Raw Food FAQ / Calculator

Helpful resources for feeding a RAW food diet

Raw Food Resources

Whether you have never heard of it, curious or just introducing the raw food diet to your pet(s) then this page is for you. Raw food has been around for some time and though it is still gaining traction on popularity, make no mistake that raw food is not a ‘fad diet’ and is here to stay. The raw food diet has been shown to improve many pets quality of life as it is considered a ‘biologically appropriate’ alternative to many commercialized foods on the market today. What that means is raw food doesn’t have to be produced or manufactured in the way that kibbles or some cans do, it has wholesome ingredients added (bones, organs, with fruits and vegetables) and contains hormone & antibiotic free proteins. No heat is used in the process of making raw allowing the natural bacteria not to be ‘killed off’ like it would be in a kibble manufacturing scenario – now you may be thinking well it’s raw meat, that bacteria can’t be good, and that is a valid point but you have to keep in mind we are feeding animals that are evolutionary built to digest and process certain strains of bacteria including salmonella as their digestive tracts are much shorter and different from us two legged beings. Raw food has many benefits that you can see take place in your pet quite fast including – shinier & sleeker skin and coat, brighter and cleaner teeth, less and easier to clean fecal waste, plus sustained and healthy body weight/muscle mass. Click on some links below to see some common raw food FAQ’s, product suggestions for feeding raw, and a calculator to ensure you’re feeding the right amount of raw food.

Raw Food Calculator

Use the calculator below to find the suggested amount of raw food you should be feeding you pet based on age, weight and activity.

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Please note: The suggested amounts are based on a frozen raw diet and are just a general guide. The breed, size, and activity level of your pet will impact their daily requirements. Adjust accordingly to maintain ideal weight.

Raw Food FAQ

Find some answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about a raw food diet. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us or come in to the store to talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members.

  • Can a raw diet improve the health and longevity of my pet?

    Yes! Wild ancestors of our now domestic dogs and cats ate a raw diet in the wild, and their body chemistry is designed to digest, assimilate and utilize all the nutrients of a raw diet. Because of this, they thrive on such a diet. Similarly, look at human diets. It is well known that eating fast food and junk food (equivalent to the lack of pet appropriate nutrition in many commercial foods) will contribute to many diseases such as heart disease, therefore shortening lifespan. Our ancestors did not have this fast food to clog their arteries – our bodies were not designed to eat this type of food (just like dogs and cats did not have processed, by-product filled food)! In contrast, it is proven that a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fibre will reduce heart disease, increasing lifespan.

    The same goes for pet’s – a natural, raw diet is the most health promoting, readily absorbed food for pets. Healthy food DOES equal a healthy pet!

  • Does feeding a raw food diet require a lot of extra work?

    Actually, feeding raw does not take a lot of work and it is very easy! First of all, food for up to four days can be defrosted at the same time (stored in the fridge), so you don’t have to take food out of the freezer every day. Many products we carry do not need any mixing, it’s just thaw and serve the appropriate amount!

  • Is it true that there is a lot less stool when a pet if fed a raw diet?

    Yes, this is true! Because raw food is so easily digested, there is a lot less waste, therefore less stool. The stool is more compact, is odourless, and will disintegrate very quickly. Colour will vary, depending on the kind of meat consumed. Additionally, stools are harder which helps keep the anal glands properly cleaned.

  • How is "feeding raw" different than just buying meat from the grocery store?

    Feeding a proper raw diet is not just raw meat. Raw diets for dogs and cats are made up of meat, bone, organ meats, vegetables, and supplements. All of these elements are needed in proper proportions to ensure your pet maintains their health. Additionally, most raw diets that Tail Blazers has are made from hormone and anti-biotic free meats, a bonus that is not found with standard grocery store meat.

  • Can I feed my pet raw food and kibbled food?

    Yes. The important thing is to not feed them both it in the same meal. Kibble can take up to 16 hours to digest, where raw is about 3 to 4 hours, so mixing them is not suggested. So if you choose to feed both, feed raw in the morning and kibble in the evening (or vice-versa), for example. This goes for both dogs and cats.

  • What are some of the benefits of a raw diet?

    – Tooth Plaque is no longer a problem
    – Healthier skin and shinier coat
    – Improved weight control
    – Improved health, energy and longevity
    – Increased immunity
    – Very little stool / Reduced urine burning your lawn
    – Reduces breath & body odor

Raw Feeding Product Suggestions

Whether you already feed raw or looking to get into it, here are some suggestions of products that will be great to have on hand – mind you these are not necessary but can make your area more organized and hygienic.

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Kitchen Scale

Consider purchasing a kitchen scale if you don't already have one available. This will help you weigh your pets raw feeding for the day or per meal. Use the raw food calculator above to help give you a guideline for feeding.

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Stainless Steel Pet Bowls

It is suggested to feed raw food in stainless steel bowls as this is the easiest to keep clean and more hygienic for that reason. Porcelain or plastic bowls can have minor imperfections like little fractures that can trap food particles and bacteria. Bonus: you can purchase stainless steel bowls such as pictured with anti-skid material on the bottom keeping your dogs bowl in one place.

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Food Storage Containers

Having containers on hand makes feeding raw more convenient, as when you know your pets daily feeding you can take out a couple days worth of feedings (multiple raw patties) and place it in a container to set in the fridge for a convenient defrost. This saves time - especially for those early morning feedings.