Faq's

Frequently Asked Questions 
Does Rawsome use Human grade meat?

Yes! Here at rawsome, we pride ourselves on using high quality meats all the while providing an affordable wholesome product. Our meat comes from local farms and farms here in the us. all of our meat is usda certified human grade meat and personally inspected by us. because we hand make the food in small 200 pound batches, we are able to hand inspect each piece of meat that goes into the grinder. 

Why does Rawsome not use veggies or fruits in the blends?

we feel that a prey model diet is the best way to start. this is a great base that is packed with vitamins and minerals but depending on your pets needs you may add certain things on top of the 80/10/10 ratio including vegetables, nuts and herbs of your choice. Since dogs do not produce cellulase enzyme, it makes it almost impossible for them to break down plant matter unless an extra step is added to the process such as fermentation. Fruit is also not recommend with meals since it can actually ferment in their stomach and cause digestive upset. our food is a great base and we highly recommend adding to the bowl with items your pet may need. our motto is “feeding one dog at a time” and that often means taking each dogs needs and building up the bowl from there. if you need help on figuring out what to add please send us and email or give us a call, we are here to help! 

Are Rawsome's grinds balanced?

 Our blends follow a prey model 80/10/10 ratio but we have made some adjustments that help balance the diet more. Though we follow 80/10/10 as a guide, it is not exactly those percentages as we have our own formula. we have at least 3 different proteins in each signature blend and have added fish to make up some micros and macros such as Vitamin D which helps balance the calcium in the body. “variety is the spice of life”  but with that in mind we use a combination between affco, FEDIAF and NRC.  we like to personally help each customer decide what blend would be best for their pet and help determine if anything needs to be added to the diet.   

How long will my food last once opened?

 we recommend feeding within a 3-4 days of the food being completely defrosted. Like anything, if it smells bad, toss it. 

Does rawsome use any preservatives or denaturants?

Absolutely not. out blends are 100% meat bone and organs that we get fresh.

How long does it take to process my order?

since we hand make our food, please allow up 4-10 days to have your food ready. We do try and keep grinds in stock so just email us to see what we have in inventory. Our DIY items are always made to order and we do not keep those in stock usually. WE also have amazing bulk discounts, so most bulk orders can take up to 14 days. we place bi-weekly orders with our farms and distributors to get it fresh that week to process in our commercial facility.

our grinding days can be located on the home page. if you find yourself out of food and forgot to order please send us an email to see if we have anything in stock  

How to transition
How do I transition my dog or cat to raw?

this will depend on you and your dog. some dogs do great with the cold turkey approach and diving right in, some dogs can not do that. 

if you have a dog or cat that will not touch raw or is having a hard time adjusting then we recommend the following.

1) Upset stomach? – If this occurs, we recommend giving raw goat’s milk or kefir 20-30 minutes before meal then adding just a spoon full of raw with the food they have been on. over the course of a week add a little more raw and less of what they have been eating until its a full bowl of raw food. Repeat this for as long as pet needs.

2) wont touch the food? – Raw can mean all new smells and textures, so we recommend trying a few different things. First thing you can try is tough love. tough love is what we personally advise first since you don’t want to give your pet the idea you will bend over backwards for them ( even though we want to). if they do not finish their meal simply put the food back in the fridge and try again next meal time. repeat this till they give in and eat. dogs will not starve themselves. I have also tried this with our cat and he eventually eats. if your pet has a medical condition that does not allow them to skip meals then please seek advice from your veterinarian.

Recomended feeding chart
Puppy Feeding chart

First off, we want to say what an amazing pet parent you are for starting them off right!

there are several things to take into consideration when feeding puppies. These are just our recommended guidelines but please watch your growing puppy and adjust accordingly. If you can see their spine and hip bones they are most likely too thin and will need to adjust their diet. this is all dependent on breed, some breeds naturally show the spin and hip bones.

There are two ways of figuring out how much to feed. if you have large and XL breeds we would recommend feeding 3% of their expected adult weight since getting these pups on a scale can be challenging once they start getting too big. we are also huge advocates for feeding large breed puppies more bone. ask us what bones we would recommend for your size puppy. if you are worried about choking and would rather feed ground bone, please visit our diy page for ground bone options.

Adult

Feeding adult dogs is fairly easy

young adults can be feed anywhere from 2-3% of their body weight daily (this can depend on breed, activity level, ailments and more, please either ask your vet who hopefully supports raw or send us an email and we will gladly help you figure out whats best for your pup)

Seniors 7+ years can eat anywhere from 1.5-2% of their weight daily. this is also a great percentage for dogs and cats needing to lose weight as well.

Pregnant or lactating females

~coming soon~

Carnivore or Omnivore
What is my Dog?

our domesticated dogs share 99.8% dna with their wolf ancestors. through centuries of evolution, they have adapted to a wide-ranging diet, including plant matter, which we believe is where they earned the title of omnivores. However, just
like wolves, in order to fulfill their nutrient requirements and what nature intended for them to thrive on, dogs are still required to eat a meat based diet which sometimes eating small amounts of pre-digested vegetables and fruits (example. tripe).

what does pre-digested mean?
Dogs and cats do not have salivary amylase (type of enzyme produced by the salivary glands in the mouth used to break down starch when chewing food). As carnivores, dogs and cats have teeth that are meant for tearing and shearing meat. Unlike the true omnivores (like humans), which have both the canine like teeth and flat molars and can tear meat and grind plant matters.

