What is a Raw Diet?

A raw diet is mimicking the way Mother Nature intended our carnivores to eat in the wild. It consists of appropriate ratios of muscle meat, bone, organ and trace minerals to fully satisfy your pets’ nutritional requirements.   It is biologically and species appropriate, moisture rich and abundant with living enzymes, amino and omega fatty acids.

What does a Raw Diet eliminate?
A properly prepared raw diet will eliminate all artificial ingredients, fillers, gluten, cereal grains, corn, rice, wheat, soy, flour, nitrates, salts, sugars, dyes, chemicals and preservatives typically found in commercial pet food.

What are the benefits of a Raw Diet?
By eliminating the fake, dead and carcinogenic ingredients normally found in bags or cans of food and switching to a whole foods diet rich in living nutrients, you eliminate the side effects that are normally associated with commercially processed foods.

Some of the benefits of a raw diet are:

- Stronger immune systems
- Increased energy and vitality
- Softer, shiner, brighter coats
- Better breath and whiter teeth
- Decreased skin irritations and hot spots
- Hair regrowth
- Eliminates most food born allergies
- More muscle mass and less fat
- Great for weight loss and maintenance
- Reduced volume and odor of stool
- Exponentially decreases the risk of cancer and heart disease

Tell us about Carnivore Planet's sourcing:
Our meats:  All of our raw diets come from USDA Human Grade meats at USDA inspected facilities. Our proteins are free range, cage free, pasture raised, grass fed, antibiotic free, steroid free, hormone free and NON – GMO fed.

Our produce: Some of our diets are prepared with produce to further replicate trace minerals that dogs and cats would have normally found in their prey. We have several complete diets that use USDA Certified Organic Produce – so no pesticides!

How do I get started?
Now that you’ve made the ultimate health choice for your pet and are ready to start a raw diet you will need to decide how you’d like the food prepared. Essentially, you have three choices. Out of those three, convenience will generally dictate the cost. You will ultimately have to decide what’s more important. Let’s go over your choices below:

IDEAL FOR SMALL DOGS - Sliders, Nuggets, Medallions:  
We have convenient little sliders, nuggets or medallions that are pre-cut and pre-weighed (between .2oz-1.5oz) for you to portion out, making feeding time very simple.

The patties are in a friendly hamburger like shape and weigh in at 8oz each. For example a healthy, 40-50lb adult dog would eat one pound of food per day. So if you were to feed him patties, he would simply get one patty in the morning for breakfast and one in the evening for dinner – easy, right?

Chubs are the least convenient but most cost effective way to feed raw. Unlike the options above, the chub is basically the ground formula before it gets shaped, weighed or cut.  The chubs are in a tube shape and weigh between two and five pounds. They are sold by the case for the biggest savings. You will have to defrost at least 1 chub at a time (32oz for the smallest chub) and then portion the meat out and weigh it before feeding. It takes a little more work but if you can spare the extra time and effort, the cost savings is significant.

Do I need any special equipment to feed Raw?
You won’t need any special equipment but there are a few things worth considering in order to make raw feeding easier and more efficient.

Defrosting Containers:
You can certainly use your pets’ food bowls to defrost their food in the fridge but you may find it more appropriate to use a separate, covered container (tupperware, stainless steel or glass) specifically for defrosting food.

Food Scale:
Some find this a necessity, especially when feeding chubs or bulk meats. We find it less imperative when using sliders, medallions, nuggets or patties since those diets are pre-weighed.

Food service gloves are optional. This totally depends on how comfortable you are with raw meats. If you often prepare raw meat in the kitchen for yourself or your family then it is probably a non-issue. But if you’d rather not come in direct contact with it, then food service gloves are something to consider.

How much do I feed?
The general rule is 2-2.5% of your pet’s weight to maintain that weight. You would feed more or less for weight loss or weight gain. Adjustments would also need to be made for age, breed type, activity level etc. Come in and one of our nutritional experts can make an accurate recommendation for you.
How do I transition to a Raw Diet?
When transitioning your dog to a raw food diet, we recommend going in cold turkey rather than slowly mixing kibble with raw. You have less chance of GI upset when you do the transition quickly. So you can do this one of two ways:

1.    Skip a meal and then start raw:
This can be done for example, by skipping dinner the night before and then starting a completely raw diet in the morning.  

