LET'S TALK ABOUT RAW
Naturawls Updates, Tips & Tricks.
We believe pet food should be real food. Let’s talk about it.
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Curious about how to feed a balanced and healthy raw diet to your dog? Here’s the raw on feeding raw!
We recommend thawing your raw dinner in your refrigerator overnight. Simply remove the package from the freezer, place it in a designated container, and pop it into your fridge.
Yes. Canine saliva contains an array of antimicrobial peptides and enzymes, immunoglobulins, and proteins that destroy bacteria. Canine and feline digestive systems are designed differently than humans, as they have a much shorter digestive tract, with a highly acidic gut, allowing for the safe and proper digestion of raw meat and bone.
Naturawls uses only federally or provincially inspected human grade ingredients and grinds fresh, frozen human grade meat to ensure naturally occurring bacteria does not have a chance to multiply to unsafe levels.
All of Naturawls dinners are created from frozen to ensure our meat remains fresh and safe for consumption. Our meats are all double ground using a 1/4 inch plate to ensure texture with easily digestible bone pieces. Our dinners are packaged in convenient 1/2 lb and 1 lb individually wrapped packs for dogs and 1/4 lb individually wrapped packs for cats. Naturawls dehydrated treats are all single ingredient treats. Dehydration is the method of the slow, gentle removal of moisture from raw ingredients. Only human grade meat products are used for our dehydrated treats and dinners and all of our products are manufactured at our facility in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.
For both dogs and cats, we recommend skipping a meal then switching directly from a kibble diet to a raw diet. It is important to note that kibble and raw food digest differently. Kibble expands in the stomach, while raw food does not. Kibble is typically 40% starch, making it very high in carbohydrates which increases the pH level of your pet’s stomach, thus decreasing acidity. Raw fed pets have very low pH levels (high acidity) in their stomach which makes for ideal digestion of raw meats and bones. For this reason, we do not recommend feeding raw food and kibble together in the same meal.
Cats can be a bit more finicky. If your cat is a picky eater, we recommend purchasing some high-quality canned cat food and slowly mixing in a bit of raw to the canned food. Over time, increase the amount of raw meat and decrease the amount of wet canned food until a complete transition has been achieved.
Every pet is a bit different! The first thing the majority of pet parents notice is an increase in the overall happiness and vitality of their pet. The most common changes you will generally see are: increased energy levels, a brighter and shinier coat, less shedding, decreased bowel frequency, smaller stools, healthier gums and cleaner teeth.
The general recommendation is to feed 2-3% of the ideal healthy adult body weight. Check-out our food calculator for a precise calculation for your pet! It is important to remember that every dog or cat has individual needs based on age, breed, lifestyle, activity level and body condition. Feeding recommendations are simply a guideline.
We always recommend supplementing for optimal health. This includes adding omega 3 oil and kelp a minimum of 3 times per week. For more information on supplements, head over to baierun.com
No. Naturawls raw pet food contains bone and when bone is heated it can become brittle, splinter and cause digestive hazards.
We recommend feeding Naturawls as quickly as possible to maintain freshness and nutrient value. In the fridge, once completely thawed, Naturawls raw dinners will last up to four days. We do not advise re-freezing food once thawed.
Naturawls raw pet food is a limited diet with little processing. This makes it ideal for pets with suspected food intolerances, digestive issues, skin issues and other chronic health problems. Many pets that are thought to have allergies to specific proteins in kibble do not have the same allergy to that protein when switched to raw.
It is important to note that it is helpful to add a high-quality omega-3 oil or omega-3 rich whole food source when feeding raw. Many raw meats are high in omega-6 fatty acids. It is important to have a balanced omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. When there is an excess of omega-6 in the body, it presents as inflammation which can resemble a food intolerance.
Cats are obligate carnivores which means that they need to get their nutrients from meat. Cats do not have the ability to optimally utilize nutrients from fruits and vegetables the way dogs can. Naturawls adds a small amount of pumpkin to our kitten formulation for fiber which can assist with the passing of hairballs.