What is my cat?

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they must eat meat to survive. cats also share a high percentage of dna with the big cats. studies show that our house cats share close to 95.6% dna with the big cats. like other obligate carnivores, cats have lost the ability to produce certain amino acids and vitamins that are necessary for their survival and to truly thrive. one very important amino acid is taurine and all raw meat has it. please scroll down the page to learn more about taurine.

Goat’s milk
The Benefits

Raw goat milk is an amazing item to add to your dog/cats bowl. it has been called the “universal milk” for many reasons but for us raw feeders its because it is very easy for our pets to digest. Goat milk is also complete as it contains vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids. all dogs can benefit for goat’s milk but we highly recommend it for those pups who suffer from digestive upset and who need the extra immune support. The quality of the milk  like anything will depend on how the animals are raised. the milk we get comes from happy healthy goat’s who are treated like family and 100% grass fed and finished.

   If your pet suffers from anything listed below, give our goat’s milk a try and see if your pets health improves. click the button below to add goat’s milk to your cart.

diarrhea

digestive issues

ulcers

cancer (please check with your vet as this may not be good for some protocols)

liver disease

skin issues including chronic allergies

kidney disease

picky dog syndrome

How much to give?

 smaller dogs under 20 lbs we recommend between 2-3 oz

Medium size between 20-60 lbs 3-5 oz

large and xl dogs 60+lbs we recommend not feeding more than 8 oz

note: as with any new food, start with a small amount to make sure it sits well with your dog. number 1 rule is to always watch poop! find out more poop details in our “lets talk poop” section.

 supplements

 

Nuvet

NuVet Supplements
Use only the most highest and premium human-grade ingredients that are produced and
formulated in an FDA-registered Pharmaceutical Laboratory.

 NuVet Plus                                                                                                          This is a wide spectrum nutritional support aid for your dogs. NuVet Plus focuses on boosting and supporting your pets’ immune system against toxic environment, from
household chemicals, to artificial fertilizers and pesticides.

NuVet Plus Feline Powder                                                                                        As the name suggested, this is specifically formulated for the cats with addition amount of taurine which cats required to maintain optimal heath. Like the NuVet
Plus, it is a broad spectrum nutritional support aid for your cats

NuJoint Plus                                                                                                        NuJoint Plus is a safe, natural, nutrient-rich hip and joint support supplement with state-of-the-art ingredients and formulated to help maintain optimal join health all throughout different stages of your dogs’ life.

NuJoint Double-Strength (DS)                                                                                      Like NuJoint Plus, NuJoint DS has increased amount of the active ingredients MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Glucosamine and Chondroitin. NuJoint DS
supports optimal joint health and mobility. It is safe and beneficial for dogs of all ages, including
pregnant females.

Raw Eggs

Eggs are not only a good source of protein, they also are a good source of Vitamin A,
Riboflavin, Folate, Vitamin B12, Iron, Selenium and Fatty Acids. Eggshells are a good source of
calcium. Eggs are an inexpensive and most complete and nutritious meals you can feed to your
pets.
However, if you would like to feed the whole egg, we only recommend giving farm fresh eggs from
a local farmer to ensure they have not been treated with chemicals. most commercially available eggs (i.e. from grocery stores) have been rinsed in chlorine to kill bacteria. If you are only able to get eggs from grocery stores, feed the eggs without the shell.

we may carry farm fresh from time to time so keep an eye out for emails and posts on our facebook and instagram.

Sardines

Small fish like sardines are a wonderful source of protein, omage-3 and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Due to their size, sardines contain the most minuscule amount of mercury when compared to larger fish. The high omega-3’s in sardines not only boost all aspects of health, they also help reduce inflammation in your pets body. We will no longer be selling sardines due to increase in cost and ability to source foreign sardines. We do not like feel local sardines off our coast are safe to feed due to contamination load. (side note) I (alexis) studied marine biology and we did many studies on fish including sardines right off our coast. we drew blood from many species we caught and the pollutant load we found was heart breaking. SO i personally studied and tested these fish myself and I no longer eat local wild caught fish anymore. 

Mackerel

Mackerel offers a rich natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B12, Iron, calcium, selenium, and high levels of CQ10 just to name a few.  It can help improve your pets’ skin health and help eliminate excessive shedding.

Mackerel is considered a fattier fish, therefore should be served in moderate amounts. Certain type of mackerel, such as North Atlantic mackerel, contains lower level of mercury than others, which makes an ideal fish to feed.

feeding whole raw fish is a much better way to give your pets Omega-3 fatty acids than fish oil in capsule, which can be unstable and easily become rancid. Fish oil is also very sensitive to oxidation 

Nuvet Plus

Nuvet Plus Feline
all about raw feeding
The benefits of raw feeding

~Coming soon~

the c word
Cancer can be a scary word and even more scary to experience it. We can not stress enough that a balanced raw diet really does give your pet a better chance of not getting cancer. 

