Getting started

Top Dog Food & Supply celebrates raw feeding for its simple, no-fuss approach to nurturing our pets. When you choose to feed raw, you take the processed out of the process and focus on what matters most. It’s time to unleash the true potential of raw living, by giving your cherished companions exceptionally nutritious food to fuel a healthy and happy lifestyle.

We understand that for some, raw feeding can be intimidating. The internet is a fantastic source of information but can be overwhelming for someone who may be new to feeding raw. Here at Top Dog Food & Supply, we like to stick to the basics - provide variety, feed the way nature intended and have fun doing it! And we make it affordable!

How Do I Start a Species Appropriate Raw Diet for Pets?

Cold turkey!  Get rid of the kibble or processed food and fast your pup for 12 to 24 hours. Fasting allows the kibble to be completely removed from the system for a better transition. Then begin!

Food Sensitivities

Dogs and cats are very sensitive to the high sugar content and insulin spiking ingredients found in dry kibble food. Our pets' guts were not made to eat fillers, synthetic vitamins, minerals or flavorings. Once you pull your pets off processed foods and allow their guts to heal, they should no longer be sensitive to foods. Healthy guts should be able to eat a species-appropriate diet. Get the gut right and food will no longer be an issue.

A great way to repair a damaged gut is by feeding Ground Green Tripe.

How Much to Feed?

Calculate 2.5% of pets best body weight. (2.5% is the amount of food for the whole day). Feed this amount for approximately 2 weeks.  If your pup is too thin you can bump up to 3% of body weight or if too heavy bump down to 2% per day. You want an hourglass figure, but no hips or rib bones should be showing – you should be able to feel the ribs but not be able to clearly see them.

Keep in mind, snacks and treats count towards daily intake!

Feeding Chart

Dog's Weight lbs
% of Weight Amt/Meal
ounces
Amt/Meal
grams
Amt/Day
ounces
Amt/Day
grams
5 2.5% 1.00 28 2.00 57
10 2.5% 2.00 57 4.00 113
15 2.5% 3.00 85 6.00 170
20 2.5% 4.00 113 8.00 227
25 2.5% 5.00 142 10.00 283
30 2.5% 6.00 170 12.00 340
35 2.5% 7.00 198 14.00 397
40 2.5% 8.00 227 16.00 454
45 2.5% 9.00 255 18.00 510
50 2.5% 10.00 283 20.00 567
55 2.5% 11.00 312 22.00 624
60 2.5% 12.00 340 24.00 680
65 2.5% 13.00 369 26.00 737
70 2.5% 14.00 397 28.00 794
75 2.5% 15.00 425 30.00 850
80 2.5% 16.00 454 32.00 907
85 2.5% 17.00 482 34.00 964
90 2.5% 18.00 510 36.00 1021
95 2.5% 19.00 539 38.00 1077
100 2.5% 20.00 567 40.00 1134
105 2.5% 21.00 595 42.00 1191
110 2.5% 22.00 624 44.00 1247
115 2.5% 23.00 652 46.00 1304
120 2.5% 24.00 680 48.00 1361
125 2.5% 25.00 709 50.00 1417
130 2.5% 26.00 737 52.00 1474
135 2.5% 27.00 765 54.00 1531
140 2.5% 28.00 794 56.00 1588
145 2.5% 29.00 822 58.00 1644
150 2.5% 30.00 850 60.00 1701

What should I order?

Any of the blends that have bone and organ included are great for getting started. We have put together a 'starter pack' that we think is perfect for beginning your raw journey. It includes our beef, chicken & turkey Healthy Variety Mixes (HVM). 

What is PMR?

Prey Model Raw (PMR) is made up of ground protein, with 12-13% bone and 15% organs. This is a great blend for all dogs and is also the blend that we recommend for puppies. Puppies need extra bone in their diet especially in the first 4-6 months. When you use this blend for puppies, we also recommend you add a few duck feet and sardines for great nutrition.

What is HVM? 

Healthy Variety Mix (HVM) is made up of ground protein, bone and organs as well as being 10% fruits and veggies. 

Which Should I Feed My Pet?

We recommend feeding both models – PMR and HVM in a rotation of various proteins. Both models have the proteins: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Lamb, Pork and Turkey. 

Can I Mix Raw and Kibble?

Not if you want your pet to have good stools and a healthy gut. Kibble is processed and high in inflammatory ingredients and sugar. 

If you do mix raw and kibble and your pup has digestive upset – simply pull out the processed food and you will see dramatic improvements. If you want to do this for budgeting reasons, we recommend doing one meal of kibble and another of raw. Please do not mix in same meal.