Today I’m sharing 10 things I wouldn’t dream of doing in my capacity as a prey model raw feeder with 4+ years of experience to look back on.
Enjoy and feel free to share what you don’t do in the comment section if you’re a raw feeder as well.
Questions about raw feeding? Feel free to leave them in the comment section as well!
1. We never complain about raw meal prep
That’s because we go into super nerd mode when we get ready to put our dogs’ raw meals together – followed by proudly posting pictures of our meals on social media!
2. We never pass up a deal on raw meat
We get super excited about turkeys on sale after the holidays, when our local grocery store has a BOGO (buy one, get one free) deal on bags of raw chicken leg quarters, or when our favorite raw dog food retailer has hearts on sale!
3. We’re never squeamish about feeding what others would consider “odd” cuts of meat
We understand that variety is key in feeding our pups, so we’re happy to feed uterus, brains, heads, and similar cuts of meat.
Wally about to eat a quail stuffed with green tripe
4. We never stress out about every single meal being 100% balanced
Instead, we achieve balance over the course of about 5-7 days. It’s totally fine to feed a raw meaty bone for breakfast, followed by muscle meat and secreting organs for dinner.
Wally eating a raw turkey neck (still partially frozen)
5. We never feed cooked bones
That’s probably one of the biggest no-no’s in raw feeding. Cooking bones changes their density and turns them from soft and pliable into hard and brittle, i.e. dangerous.
More on how to safely feed raw meaty bones in my blog post below:
6. We never feed a meal of just secreting organs.
Secreting organs only make up 10% of the raw feeding formula for a reason – feeding an entire meal of them could cause vitamin A toxicity (particularly true for liver) and runny poop.
7. We never feed bleached tripe from the grocery store.
Bleached tripe has zero nutritional value for our pups, so it’s really important to only feed green tripe.
Chunked beef green tripe for meal prep
8. We never let traditional vets talk us out of raw feeding
That’s because we know better. And we know better because we’ve experienced the incredible benefits of feeding our dogs balanced, species-appropriate raw meals. Their shiny coats, clean teeth and ears, strong immune systems and overall good health speak for themselves.
9. We never tire of talking to fellow raw feeders to see what’s in their pups’ bowls
Let me see what’s in your pups’ dinner bowl this week! It’s a blast browsing fellow raw feeders’ raw meal pictures on Instagram, and a great source of inspiration. Just check out the hashtags #RawFeedersOfInstagram or #RawFedDog / #RawFedDogs.
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Volta’s dinner today ~ she had a turkey foot for breakfast so there is a minimal amount of calcium in this meal. ?? ▪️Pork loin, liver, + kidney ▪️Smelt ▪️Green-lipped mussel ▪️Quail egg ▪️Super greens blend ▪️Homegrown bing cherries ▪️Raw local honey ▪️Turmeric paste ▪️ @solidgoldpets turkey bone broth ▪️ @onlynaturalpet gut health powder ▪️Vitamin E
10. We will never go back to feeding kibble
Kibble is evil, plain and simple. It’s overly processed and lacks in nutriments. Dogs can survive on it, but they can’t thrive on it like they do on species-appropriate, raw food.
Did I miss anything? Feel free to add something you never do if you’re a raw feeder – we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!