If you find yourself in the situation where your beloved pet has been recently diagnosed with cancer then we are here to help. We unfortunately deal with this all the time and currently doing a special keto diet for one of our own dogs to help fight cancer. If we can’t help you then we know someone who can. 

we have many supplements that can help support the immune system while they fight this battle. Its not a race but a marathon… it takes time and dedication to fight it, but we believe feeding raw is the first and most important step.

our raw focus

we want your pets here for as long as possible. That means always researching and learning new things to share with all of you. Our mission is to get dogs and cats living well into their teens…and that means providing more than just food for yours pets. it means educating healthy life styles and habits, recommending natural remedies and supporting immune from all angles. our pets should be living longer than an average of 10 years… and we are determined to make that happen! 

omega's

essential fatty acids are crucial because it’s not something your body can produce on its own so we must get it from our diet

Omega 3's

omega fatty acids are chains of carbon molecules linked with single or double bonds. Many pets suffer from inflammation which can eventually lead to cancer and other life threatening diseases. Some other benefits include but limited to

  • Healthy skin and coat
  • brain development
  • ligament support
  • joint support
  • arthritis
  • heart support

  Our signature blends Bella, Abby, Luna and Bohdy all include ocean caught fish.

Taurine
Taurine is an amino acid that is found in all meat and is important for the bodies metoblic processes.

Why its important

Taurine is very important for conjugation bile acids, anti-oxidation, osmoregulation, membrane stabilization, modulation of calcium signaling. Its also essential for normal eye development, digestion, heart function, fetal development and a healthy immune system. lack of sufficient taurine in the body can cause heart disease known as DCM (Dilated cardiomyopathy) and HCM (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ) in both dogs and cats. Lack of taurine in cats can also cause CDR (Central retinal degeneration) and DCM. 

 

Where it's found

Taurine is a naturally occurring amino acid mostly found in dark muscle meat and organs like heart, kidney, liver and seafood. It’s also found in small amounts in dairy products, including eggs. 

Do I need to supplement for taurine?

We believe meat contains sufficient levels of taurine therefore no need to add taurine supplements. pets that may be at risk or already suffer from heart issues could possibly benefit from a little extra taurine or heart in their diet. All of our blends contain generous amounts of heart muscle meat but we do sell some supplements that directly support the cardiovascular system.

What are RBM's

       Raw Meaty Bones are a great addition to your dogs/cats diet for a few reasons. One being they offer calcium and phosphorus which is needed in your pets diet. They are also a great way for your pets to naturally clean their teeth. quail, chicken necks, small whole prey birds are a great option for cats and small dogs while ribs, turkey necks, chicken backs, duck heads, duck necks etc are great for dogs. always remember to suprovise when feeding raw meaty bones.

Do's and Dont's

DO feed raw bones, air dried, freeze dried or dehydrated 

Don’t feed cooked or baked bones

watch your pet finish its bone

Don’t leave them unattended 

 take the safe route and buy bigger bones to avoid choking

Don’t buy bones that they can fit in their mouth, the purpose is to chew for a longer period of time to clean teeth

Do not feed bones frozen to avoid breaking teeth….that’s an expensive trip to the vet

 

Why you should feed green tripe
“Tripe is the stomach of ruminating animals. These animals (i.e. cattle, buffalo, sheep, deer, goats, antelope, etc.) are classified as being four-footed, hooved, cud chewing mamals with a stomach that consists of four chambers. The four chambers of such a stomach are known as the rumen, reticulum, omasum and the abomasum. The food the animal eats (i.e. grass, hay) is swallowed unchewed and passes into the rumen and reticulum where it is then regurgitated, chewed and mixed with saliva. It is again swallowed and then passed through the reticulum and omasum into the abomasum, where it is then further broken down by the gastric juices, amino acids and other digestive enzymes. 

These same gastric juices and enzymes not only aid the animal in digestion, but also aid the dog in digesting and efficiently utilizing his food. The amino acids are necessary for muscular development and, the other gastric juices,” (Greentripe.com) 

 

sourcing matters

An important thing to remember when sourcing green tripe is to make sure its actually green tripe and not bleached ( which means you wont find it in any human store) and that the animals are grass fed and finished. the best nutrition will come from animals that are fed a natural diet.

Why is green tripe so beneficial for dogs in Kidney Renal Failure?

 Because of the easily digested nutrients and probiotics readily available, also due to the fact the phosphorous level is low, the calcium: phosphorous ratio is 1:1 and the high moisture content provides proper hydration of internal organs makes green tripe perfect for your dogs with renal kidney renal failure.

We like to say the stinkier the better! and in this case it really helps  When dogs don’t feel well, the smelly tripe is too hard for them to resist…even on days when they don’t want to eat.

Please check out these websites for more information:

www.caninekidneyhealth.com

www.dogaware.com

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