It can be tricky to get your hands on rabbit for raw dog food, so today I’m not only sharing where to buy it, but also how to get an amazing deal on it. That’s crucial, because rabbit meat tends to be more on the expensive side, regardless of whether it’s whole or ground.
This article is a bit on the longer side, so please feel free to jump to the section that interests you most right below, or browse it all 🙂
- Why is it good to add rabbit to raw dog food?
- Where to buy rabbit for your raw dog food
- My Pet Carnivore
- Raw Feeding Miami
- Chunked Rabbit – 2.5 lb for $18.99
- Ground Rabbit Bones – 2.5 lb for $16.00
- Whole Rabbit Bones – 2.5 lb for $16.00
- Rabbit Grinds – 1 lb for $7.99 | 2.5 lb for $20
- Rabbit Heads – 2.5 lb for $6.00
- Rabbit Hearts – 1 lb for $9.25
- Rabbit Kidneys – 1 lb for $8.00
- Rabbit Liver – 1 lb for $8.00
- Dehydrated Rabbit Feet and Ears – 3 oz for $9.00
- Raw Feeding Miami FYI
- J and A Farms
- Coarse Single Ground Rabbit – 1 lb for $6.25
- Coarse Single Ground Rabbit with Fur – 1 lb for $5.75
- Coarse Double Ground Rabbit – 1 lb for $6.42
- Fine Single Ground Rabbit – 1 lb for $6.50
- Fine Double Ground Rabbit – 1 lb for $6.59
- Skinned and Gutted Rabbit – 1 lb for $4.50
- Gutted Only – 1 lb for $4.50
- Skinned Whole Prey – 1 lb for $4.25
- Whole Prey Rabbit – Under 2 lb for $4 | Over 2 lb for $3.25
- Boneless Ground Rabbit – 1 lb for $11.99
- Boneless Ground Rabbit w/o Organs – 1 lb for $14.99
- Dehydrated Rabbit Ears – 1 lb for $14.95
- J and A Farms FYI
- Raw Delivery MN
- North Star Bison
- BJ’s Raw Pet Food
- Bravo Pet Foods
- Stella & Chewy’s Pet Food
- My recent ground rabbit order from J and A Farms – 30 lb for $165.36
- How I include the rabbit in Wally’s raw dog food
- Wally’s favorite way of eating rabbit in his raw dog food
- Final thoughts
- Related reading:
Why is it good to add rabbit to raw dog food?
There are two reasons why it’s good to add rabbit meat to your pup’s raw dog food.
1. Include rabbit in your protein rotation for optimal nutrient coverage
First of, it’s generally a good idea to rotate the raw protein sources you’re feeding because different cuts of meat from different animals contain different nutrients. So in order to cover your dog’s nutritional needs, feed a variety of protein sources including rabbit.
You can feed rabbit one week, duck the following week, turkey the week after, and bison the week after that. Of course this is easiest to implement if you’re feeding ground, balanced raw dog food aka complete raw dog food when you buy the commercial kind.
When you put your own raw dog food together, it’s likely more practical to include different cuts of meat from different protein sources in your dog’s individual meals.
It’s important to understand that balanced meals consist of muscle meat, secreting organs, raw meaty bones and the optional veggie/fruit mix, so an example of this could be:
A duck head, bison green tripe, rabbit meat, rabbit liver and turkey kidney along with the optional veggie and/or fruit mix (for example puréed broccoli, celery and blueberries).
2. Feed rabbit to dogs with multiple food sensitivities
Rabbit is also an amazing protein source for dogs who are seemingly allergic to or do poorly with multiple foods. The usual suspects are common dog food ingredients like chicken and beef, but some dogs also don’t do well with turkey, lamb, quail, pork, salmon, etc.
For example, my pup Wally can’t have chicken, quail, pheasant, salmon, sardines or green lipped mussels, along with several veggies and fruit. As of late, I also suspect that pork (and maybe even turkey) makes him itchy.
However, he does great with duck, beef, bison, thread herring, mackerel, and, you guessed it!, rabbit.
That’s because rabbit is a novel protein that’s not found as much in raw (and dry) dog food as more commonly used animals, notably chicken and beef. Other protein sources that aren’t overly common in dog food are venison, duck, goose, ostrich, camel and kangaroo.
Of course I don’t want Wally to develop a sensitivity to rabbit one day, so rather than feeding rabbit meat only, I make sure that Wally’s meals consist of multiple protein sources, albeit more uncommon ones like duck, goose and thread herring or mackerel, or anything else I can find that he’s not used to eating.
