Raw Pet Food Feeding Guide

Please visit our pages Prevent Foodborne Illness From Raw Pet Food and our Manufacturing Guidelines for Raw Pet Food for more information. 

If you‘re thinking about feeding raw food to your dog or cat

If you’re thinking about feeding raw pet food to your dog or cat, talk to your veterinarian first. They can help you decide what is best for your pet and family.

When discussing with your veterinarian, consider some of these questions:

  • Is anyone in your household, or anyone else your pet interacts with, more likely to get very sick from foodborne germs? This includes children under 5 years old, adults 65 years or older, people with weakened immune systems, and people who are pregnant.
  • Do you have a pet that is more likely to get sick from foodborne germs? This includes young pets (like puppies) and pets who have a weakened immune system or other health conditions.
  • Is the raw diet you plan to feed your pet complete and balanced? Will it help your pet thrive?
  • Are you able to clean more frequently if you use raw pet food?

Our Process

At Mad Butcher Meat Company, we take pride in our commitment to manufacturing excellent raw pet food products at an affordable price. Our raw pet food is created in-house at our USDA and FDA inspected facility in Sacramento, CA.

We prioritize the quality and safety of our products, sourcing proteins that are USDA inspected and intended for human consumption. By freezing our raw pet food, we preserve all the essential nutrients and maintain the natural texture of the meat, ensuring a high-quality diet for your beloved pets.

Holistic Benefits of a Raw Diet for Dogs: A raw diet offers a range of holistic benefits that can positively impact your dog's overall health and vitality. Here are some advantages to consider:

  1. Enhanced Nutritional Value: Our raw pet food retains the essential nutrients, enzymes, and amino acids present in the meat. This unprocessed form allows for optimal nutrient absorption, promoting better digestion, and supporting overall well-being.

  2. Improved Digestion: Raw diets can aid in digestion, particularly for dogs with sensitive stomachs or those who are elderly. For these special cases, we recommend mixing in a generous splash of bone broth or boiling water to provide added hydration and promote ease of digestion.

  3. Healthy Skin and Coat: The natural fatty acids present in raw pet food can contribute to a lustrous and healthy coat, reducing issues such as dryness, itching, and excessive shedding. The balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids supports skin health and nourishes the coat from within.

  4. Dental Health: Chewing on raw meat and bones can help naturally clean your dog's teeth, reducing plaque and tartar buildup. This can lead to improved dental health, fresher breath, and a lower risk of dental diseases.

  5. Weight Management: Raw diets allow for better control over portion sizes and ingredients, making it easier to manage your dog's weight. The natural balance of proteins, healthy fats, and limited carbohydrates in our raw pet food promotes satiety and can assist in weight maintenance.

Feeding Recommendations for Dogs: When it comes to feeding our raw pet food to dogs, we recommend the following protocols based on their age and life stage:

  1. Dogs Under 1 Year Old: For puppies and dogs under 1 year old, it is crucial to provide them with the appropriate nutrition to support their growth and development. We suggest feeding them approximately 8-10% of their body weight per day. This higher percentage accounts for their active metabolism and the energy requirements for growth.

  2. Adult Dogs: For adult dogs, we recommend feeding them around 2-3% of their body weight per day. Adjust the portion size accordingly based on your dog's activity level, metabolism, and overall body condition. Monitoring their weight and adjusting the amount of food accordingly is essential to maintain optimal health.

Feeding Tips:

  • Thawing: Thaw the frozen raw pet food in the refrigerator before feeding it to your dog. This slow thawing process ensures that the food remains safe and retains its nutritional value.
  • Portion Control: Divide the daily recommended amount into appropriate servings based on the number of meals you prefer to feed your dog. This can be two or more meals per day, depending on your dog's preference and schedule.
  • Monitoring: Keep an eye on your dog's weight, body condition, and overall health. Adjust the portion sizes as needed to maintain an ideal weight and ensure they are thriving on their raw food diet.
  • Hydration: Always provide fresh water for your dog to drink alongside their raw food meals. Hydration is crucial for their overall well-being.

Remember, each dog is unique, and factors such as breed, age, activity level, and metabolism can influence their specific dietary needs. It's important to consult with your veterinarian or a pet nutritionist to tailor the feeding guidelines to your individual dog.

Serve Thawed and Additional Tips:

To serve our raw pet food, thaw it in the refrigerator until fully defrosted. For pets with sensitive stomachs or elderly dogs, consider mixing in a generous splash of bone broth or boiling water. This addition can aid digestion and provide extra nourishment.

Remember to monitor your dog's weight, body condition, and overall health. Adjust the portion sizes and feeding frequency as needed to ensure they maintain a healthy weight and thrive on their raw food diet.

Optimize the health and well-being of your canine companion with Mad Butcher Meat raw pet food. Unleash the benefits of a holistic, species-appropriate diet that supports their natural instincts and provides optimal nutrition.

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