FAQ Raw Dog Food

raw dog food answers

Can I thaw the meat in my microwave?

We don’t recommend it. This may cause some of it to cook, and cooked meat causes the destruction of some of the nutrients. Cooked meat is also hard for dogs to digest.

What is the best way to thaw the meat?

We recommend placing the whole container in cool water.

How long does your food last in the fridge after it’s thawed?

5-7 days

Can I thaw and refreeze the meat?

Absolutely! Refreezing it once is fine.

Can I mix the raw food with kibble?

Alternating meals of raw and kibble is fine. We don’t encourage mixing them in the same meal, because it may lead to digestive issues.

What is a good meal plan for my dog?

Feed Premium Mix or Turkey Mix twice daily. If you are feeding single proteins, add a supplement such as Earth Animal Daily Raw.

Should I give supplements?

We recommend supplements such as Earth Animal Daily Raw if you are feeding a single protein. You may also consider joint, or allergy supplements if your dog or cat is in need.

What are your hours?

We are open by appointment Monday-Saturday.

What if my dog doesn’t like it?

99% of dogs love our food, but if yours does not, let us know!

Will there be changes in my dog’s poop?

The raw diet is packed with nutrients that your dog needs. The raw diet is also much easier on their gastrointestinal tract, making it possible for them to synthesize more of their food. This results in dogs having less and more firm stools.

Will my dog get sick?

It is unlikely that your dog will get sick; however, just as changing dry dog food can cause temporary digestive issues, so can transitioning to a raw diet. Most dogs may have one day of loose stool during transition.

What is normal?

As stated above, a day or so of loose stool may occur, but most dogs otherwise do not have any issues.

When should I take my pet to the vet?

We suggest you take your dog or cat to the veterinarian if you suspect they may be in need of medical attention.

For some dogs, there may be an adjustment to the new diet. If your dog seems off for several days, remove the raw food and try a bland diet. Try raw again in a few days.

Could my dog get salmonella?

This is a very rare occurrence. There are many scare tactics discouraging the public from buying raw pet food. What isn’t revealed is that salmonella has been found in dried processed dog food, resulting in the FDA recalling the food.

Is there any truth to the taste of blood” myth?

No, there isn’t. This is truly a myth. Dogs will not generate an insatiable craving to kill once they have tasted blood in the raw food.

How much shall I feed my dog?

3% of the adult weight is a good rule of thumb. But keep in mind that some dogs need more, and some dogs need less. 

How much shall I feed my cat?

2-3% of adult weight is a good rule of thumb. But keep in mind that some cats need more, and some cats need less. 

How should I make the switch from kibble to raw?

If your dog or cat does not have a sensitive stomach, you can switch to raw immediately. With a sensitive stomach, you will need to feed 1 meal of raw and 1 meal of kibble for 1 week and then switch to 100% raw.

Will the small bone pieces cause issues?

No; their bodies are made to digest raw bone. If you have a small breed and are afraid of the large grinds, you can special order a double ground. Cat Food is automatically double ground, so that is an option as well.

Should I give supplements?

No… if you are feeding the premium mix or Turkey Mix, there is no need to supplement. Yes… if you are feeding any of the single proteins. We recommend Earth Animal Daily Raw Powder supplement.

Where do you source your meats?

We source our meat from local traditional farms. Our livestock are free range. For more information on our premium raw food, visit our raw food ingredients page.

What areas do you ship to?

We ship throughout the US.

What hours are you open for pick up?

We are available Monday-Saturday by appointment.

What is your return policy?

If your dog doesn’t like it, simply return within 30 days for a full refund. It must arrive back in good condition. We offer no refunds on custom orders.

Can dogs eat raw chicken?

The short answer is yes, they can. In fact, raw chicken is one of the best things you can feed your dogs. It is safe and far more nutritional than the over-processed animal byproduct combined with unnatural fillers and made into kibbles.

Can dogs eat chicken bones?

This is one of the most common questions we get asked. The short answer is yes, if it is raw. Cooked chicken causes the bones to break and splinter. This can cause all types of serious issues for dogs. They could choke, or the splintered bone could puncture the walls of their GI tract.

The bones in raw chicken are softer and hollow, so dogs can chew it. Bones also have the nutritional value that dogs need, like calcium and phosphorus. Dr. Karen Becker, DVM explains, “You add bone as a part of a balanced diet, instead of using a synthetically produced calcium supplement.”

https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/how-use-bones-raw-dog-food-diet

Will my dog get sick from eating raw meat?

Yes, it is possible. And it is also possible with processed food too. In-fact, the FDA has recalled a lot of processed pet foods.

But maybe your question is: Is raw feeding likely to make my dog sick because of the bacteria? The short answer is not likely. Dogs eat poop, garbage, mice, dead birds, and all sorts of things; yet they rarely get sick. Dogs’ digestive tracts are short and very effective in killing bacteria.

How is the food packaged?

Our meats come from fresh, pasture-raised animals on small local farms. We don’t save any of the good cuts for ourselves, we use the whole animal for food. We do our own processing here at BJ’s Raw Pet Food so it is done quick & humane. The food is frozen quickly to preserve all nutrients. The food is then delivered frozen to your door. Each batch is first served to our own pets so you can trust that we will do everything possible to make sure it’s the best!