Our Philosophy and Sourcing Methods

Our Philosophy and Sourcing Methods

Our Philosophy on Transitioning

Simple for the Dog Parent

Starting off simply is like learning to float before you become a serious swimmer. Ease into feeding raw before you expand into what you feel will work realistically long-term for your lifestyle.

The ultimate goal is to find a sustainable raw feeding method that works for you and your dog. To reach that goal, begin with this method, then expand and grow from there. There’s no judgment in what you end up choosing. You and your dog will find the right balance together. I trust you with that, and you should trust yourself in this process too.

Starting somewhere is better than never beginning because you’re looking for perfection, or becoming overwhelmed and quitting.

Easy for Your Dog

Dogs who’ve been eating a kibble diet for many years may have a difficult time with immediately eating and digesting bony animal parts (whole and/or Frankenprey style). Our holistic veterinarian explained that the gut bacteria has to rebuild and repair, and the stomach muscles need to strengthen. Only then will the body be able to break down and digest bones properly.

Sometimes senior dogs may be unable to adapt, since they’ve reached an age where fully rebuilding their stomach muscles is too much to expect. This doesn’t mean that your senior dog will never be able to eat whole parts, it means the transition should be done gradually with patience and proper monitoring. Softer bones from a whole meaty raw neck may still be a very realistic possibility for sensitive senior dogs after completing a successful transition.

Starting with a grind that you either source ready or make yourself at home is the safest and easiest transition for your dog’s digestive system, according to our holistic veterinarian, and gives you much higher chances of completing the transition glitch-free.

Methods To Source Your Ready-Prepared Foundation

These methods outline how to find pre-packaged ready-to-serve food containing the required meat components for a raw food diet (muscle meat, muscle organs, secreting organs, and edible bones).

  1. On Google Maps, search natural pet food store and find local pet food stores. Contact them to ask if they have raw frozen chub packs/grinds/containers, or if they can help you source them.
  2. On Yelp, search natural pet food store and find local pet food stores. Contact them to ask if they have raw frozen chub packs/grinds/containers, or if they can help you source them.
  3. On Google, search for raw dog food <city>. For example, raw dog food Portland will find local pet food stores or dog food businesses in Portland. Contact them to ask if they have raw frozen chub packs/grinds/containers, or if they can help you source them.
  4. On Yelp, Google Maps, or Google, search for BARF dog food or BARF dog food <city>.
  5. On Instagram, search BARF and RawFed in various methods. For example, you can search hashtags like #barfdiet #barffrance (replace the country with your own) #rawfed #rawfeeding #rawfeddogs #barf #pmr and #rawfeedingcommunity. This will help you find resources, companies, and raw feeders who can answer questions and help with sourcing.
  6. On Google, search for raw dog food delivery <city or country> or BARF food delivery <city or country>. For example, try raw dog food delivery UK or BARF food delivery London. This should yield plenty of local results and resources.
  7. On Google, search for raw dog food online <city or country> or BARF food online <city or country>. For example, try raw food online USA or BARF food online Denver. This should yield plenty of local results and resources.

Once you narrow down your options, ask questions and find reviews. I like checking producers’ social media accounts to see what their customers are saying. Questions I like to ask the producer or check their website for:

  • Is the food balanced properly? (as you learned in the “Components for a Complete Diet” chapter)
  • Is the meat GMO- and hormone-free?
  • Are there added benefits like organic, pasture-raised, and grass-fed?
  • Is the food 100% carb-free?
  • Is the food free of supplements and additives?
  • Is the food human-grade?
  • Where is the meat sourced from?
  • Is the food 100% raw?

Methods To Source Required Components For Your Foundation

If you’ve tried and can’t source ready grinds, don’t panic! Even though it will add a couple of steps to build complete meals, you can definitely do it yourself. Once you find your sourcing, I recommend you set aside an afternoon, do a huge batched meal prep, and freeze ready-prepared meals. Invest in a solid grinder that can grind edible bones.

These steps outline how to find components to create your own prepared food containing the required meat components for a raw food diet (muscle meat, muscle organs, secreting organs and edible bones). This method is often the most affordable way to feed your dog a raw diet, which is a great added benefit. It’s so worth it!

  • On Google Maps or Yelp, search for a butcher, butchery, or meat shop. Contact the butcher and ask about their sourcing and the quality of their meats. Find a butcher who sources GMO- and hormone-free meats. Pasture-raised, grass-fed, grass-finished, and organic are highly beneficial pluses!
  • Butchers may have ready dog food grinds in containers, but you MUST verify that the ratio is correct (as you learned in the “Components for a Complete Diet” chapter).
  • If the butcher’s food passes your questions and you’re happy with the answers, you can source all the parts to create complete meals. The beauty is that butchers will often give you organs and meaty bones for great prices (or even free!) because unfortunately people don’t eat a lot of those highly nutritious components. That’s a win for our dogs!
  • Find local raw dog food co-ops. Do a Google search for raw dog food co-ops <country or city>.
  • Try farmers and farmers’ markets. On Google Maps or Yelp, search farmers and farmers market. You’ll likely be able to source many of your components and build great community connections.
  • Visit your local supermarket or big box store like Costco. Opt for at least hormone and GMO-free meat. You may not be able to get all the required components (such as liver and other organs), but it will help in the process. Often you can ask the meat department if they can help with sourcing organs and bones. You never know! Don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Get in touch with local hunters in your community. The health benefits of wild game for your dogs are immense!
  • If you’ve already considered hunting or fishing for your own health, this may be a good time to consider learning more about feeding yourself and your dog in the most healthy and sustainable way possible through wild food. It is something we’re considering too.

Keep this in mind when buying fresh meats from a butcher:

  • You’ll need to pay close attention to proper ratios (meat, muscle, organ) when building out your pup’s meals yourself.
  • You’ll have to follow the freezing requirements for all meats and fish to kill tapeworm and other parasites.

What’s in the Next Chapter

We’ll expand on the subjects of rotating protein varieties, and explain which proteins you can choose for your fur-kid (and why).

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