Raw Food Quick Guide
Whether you’re completely new to the concept of raw pet food, or you’ve been a “raw-feeder” for years, this will be your go-to guide on the basics of raw food. Here you will find:
- What Makes Raw Food Different
- Common Myths
- What to Look For When Buying It
It should be noted that when we refer to “raw food”, we are referring to a commercially-available raw food diet. This is a specifically formulated ready-to-feed packaged food that you can find in independent retail stores. If you are looking for information on making your own raw food we would recommend getting Karen Becker’s Book, Real Food For Healthy Dogs and Cats. You can find it on Amazon.
Have you been hearing more about this “raw food” thing for pets? Maybe a neighbor or friend feeds raw and you’ve been curious or you’ve has seen it in the store but don’t know enough to ask questions yet. Whatever the case may be, this post is intended to start at the very beginning and answer some of the most basic questions about raw pet food and give you enough knowledge to start your journey into raw feeding.
Cost to Feed
Let’s be honest, raw food is more expensive than a cooked dry diet but the joy of seeing a happy pet with healthy skin and coat can outweigh the cost.
Steve’s is committed to helping more pets get on a raw food diet. One of the ways we do this is by producing one of the most affordable raw pet foods available. We keep our costs low not by cutting corners or sacrificing quality, but rather by avoiding unnecessary processing such as HPP and keeping our team strong but lean.
Transition a pet to raw food is easier than you think. Simply start adding a little of the raw diet to each meal while reducing the amount of their current diet. However, you can run into some hurdles such as dealing with a picky eater or a pup with a sensitive stomach. Use our Transitioning Guide to help you do the math and get some tips and tricks that will make the process easier.
If you have never fed raw before, you may be surprised as you watch your pet’s health improve while they transition to a healthier diet. It’s important to be aware of how much you should be feeding your pet. When you feed your pet a raw food diet, they will often require less food than if you were to feed them a kibble/grain-based diet, because the food has so much more nutritional value. There are a few factors that will affect the recommended amount to feed your pet, such as age, activity level, and weight goals.