You’ve heard of the potential benefits that a raw diet can have for your pet, and now you want to make the switch. So, how do you transition your pet in a healthy way and how do you ensure that you are handing the food properly? Primal Pet Foods has the answers.
We recommend following these safe-handling instructions to ensure a successful and long-term feeding program for you and your pet. Feeding raw foods to your pet is safe and simple as long as you follow the handling procedures outlined below.
Keep our raw foods frozen until ready to use.
Defrost raw foods in refrigerator following our standard thawing instructions, or use our quick-thaw tips until food is completely defrosted.
After serving a thawed meal portion of food, immediately place any remaining thawed meal portions into the refrigerator.
After portioning frozen food from the freezer to thaw, immediately return remaining food in the bag to the freezer.
Raw foods will maintain optimum freshness for 3-5 days under refrigeration.
We recommend feeding raw foods in a stainless-steel bowl.
Wash all work surfaces, utensils, hands and food bowls with hot, soapy water after handling raw meats and poultry.
Keep raw meats and poultry away from children.
Keep raw meats and poultry separate from other foods.
Transition is the most essential element of a healthy and safe change from dry kibble or canned wet food to a raw diet. We recommend making this transition slowly. Allow a minimum of one week for your pet's digestive system to properly adjust from a highly processed diet to a new diet of human-grade raw foods.
For days 1-3, begin by mixing Primal Formulas, Mixes or Grinds into your pet's current food at a ratio that your pet will tolerate; you can start with as little as 1/4 Primal to 3/4 of your pet's current food. Your pet may show some adversity to the temperature of the raw food when served directly from the refrigerator. To warm Primal raw foods, place the feeding portion into a zip-seal, water-tight bag and temper in a bowl of warm water. Do not use water that is too hot, as this will potentially cook the food and reduce the enzymatic properties, as well as deplete the nutrient values of the raw foods.
If your pet accepts the raw food during days 1-3, feed your pet raw foods only for the morning meal and their current food for the evening meal for days 4-7. When your pet has transitioned successfully (consuming raw foods readily, healthy, firm stool), you can begin feeding raw foods for both meals.
Many pets will transition quickly and consume the raw food with vigor. To determine how your pet's system is accepting the new diet, monitor your pet's stool. On a raw diet, your pet's stool size will be greatly reduced. Stools will become small, firm and void of any offensive odor. If your pet's stool is soft or loose as a result of the transition, introduce the raw food more slowly.
Pets that have digestive issues and/or gastrointestinal disorders should be transitioned more slowly. We recommend the addition of a digestive enzyme to aid with the transition for pets with severe digestive and/or gastrointestinal upset.
It is important to only serve Primal raw foods when completely thawed. Frozen foods can be difficult for animals to digest. Never microwave any pet food. Microwaves cause the fat molecules to radically change, making fats less digestible, and ultimately they can become harmful to your pet's long-term health.
To learn more about the best way to prepare and feed your pet a raw diet check out this video: