How to Feed Raw

It’s easy to go raw.

If you’re new to raw food, take a moment to learn about transitioning your dog to a new diet and the best ways to handle and store Raw Bistro products.

Raw foods grown and processed in USDA-certified facilities with the utmost concern for cleanliness, humane treatment and environmental impact ensure the highest quality products for you and your pets. Once you experience the benefits of a raw diet you will never return to the stunted diets offered by commercial large-scale pet food manufacturers.

Treat raw pet fare as you would any meat.

Raw Bistro raw dog fare is no different than any other fresh meat you serve your family. Follow a common-sense approach to safety and handling, including:

  • Keeping Raw Bistro raw pet fare frozen until ready to be consumed
  • Thawing in the refrigerator for about 24 hours
  • Using thawed portions within 3 to 4 days
  • Washing your hands and any utensils or work surfaces that come into contact with raw meats with hot soapy water

If your pet is new to raw food, transition slowly.

Transitioning your dog to a raw diet is simple and straightforward. The complete transition can often be accomplished within a week; however, the the key is to go slowly, as you would with any dietary change. Puppies can generally transition over the course of a few days as they typically have a healthier digestive system than older dogs. The older the dog, the longer you should take to transition to the new diet.

To start, we recommend fasting your dog for a half to a full day prior to the first meal to ensure a good appetite and then feed a little bit to see how he or she handles the fresh food.  If all is well, continue replacing a little bit of the original diet with the raw diet. 

Monitor your pet.  If your pet experiences loose stools, wait until the stool is firm to continue the transition.

How much should I feed my dog?

It seems there should be an easy way to figure out how much to feed your dog, but there is not.  Food needs vary by activity level, metabolic rate, age, breed, outdoor temperature and other variables.  It is important that you observe your pet closely and increase or reduce food quantity as needed for proper weight.

One rule of thumb is to feed 2-4% of the pets body weight.  Smaller dogs will require a higher percentage of their body weight, while larger dogs will require a smaller percentage of their body weight.  

  • a 10 lb. dog will eat about 2 to 2-1/2 lbs. per week or about 10 lbs per month
  • a 25 lb. dog will eat about 5 lbs per week or about 20 lbs per month
  • a 50 lb. dog will eat about 8 lbs per week or about 32 lbs per month
  • a 75 lb. dog will eat about 10-1/2 lbs per week or about 42 lbs per month
  • a 100 lb. dog will eat about 13-1/2 lbs per week or about 54 lbs per month

For additional details on feeding guidelines, visit our feeding calculator page.