10 things knowledgeable prey model raw feeders never do

10 Things Knowledgeable Raw Feeders Never Do

Today I’m sharing 10 things raw feeders just don’t do!

Enjoy and feel free to share what you don’t do in the comment section if you’re a raw feeder as well. 

Questions about raw feeding? Feel free to leave them in the comment section as well!

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1. We Don’t Complain About Raw Dog Food Meal Prep

That’s because we go into super nerd mode when we get ready to put our dogs’ raw meals together.

Sometimes, that’s followed by proudly posting pictures of our meals on social media!

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Raw dog food meal prep
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2. We Never Pass Up A Deal On Raw Meat

We get super excited about turkeys on sale after the holidays.

Also, when our local grocery store has a BOGO (buy one, get one free) deal on bags of raw chicken leg quarters, or when our favorite raw dog food retailer has cuts of meat on sale!

That said, we also have freezer space just for raw dog food.

K9sOverCoffee | Turkey Sale After The Holidays
Turkey deals after the holidays
Freezer space makes raw feeding affordable and affects the cost of raw dog food
Wally’s 7 cubic foot chest freezer

3. We’re Not Squeamish about Feeding What Others Would Consider “Odd” Cuts of Meat

We understand that variety is key in feeding our pups, so we’re happy to feed uterus, brains, heads, and similar cuts of meat. 

Cutting up lamb brains for raw dog food
Cutting up lamb brains from Raw Feeding Miami

4. We Don’t Stress Out About Every Single Meal Being 100% Balanced

Instead, we achieve balance for our adult dogs over the course of 5-7 days. It’s totally fine to feed a raw meaty bone on Monday, and not feed another one until Wednesday or Thursday.

It always depends on the bone content of the individual raw meaty bone. For example, turkey necks consist of about 45% bone, while duck heads consist of 75% bone.

Good to know: This approach doesn’t work for puppies. They need to eat balanced meals on a daily basis.

My 40 lb dog Wally eating a partially frozen turkey neck as part of his raw dog food diet.
Wally eating a turkey neck

5. We Never Feed Our Dogs Cooked Bones

That’s probably one of the biggest no-no’s in raw feeding. Cooking bones changes their density and turns them from soft and pliable into hard and brittle, i.e. dangerous.

6. We Never Feed A Meal of Just Secreting Organs

Secreting organs only make up 10% of the raw feeding formula for a reason. Feeding an entire meal of them could cause vitamin A toxicity (particularly true for liver) and runny poop.

K9sOverCoffee | Putting My Dogs' Raw Meals Together - Part 2- Organs, Cutting Up Beef Liver
Cutting up beef liver for raw meal prep

7. We Never Feed Bleached Tripe From The Grocery Store

Bleached tripe has zero nutritional value for our pups, so it’s really important to only feed green tripe.

Tip: Use discount code K9Savings for 15% off any green tripe products at Raw Paws Pet Food:

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Chunked green tripe from Raw Feeding Miami. Use my referral link for 15% off.

8. We Never Let Traditional Vets Talk Us Out of Raw Feeding

That’s because we know better. And we know better because we’ve experienced the incredible benefits of feeding our dogs balanced, species-appropriate raw meals.

Their shiny coats, clean teeth and ears, strong immune systems and overall good health speak for themselves.

Here are tips to talk to your anti-raw vet about raw feeding.

K9sOverCoffee | Wally has clean teeth thanks to eating raw meaty bones
Wally’s clean teeth courtesy of eating raw meaty bones
Bone appétit - My Dogs Are Digging Into Their Raw Dog Food
Missy’s & Buzz’s shiny, soft coats thanks to raw dog food

9. We Can Never Get Enough From Peeking Into Fellow Raw Feeders’ Bowls

Let me see what’s in your pups’ dinner bowl this week! It’s a blast browsing fellow raw feeders’ raw meal pictures on Instagram, and a great source of inspiration.

Just check out the hashtags RawFeedersOfInstagram or RawFedDog.

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10. We Will Never Go back to Feeding Kibble

Kibble is crappy, highly processed dog food, plain and simple.

Dogs can survive on it, but they can’t thrive on it like they do on species-appropriate, raw dog food.

That said, kibble is definitely a no-no for prey mode raw feeders.

10 Things Knowledgeable Raw Feeders Never Do: Bottom Line

I suppose the biggest no-no is feeding kibble and cooked bones. We also really don’t mind handling those odd cuts of meat like hearts, heads, and brains.

That’s because we want our pups to live as long as possible, and they need a strong immune system to be able to do that.

Did I miss anything? Feel free to add something you never do if you’re a raw feeder – we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.






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