FAQs

What and how much should I feed my dog? How do we start, it’s so expensive…
The majority of pet owners overfeed their animals, not on purpose. We stock a variety of flavours and have not yet found a pet we haven’t been able to feed. Please see the feeding guide calculator located in the raw section to help get you started. We are happy to answer any further questions you may have. Feeding raw isn’t as daunting as it may seem. When you figure out the array of foods that are suitable for animals it makes it fun for them and easy for you. Eg, chicken wing tips, turkey necks, some frozen berries, greek yoghurt, a fresh egg and raw4paws mince; is a fantastic days meal. You can easily meal prep for them and store in the freezer ready to grab and go.

My dog gets sick on anything except dry food…
We do hear this an awful lot. You need to give some pets at least a week to adjust. I’m going to assume you left the bowl on the floor for under 10 minutes then put their kibble back, am I right? If this is the case then they most likely rule your household whether you care to admit it or not. Feed your pet after you have eaten (very important if you have dominating dog issues), put the bowl down and leave it for half an hour, give them a chance to eat it. If not then take it away, refrigerate and try it again a little later. Do not give them any alternate options for at least 3-4 days until they give it a go and persist like this for a week. They will eat eventually. Your pet will not starve or die if they haven’t eaten for 3 days, they are being stubborn and testing their boundaries with you. Some pets may have an intolerance to some flavours and will need to try a variation to get it right.

‘My dog is pooping less’ and ‘my dog is drinking less water’?
They will be drinking less water because dry/canned food contains a lot of salt and additives their body doesn’t need so they will crave water. This also makes them bloated. As for their poop, it should occur less often once you have them in a healthy cycle, the consistency and colour will be a lot healthier, less smelly and less constipated. The kangaroo can make it black sometimes, don’t panic. If their poop is white and very crumbly then they aren’t getting enough protein, up the ante for them.

Can we cook the food?
Yes, but no. There is nothing wrong with cooking the food, we have a few customers who do. However to get the most of the nutritional value out of the food they need to ingest it raw, cooking takes a lot of goodness out of it. However cooking it is still healthier then feeding anything from a can or bag!

How long will it last defrosted and can I refreeze it?
Do you refreeze your meat? No, then treat your pets with the same respect please. Once defrosted it can last up to 5 days in the fridge. There will be blood just as all raw meat contains.

What supplements do we need?
Raw4Paws recipe contains all the goodness your pet requires to keep them happy and healthy. They can never have too much fruit, veg, meat goodness though so top them up as you go but just be careful to not overfeed them. Monitor them as they age, their bones and joints won’t be young forever. We find our recipe is prolonging the inevitable for a few more years, but ensure your pet isn’t in any discomfort. Raw4Paws does not replace any medication prescribed to your pet. 

Can we feed grains and dry food?
We are not going to say it’s okay because really it isn’t. ‘Oh but it’s a high quality that my vet prescribed?’ Really? Do they stock it at their clinic, yes I thought so. That is because the vast majority of veterinarians get kickbacks from the products they stock. Not all vets are bad, just be smart and take the time to consider what they are suggesting for your animal. If you wouldn’t eat it, require it, or do it as a human then why should your pet? However, for instance you own a Great Dane or St Bernard and still want them to have a nutritional diet. Then financially we understand the predicament you are in and commend you on trying your best to provide for them. Even a small amount of raw food is still beneficial for your pet. As for others, you need to consider this before you buy a pet and not being able to provide them with the lifestyle they require and deserve.

Can I feed my cat on raw?
Yes, we have a beef cat recipe which does not contain any of the fruit of vegetables that the dog recipe does as they tend to be a little more finicky. However we have several happy customers that feed their cats using the dog flavours for variety and they are so far thriving on it.

Do our products splinter?
No, we have not had any of our products splinter. They are either all natural or dehydrated at very low temperatures making the bones edible unlike bones that are dried which causes calcification and leads to splintering. Even our leg bones are fully consumable and have not had an issue with puppies.
We do always say to watch your pets closely when consuming them for any bite sized pieces that may get lodged in their throats, just like you would a small child.