2.    Feed a meal of probiotics or digestive enzymes then start raw:
This method will prepare your dog’s body for protein and moisture rich nutritional assimilation. For example,  if your dog is starting his raw diet tomorrow, you will feed him either Raw Unpasteurized Goat’s Milk (probiotic cleanse) or Raw Green Tripe (digestive enzyme cleanse) for dinner as his last meal in lieu of kibble. Then the next morning, he starts on a 100% raw diet. This is Carnivore Planet’s preferred method of transition.

 What will the first meal be like?
Congratulations, you’ve purchased your food and now you’re ready to get started!

Make some room:   You’ll need to set some freezer space aside as well as defrosting space in the fridge.

Defrosting:  This can take 24 hours or more depending on the temperature of your fridge. Defrosting must take place in a refrigerated environment in such a manner that the internal temperature of the meat remains below 40 ° Fahrenheit. DO NOT use a microwave or hot water bath for defrosting as this will kill all of the nutrients and nullify the benefits of feeding raw. So put tomorrow's serving in a clean container or feeding bowl. If you feed your dog twice/day you can also use 2 separate bowls, one bowl per meal. Take a record of how long it took your meal to defrost and develop a time schedule so that you will always have another, thawed meal ready to eat!

Feeding time: Once the food is fully defrosted, you can take it right out of the fridge and serve! Always supervise your dog at all times during feeding. If there are uneaten left-overs from a meal; do not let sit, refrigerate immediately or discard.

Sanitation: These are raw and perishable meats. To prevent food borne illness, handle this food, just as you would any other raw meat. Always use clean dishware, wash food bowls immediately after feeding, wash your hands and sanitize any surfaces that have come in contact with the meat and always keep raw meats separate from other foods when defrosting in the refrigerator or storing in the freezer.

 I got through my first feeding, anymore tips?
Pat yourself on the back and take a deep breath. You’ve done well, so keep it up! Our best advice is to not get discouraged. Your first few weeks will be a learning curve. Here you will develop a routine with respect to defrosting, having food ready and knowing when it’s time to defrost more. It’s a little effort but just remember, fast-cheap-and-easy never got anyone healthy - So if you’re ever in doubt, just know that you’re on the right track!

 What if I forget to defrost food, run out or travel?
Freeze Dried Raw: Technology has now allowed us to provide you with the shelf stable counterpart of your raw meat diets! Yes, that’s right, you can now take raw with you when you travel, on camping trips or simply use it in case of an emergency where you forget to defrost food the night before or run out and aren’t able to get to the store that day. We recommend always having a bag of freeze dried food on hand just in case!

The Freeze-Drying Process:
Freeze-drying is a process that enables manufacturers to remove the moisture from their products without cooking. The product is first frozen and then put into a freeze dryer. Inside the freeze dryer, powerful pumps create a vacuum and extremely cold temperature. Very low levels of heat are applied to the shelves on which the trays of product sit, enabling the ice within the meat to "sublimate" directly into water vapor, skipping the liquid stage. If you’ve ever experienced the 'smoke' coming from a block of dry ice, it's basically the same action or ‘sublimation’ occurring when you see it ‘evaporate’ rather than melt.  So these raw products change from frozen to freeze-dried without ever being thawed or cooked, thereby retaining all of the nutritional value of raw meat, minus the water. 

Can I feed a Freeze Dried Raw Diet fulltime?
Absolutely! As long as you rehydrate the food at mealtime, freeze dried raw complete diets can be fed full time. Keep in mind that the convenience factor and freeze drying process will influence the price of the product and make it less cost efficient than feeding a traditional frozen raw diet.

 Thank you.
Thank you for reading through our raw section and we hope that this information was helpful. We will also be adding an FAQ (frequently asked questions) section very soon. 'Till then, If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

We wish you and your pet the very best HEALTH, WELLNESS AND VITALITY!

  -   The Carnivore Planet Team


What is a RAW DIET? >>

Biologically and species appropriate nutrition.