Feeding Bear and Scooter a raw food diet is something I’ve been toying with for years. I’ve checked out books from the library, talked with friends about it, done my online research. You might say I’ve been slow to make the leap. In recent years, the raw food options on the market have really expanded. Not only have the new raw food options become easier to understand and accomplish on your own, they’ve also become more affordable over the years as raw food has changed from a fad to a widely acceptable way to nourish our companions.
As we learned, there are a few solid guidelines to follow when first introducing your dogs to raw food.
- Go Slow: It’s not advised to just replace their kibble with raw food out of the blue one day. Instead, start topping their kibble with some raw one day, and make it a gradual transition over the course of a week.
- Add Probiotics: Probiotics will give your pups gut a jump start on digesting all the news foods you’re planning to introduce into their diet.
- Keep it clean: Just like working with raw meat in the kitchen, you must keep things super sanitary when raw feeding your dog. This means washing their dishes after each meal, or using a compostable bowl that is changed out each time. Many pet parents use gloves to handle their pets raw food, and wash all utensils in the dishwasher for adequate sanitation.
When it came to starting out with raw dog food, I was fairly interested in keeping things as simple, and clean as possible. When we discovered AllProvide pet foods it seemed too good to be true. AllProvide Fresh Pet foods are a complete meal packed into 1 pound portions packed in plastic; meats, fruits and vegetables all included. We were sent three flavors AllProvide fresh pet foods to try out, and I was thrilled to learn how simple feeding this brand of raw food would be! With this being our first experience trying anything other than freeze dried raw food,
I really appreciate that AllProvide has created a raw dog food that can be fed two ways:
1. Nature’s Way (Raw)
2. Freshly Cooked
This way pet parents who may have an ick factor associated with feeding their dog raw, red meat can still provide their dogs with the nutritional benefits associated with this diet. Additionally, some dogs, especially toy breeds, have been found to enjoy their food slightly cooked. A full list of ingredients and sourcing is available as well. We’ve found that both Bear and Scooter were excited and willing to give raw food a try as soon as we offered it to them.
AllProvide makes their pet food in the USA, and uses all natural, human-grade ingredients. All of the meat they use is inspected and approved by the UDSA for human consumption. All of the 1 lb. portions are 80-95% fresh meat and bones which are ground together with natural supplements and nutrients so that you can feed your pet a wholesome, complete & balanced diet.
New customers can enter code STARTERBOX at checkout and receive the AllProvide Starter Kit at a 50% discount! Additionally they’ve got a wonderful raw food calculator on their site that can help you determine how much raw food your dog or cat should be consuming, as well as how much that costs on a daily or monthly basis.
So where do you stand with raw food? Do you feed your dogs raw? Are you considering it? Or are you a kibble feeder for life? Leave me a note in the comments!