Things to Consider

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There are always things to consider when switching to raw such as Space, Veterinarian help, Safe Handling of food, Where to feed and your dogs eating habits. The following information will give you tips on what to do and what to look for.

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Space

When feeding a raw food diet, it can definitely take up freezer space, it can take up a lot depending on the size and number of your pets. Make sure you have made enough room in your freezer to accommodate your pets food. If, like me, you like to save money, buying in bulk is definitely the way to go. However, be aware that this will take up much more freezer space.

Veterinarians

Will your veterinarian be able or willing to support you and your pet on their journey to a species appropriate diet?

An educated veterinarian can mean the difference between an easy transition onto raw and a messy one. It is so unbelievably helpful to have the knowledge and support of a trusted veterinarian and can end up saving you a lot of money.

Safe Handling

Make sure you, and anyone else that will be feeding your pet , understands how to safely handle raw meat, bones and organs.  Quoted from the website Wild At Heart Pets, the correct way to handle raw pet food is:

The general rule is to handle raw food the same way you handle human raw meat.

  • Thawed food can be kept in the refrigerator for about 3- 4 days
  • Leftovers can be kept but should be refrigerated immediately
  • In the case of bones we recommend that the bone be discarded after use as old bones become dry and brittle
  • Defrost the food unopened in cool water or placed the refrigerator for thawing
  • Always keep the food frozen until you are ready to use it; do not refreeze thawed food products
  • Wash utensils and working surfaces with hot soapy water in the same manner you wash your own
  • Stainless steel or other non porous material dishes are recommended
  • Make sure the pets dish and feeding area is thoroughly washed after use

source: http://www.wildatheartpets.com

Gulpers & Bolters

Be aware that either way you transition your pet to a species appropriate diet, they are likely to be excited about it. So be careful! You don’t want your dog to try to gulp down a whole chicken neck because he’s so excited so make sure he knows to chew!

The following link is a great article with information for pet owners who may have a ‘gulper’ or ‘bolter’. They list some reasons why the pet may be behaving this way, which would help you make the suitable changes and there is a list of suggestions on how to feed a ‘gulper’. You can find the information on Gulpers & Bolters on page 13:  http://puppybutt.weebly.com

Where to Feed

Another thing to consider is where you will want to feed your pet. With our Hoven Farm Healthy Food For Pets beef patties you can easily feed your pet their patty in their dish. You may want to choose a specific place for your pet to enjoy their meaty bones, since you may not want to find them lying on your new white carpet with a juicy bone between their paws. Some pet owners will have their dogs lie in their crate to enjoy a bone, or lie on a specific old towel or eat out in the backyard. Wherever you choose to feed your pet, ensure that they are well supervised and that the area is given a good cleaning after their meal.