General Raw Feeding Suggestions
A raw food diet allows for increased digestibility and bioavailability of the ingredients and nutrients.
You will be able to feed your pet less food daily as compared to a commercial pet food diet.
The best formula for calculating daily servings of food is to base food volume off of your pets’ body weight. We recommend serving 2 -3 % of your pet’s body weight (in ounces of food), split into two daily meals—morning and evening. Puppies and kittens should be fed twice the amount of food as compared to an adult dog or cat. The daily food intake level should be measured in ounces to ensure the most precise method of feeding raw food. You also can incorporate raw meaty bones into your pets’ diet, but never feed cooked bones to your pets.
Please note that this is a general guideline and you will need to take into consideration your pets’ activity level, age, health, and breed and adjust accordingly. Once your pet has transitioned 100% to raw food, additional adjustments may need to be made based on visual observations of your pets’ weight loss or gain. Please ensure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water at all times.
You will notice a significant change in your pets’ waste from feeding a raw diet.
The stool during the transition phase will appear loose but should never be runny. You also may notice a mucous layer which is normal. Once your pets’ body has become acclimated to a raw diet, the stool will become hard and compact and the overall size and frequency of elimination will be significantly reduced as compared to a commercial diet.
Another exciting benefit of a raw diet is a relatively odorless stool for both cats and dogs.
Raw Bone Feeding Instructions
Raw meaty bones should be thawed in the refrigerator before feeding. Frozen bones are not recommended to give to your pets. Be sure your pet has ample time to enjoy the bone and the longer they have to chew on the bone, increases the benefit of the activity. We recommend feeding bones and chews before their dinner as they will spend more time gnawing and breaking down the bone to get to the good stuff.
Once they have finished their bone, discard the remains if feeding large Beef rib bones or marrow bones. Beef Trachea, both dried and raw, is wholly digestible and they will not have any leftovers. Allow an hour or two to pass before feeding them their dinner as the entire process of chewing on the bone produces necessary stomach acid to break down the bone. We like to be sure they go to bed with a full belly to ensure a restful night’s sleep.
Raw Food Handling
- Keep all food frozen until ready to thaw and feed Thaw food in the refrigerator the day before you plan to use
- Quick thaw should be done in cold water in the sink
- Never cook or microwave food as all of our recipes contain ground bone
- Feed in a stainless steel or glass bowl and wash thoroughly afterward with hot soapy water
- Raw food will maintain its quality and freshness for up to five days in the refrigerator
- Food is not for human consumption
- All meat and ingredients are 100% human grade, USDA and FDA approved
- All SOUL'Y RAW Pet Food products contain ground bone which should not be ingested by humans under any circumstances
- Practice safe handling of raw meat on all surfaces and utensils used for serving and feeding
- Wash all surfaces, bowls, utensils, and hands thoroughly in hot, soapy water when finished handling and use the same care when cleaning up your pets’ waste