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Raw Dog Food Isn't as Simple as 1 2 3

A to Z Challenge – E – Sponsored by Natural Pet Pantry

Preparing and feeding raw dog food is so not easy.  Not at all.  If you’ve done any homework, then you’ve heard about the 80/10/10 rules.  80% meat, 10% offal (organs), and 10% bones.  Have you tried to measure this out for multiple dogs?  I have.  It was hard the first time.

Feeding raw dog food comes with a pretty steep learning curve for some of us.  And if you’re an obsessing nerd like me, then you won’t make a move until you read the book, take some notes, ask tons of questions, and then read the book again.

Transitioning over to feeding raw dog food isn’t what I would call easy.  It’s not as scary as I thought it would be, if you do your homework and learn as much as possible, you don’t have to worry about poisoning or killing your dog, and before you know it, you’ll be talking, preparing, and feeding raw like a pro.   But you’ll still have a lot to learn.

If you want to feed raw successfully, I have a few dos and don’ts…

  • Do read books on raw dog food
  • Do ask questions, lots of questions, until you gain clarification
  • Do join groups that you feel comfortable in and follow along (and ask questions) with the discussions: a great group is Raw Dog Food Chat
  • Do connect with a holistic vet either in your town or online (you can do phone consultations)
  • Do take your time switching over; don’t do it under pressure


  • Don’t ask questions without reading books/blogs; don’t read books/blogs without asking questions
  • Don’t email strangers and ask them for a detailed recipe of what to make for your dog.  Not all dogs are the same and unless it’s your breeder who feeds raw, then it’s best to take the time to learn what your dog needs
  • Don’t buy ground beef or chicken wings and feed it, and only it, to your dogs.  One of the concerns about people feeding raw is that their dogs won’t get the nourishment they need – feeding only ground beef or chicken thighs is NOT a balanced meal
  • Don’t let the raw food bullies scare you away.  If a group is a little too aggressive, then move on, there are plenty of nicer groups out there
  • Don’t switch to raw to cure health issues unless you’ve looked into this being a viable option; if your dog’s immune system is compromised, raw may not be the best option (I’ve heard pros and cons on this one)
  • Don’t  be intimidated by the learning curve.  If this is important to you, then take the time to learn what you and your dogs need to make this happen successfully

Although it’s not easy, once you commit to learning what you can, it does become easier.  A year ago, I never thought we’d be making raw at home, today – I’m making deals with butchers to save on meat for our dogs and I’m elbow deep in raw meat (never chicken) weekly.

One thing that is easy are making healthy dog treats.  We give our dogs apples and carrots.  Check out this great post I found on SlimDoggy.

Monday is F for Fresh or Freeze Dried

Yesterday was D for Detox


  1. Hi. Thank you for your comment in my blog.

    You have a wonderful theme for A to Z Challenge.
    I have never had a dog, but some of my friends do. They will find your blog helpful.

    • Thank you, Romi – I created an image for the Emily quote to share with my followers.

  2. This is awesome and so true! I haven’t gotten to the point of making Kayo’s food – I’m still buying it prepared. Once I’m 100% in my business I’ll be making her food from scratch – I’ve been reading books, looking in on forums/groups, talking to friends and I’m happy to see I’m on track with your suggestions! ;0)

  3. Thank you so much for the wonderful resources! I have always wanted to make the transition to raw, but I’m intimidated by the process. I’m so glad to read your words of encouragement as well as the confirmation that it is, indeed, a learning process. And I promise to not let the raw food aficionados scare me! 😉

    • LOL

      Some of the groups can be truly intimidating, but deep down they mean well; or at least that’s what I tell myself. Thanks for stopping by, Jessica.

  4. Thanks so much for this. I currently feed Darwins to six little ones and now I know I have to include my bigger dogs. I know I have to take the plunge soon as this is going to get expensive…looking forward to joining the group you recommended.

    • Fabulous – looking forward to chatting more at BlogPaws.

  5. Raw food co-ops and businesses that provide raw grind/meat (in larger cities) are also a great resource about raw to help during the research phase. And also because some of them provide complete nutrition meals, it makes starting easier.

    Perfect list! Also some of the raw food bullies are vets. IMO, don’t get discouraged if yours is, consider seeking a second (or third) opinion, ideally from a holistic or east/west vet.

    • We now have 2 vets – one traditional, one holistic. We have our first appointment this weekend.

  6. Ma has wanted to go to raw feeding but we refuse to eat raw food. I will eat rare but not raw. The only thing that we will eat raw is the soup bones with the marrow in them. She has tried to mix raw meat in with the rare but we leave the raw on our plates.
    How would you go about switching to raw vs rare or is rare as healthy as raw?

    • That is a good question. Some dogs just aren’t interested and that’s okay too. Any cooking kills the nutrients that make raw so appealing – however – you can add some things back to the food to make sure the diet is balanced. I’d recommend a cookbook for dogs. Feed Your Best Friend Better

      Best of luck!


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