Are you a little unsure about the raw meat diet and how it will change your life? Well, here are some tips we like to share with new raw meat / BARF feeders:
- The key to transitioning your dog to the raw diet is to start slow. Their first raw meal should be 3/4 what they normally eat and 1/4 raw meat. You can slowly work your way from there. If you do notice they have a belly ache, pick up some digestive enzymes at your grocery store and give them a pill with each meal until the bottle is finished. By that time they should be fine with eating raw.
- It’s hard to estimate how much raw meat your pet will actually eat. It all depends on their age, breed, activity level and metabolism. What we can tell you is that Satchel, our 6 year old, mellow, 85 pound Ridgeback gets 3 meals out of 2 pounds of meat (plus veggies). That’s the same amount that our 45 pound, high energy, mystery hound Maji eats.
- The great thing about the raw meat diet (well, one of the great things about the raw meat diet) is that you will be able to tell very quickly if you are feeding your pet too much or too little of the raw meat. They gain and loose very fast, unlike the slow build up of weight with kibble.
- What about freezing and thawing? Well, if yo have a bigger dog we recommend thawing the tube of meat until you can cut it then keep the rest in the fridge until it’s gone. If you have smaller dogs or cats you can thaw until it’s cutable, then slice up meal sized servings and re-freeze.
- And the mess? If you have a special space you can set aside for meat preparing, that’s easiest. A laundry, garage, etc works great. That’s not a required part of the feeding the raw meat diet, it just helps. What also helps is if you can set aside a knife and fork and cutting board that is used just for the raw meat. This is particularly helpful if you don’t have a dishwasher to clean everything up.
- Any more questions? Just ask us at Moe’s Meats.