Where to buy rabbit for your raw dog food
OK, now let’s get to the goodies! The following brands all carry rabbit in varying forms.
Some sell ground rabbit only, others sell grinds and whole rabbits, others yet again carry different cuts of rabbit including heads and other bones, muscle meat, and secreting organs like liver or kidneys.
Keep in mind that whole rabbits consist of roughly 10-15% bone, 10% secreting organs, and 75-80% muscle meat. Once it’s been skinned and gutted, the bone content is around 28%.
My Pet Carnivore
All of their rabbit products are sourced from small farms and rabbit fanciers in the Midwest.
These grinds include the head, heart, liver, kidneys & lungs.
These grinds include the head, heart, liver, kidneys & lungs.
Whole hind rabbit feet with fur.
My Pet Carnivore FYI
They also carry other novel protein sources like beaver, duck, mutton and goat.
My Pet Carnivore is located in Indianapolis, IN. They ship via FedEx Monday- Friday within the continental US. Customers who live east of CO are charged a $30 flat shipping rate. Those who live west of KS can choose between Ground and 3-Day delivery.
Raw Feeding Miami
Consists of meaty chunks of bone.
Consists of ground rabbit spines and ribs.
Consists of whole rabbit spines and rib cages.
Consists of ground up whole rabbits with organs (but no intestines or heads). Can be fed as a meal.
Consists of raw rabbit heads without ears. Some come with and some without fur.
Consists of raw rabbit hearts.
Consists of raw rabbit kidneys with a good amount of fat (= suet).
Consists of raw rabbit liver.
Consists of furry dehydrated rabbit feet and ears.
Raw Feeding Miami FYI
They also carry other novel protein sources like duck, camel, kangaroo, alpaca, and pheasant, although their availability depends on the season.
Raw Feeding Miami is located in Miami, FL. They ship via FedEx within the continental US and require orders to be placed 7 days in advance.
They offer a pick up option for local customers from their warehouse in Miami Tuesday – Friday between 9 am – 4 pm EST and Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm EST. Pick ups have to be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance by emailing email@example.com .
J and A Farms
This farm raises the hoppy mammal specifically for raw dog and cat food.
Contains meat, organs, head, and bones. Without fur.
Contains meat, organs, head, bones, and fur.
Contains meat, organs, head, and bones. Ground twice.
Contains meat, organs, head, and bone.
Contains meat, organs, head, and bone. Ground twice.
Contains skinned and gutted rabbit.
Whole prey rabbit.
Contains finely ground meat and organs. Ground twice.
Contains finely ground muscle meat only. Ground twice.
Dehydrated rabbit ears.
J and A Farms FYI
J and A Farms is located in Portland, TN. They raise rabbits for raw dog and cat food and offer pickup from their warehouse Monday – Friday between 9 am and 5 pm CST, and on Saturdays between 9 am and 12 pm CST.
They also offer shipping for select products. Some of their products are available for sale on Ebay – more on that later when I write about my 30 lb bulk order from them!
Raw Delivery MN
Contains rabbit meat, bone, liver, lung, heart, kidney, brain.
Raw Delivery MN FYI
Sourced and made in Minnesota
Online ordering/shipping is available. Orders are only shipped on Mondays.
You can also pick up your order from their 12 pick up locations.
North Star Bison
Rabbit Ground Bone-In Pet Food – 1 lb for $15.95, 5 lb for $79.75
Ingredients: 45% meat, 45% carcass (= bone), 10% heart and liver
North Star Bison FYI
Sourced and made in Wisconsin.
Online ordering/shipping is available. Standard shipping rate is $15.95 and free for orders over $250.
You can also pick up your order from Monday – Friday between 8 am – 4 pm CDT by appointment.
BJ’s Raw Pet Food
Ground Whole Rabbit – 5 gallons (38 lb) for $238.82
Contains bone, meat, and organs.
Also available in 10 lb for $78.17 and 2 lb for $15.81.
Contains one whole rabbit with or without fur (both options are available). Average weight is 3.5 lbs.
BJ’s Raw Pet Food FYI
They ship within the entire US, including Alaska and Hawaii. Discounts are offered on orders over $165.
BJ’s Raw Pet Food is located in Lancaster, PA on the East Coast, and they also offer local pickup.
Bravo Pet Foods
Bravo Basics Rabbit Diet – 2 lb for $36.25
Contains rabbit meat, rabbit bone, rabbit liver, rabbit kidney, rabbit heart and rabbit lung.
