishes. As well as, up to 20% extra stand-alone organs within the whole diet (this means if your blend has 15% organs then only add another 5% on top). 

Remember to keep liver at 10%.

It may kick up a stink, but green tripe continues to create a great deal of hype within the raw feeding community for its superfood benefits. Green tripe is known for its healthy balance of Omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) to Omega-6 (essential fatty acids) and optimal Phosphorus/Calcium ratio alongside added digestive enzymes, minerals, and gut-friendly bacteria. 

Our stand-alone ground tripe and the tripe that is in many of our blends is grass-fed beef tripe which is the nutrient-rich stomach lining of the cow. You can add anywhere from 10-30% tripe into other blends and even feed 2-3 straight green tripe meals per week!

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