 

FAQs

What and how much should I feed my dog? How do we start, it’s so expensive…
The majority of pet owners overfeed their animals, not on purpose. We stock a variety of flavours and have not yet found a pet we haven’t been able to feed. Please see the feeding guide calculator located in the raw section to help get you started. We are happy to answer any further questions you may have. Feeding raw isn’t as daunting as it may seem. When you figure out the array of foods that are suitable for animals it makes it fun for them and easy for you. Eg, chicken wing tips, turkey necks, some frozen berries, greek yoghurt, a fresh egg and raw4paws mince; is all a fantastic days meal. You can easily meal prep for them and store in the freezer ready to grab and go.

My dog gets sick on anything except dry food…
We do hear this an awful lot. You need to give some pets at least a week to adjust. I’m going to assume you left the bowl on the floor for under 10 minutes then put their kibble back, am I right? If this is the case then they most likely rule your household whether you care to admit it or not. Feed your pet after you have eaten (very important if you have dominating dog issues), put the bowl down and leave it for half an hour, give them a chance to eat it. If not then take it away, refrigerate and try it again a little later. Do not give them any alternate options for at least 3-4 days until they give it a go and persist like this for a week. They will eat eventually. Your pet will not starve or die if they haven’t eaten for 3 days, they are being stubborn and testing their boundaries with you. Some pets may have an intolerance so some flavours and will need to try a variation to get it right.

‘My dog is pooping less’ and ‘my dog is drinking less water’?
They will be drinking less water because dry/canned food contains a lot of salt and additives their body doesn’t need so they will crave water. This also makes them bloated. As for their poop, it should occur less often once you have them in a healthy cycle, the consistency and colour will be a lot healthier, less smelly and less constipated. The kangaroo can make it black sometimes, don’t panic. If their poop is white and very crumbly then they aren’t getting enough protein, up the ante for them.

 

Can we cook the food?
Yes, but no. There is nothing wrong with cooking the food, we have a few customers who do. However to get the most of the nutritional value out of the food they need to ingest it raw, cooking takes a lot of goodness out of it. However cooking is still way healthier then feeding anything from a can or bag!

 

 

How long will it last defrosted and can I refreeze it?
Do you refreeze your meat? No, then treat your pets with the same respect please. Once defrosted it can last up to 5 days in the fridge. There will be blood just as all raw meat contains.

What supplements do we need?
Raw4Paws recipe contains all the goodness your pet requires to keep them happy and healthy. They can never have too much fruit, veg, meat goodness though so top them up as you go but just be careful to not overfeed them. Monitor them as they age, their bones and joints won’t be young forever. We find our recipe is prolonging the inevitable for a few more years, but ensure your pet isn’t in any discomfort. Raw4Paws does not replace any medication prescribed to your pet. 

 

Can we feed grains and dry food?
We are not going to say it’s okay because really it isn’t. ‘Oh but it’s a high quality that my vet prescribed?’ Really? Do they stock it at their clinic, yes I thought so. That is because the vast majority of veterinarians get kickbacks from the products they stock. Not all vets are bad, just be smart and take the time to consider what they are suggesting for your animal. If you wouldn’t eat it, require it, or do it as a human then why should your pet? However, for instance you own a Great Dane or St Bernard and still want them to have a nutritional diet, then financially we understand the predicament you are in and commend you on trying your best to provide for them. Even a small amount of raw food is still beneficial for your pet. As for others, you need to consider this before you buy a pet and not being able to provide them with the lifestyle they require and deserve.

 

 

Can I feed my cat on raw?
Yes, we have a beef cat recipe which does not contain any of the fruit of vegetables that the dog recipe does as they tend to be a little more finicky. However we have several happy customers that feed their cats using the dog flavours for variety and they are so far thriving on it.

Do our products splinter?
No, we have not had any of our products splinter. They are either all natural or dehydrated at very low temperatures making the bones edible unlike bones that are dried which causes calcification and leads to splintering. Even our leg bones are fully consumable and have not had an issue with our puppies.
We do always say to watch your pets closely when consuming them for any bite sized pieces that may get lodged in their throats, just like you would a small child.