Bravo Pet Foods FYI
Country of origin is France, but the meals are made in the US
Available in physical pet retail stores only, some of which offer online ordering. Find the closest store to you here.
Stella & Chewy’s Pet Food
Absolutely Rabbit Frozen Raw Dinner Patties – 3 lb for $39.99 and 6 lb for $67.99
Contains 90% rabbit and bone + organic fruits/vegetables/vitamins/minerals/probiotics/antioxidants
Stella & Chewy’s Pet Food FYI
Available in physical pet retail stores only. Find the closest store to you here.
My recent ground rabbit order from J and A Farms – 30 lb for $165.36
Like I mentioned briefly in the introduction, I recently got a great deal on 30 lb of rabbit grinds from J and A Farms.
I came across their 30 lb offer of rabbit grinds on…wait for it…Ebay! Until then, I wasn’t aware that some pet food retailers and farms who specialize in meat production for raw pet food sell their products on the online trading marketplace.
Either way, they listed their 30 lb of rabbit grinds for $135 and added the option of receiving best offers from interested buyers. I went ahead and offered $120. It felt like a reasonable offer that wasn’t insulting or low-balling, and sure enough, it was accepted.
Shipping was an additional $35, so all in all I paid $165.36 for the 30 lb of rabbit grinds. That translates into $5.50 per lb, which is a great deal for rabbit meat. Even if I had paid the original listing price of $135, the price per lb of $6.00 would have been quite reasonable.
The order arrived in ten 3 lb pouches. I love how flat they are because that makes storing them in the freezer a piece of cake. The best part is that Wally LOVES the rabbit, so I’ll be sure to order again in the future!
How I include the rabbit in Wally’s raw dog food
Wally’s used to eating the raw dog food I make myself which typically consists of larger cuts of meat mixed together. Sometimes he also eats pre-made ground raw dog food from commercial brands when I run out of my own or when I can find a good deal on it.
Side note: Wally has his own 7 cu ft chest freezer so that I can buy in bulk and stock up on meat sales when I find them. That’s how I keep my overall cost of raw feeding low.
Either way, I’ve purchased rabbit heads before for Wally’s DIY raw dog food, and he refused to eat them. That’s although he eats duck heads and any other raw meaty bone I’ve given him so far no problem! I had bought the rabbit heads from Raw Feeding Miami for $6.00 per 2.5 lb bag.
So when I want to include rabbit in Wally’s raw dog food, it’s easiest to just feed him rabbit grinds that also contain ground bones.
Wally’s favorite way of eating rabbit in his raw dog food
I will say that Wally surprised me as far as eating rabbit is concerned. He’ll usually eat anything that makes it into his bowl come dinnertime, but every now and then he doesn’t seem to care too much for rabbit texture.
I already told you about his dislike for rabbit heads, but he also wouldn’t eat the ground rabbit I ordered from Raw Feeding Miami by itself. He does, however, devour it when I mix something else in with it. Smh.
However, he did gobble up the rabbit grinds I had him taste test from J and A Farms. That’s without mixing anything else in with it.
Overall, I’ve tried a few different options, and the following three are hits with Wally!
- Raw Rabbit Grinds + Beef Green Tripe
- Raw Rabbit Grinds + Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm (low carb/low glycemic)
- Raw Rabbit Grinds + Green Juju (low carb/low glycemic)
- Raw Rabbit Grinds + Bravo’s Healthy Green Smoothie
Tip: If you can’t feed your dog any other protein besides rabbit because of severe food sensitivities, go ahead and add a veggie and/or fruit mix from a brand like Dr. Harvey’s, Green Juju, or Bravo’s. That’s important to ensure that your pup gets all the nutrients he needs since you won’t be able to feed different proteins.
Like I pointed out, there are several good options when it comes to sourcing rabbit for raw dog food. You usually get the best bang for your buck when you can buy cuts or grinds of rabbit in bulk.
See about finding a farm who specializes in raising rabbits for raw pet food near you. That way, you’ll be able to score bulk ground rabbit at the best price since you won’t have to pay for shipping.
Of course you’ll need freezer space to store it.
If you’re in-between rabbit orders, your best bet is to head to a pet retail store that sells commercial frozen rabbit food to bridge the gap. You should be able to find Bravo’s or Stella & Chewy’s frozen rabbit in a store not too far away from you.
Happy raw rabbit sourcing and feeding!
Do you have any comments or questions? Or know of another great source for raw rabbit? Please leave your feedback in the comment section below!
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