Homemade raw dog food with rabbit in a stainless steel dog bowl

Rabbit for Raw Dog Food

It can be tricky to get your hands on rabbit for raw dog food, so today I’m sharing where you can find it, along with tips of how to get a deal on it.

That’s crucial, because rabbit meat tends to be more on the expensive side, regardless of whether it’s whole or ground.

I’ll also mention 3 freeze-dried alternatives that are great for traveling as well as when you’re out of raw rabbit.

Or to use as training treats!

raw dog food rabbit in a stainless steel dog bowl in front of a brown dog licking their muzzle

Disclaimer: This blog post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated in 2024. It contains affiliate links I may earn compensation through at no additional cost to you.

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Why Is It Good to Add Rabbit to Raw Dog Food?

There are two reasons why it’s good to add rabbit meat to your pup’s raw dog food.

1. Include Rabbit in Your Protein Rotation for Optimal Nutrient Coverage

First of, it’s generally a good idea to rotate the raw protein sources you’re feeding because different cuts of meat from different animals contain different nutrients.

So in order to cover your dog’s nutritional needs, feed a variety of protein sources including rabbit.

For example, you can feed raw dog food rabbit one week, duck the following week, turkey the week after, and bison the week after that.

Of course this is easiest to implement if you’re feeding ground, balanced raw dog food aka complete raw dog food when you buy the commercial kind.

When you put your own raw dog food together, it’s likely more practical to include different cuts of meat from different protein sources in your dog’s individual meals.

It’s important to understand that balanced meals consist of muscle meat, secreting organs, raw meaty bones and the optional veggie/fruit mix.

Here’s an example:

  • A duck head
  • Bison green tripe
  • Rabbit meat
  • Rabbit liver and
  • Turkey kidney, along with the
  • Optional veggie and/or fruit mix (for example puréed broccoli, celery and blueberries).

2. Feed Rabbit to Dogs with Multiple Food Sensitivities

Raw dog food rabbit is also an amazing hypoallergenic protein source for dogs who are seemingly allergic to or do poorly with multiple foods.

The usual suspects are common dog food ingredients like chicken and beef, but some dogs also don’t do well with turkey, lamb, quail, pork, salmon, etc.

For example, my pup Wally can’t have chicken, quail, pheasant, salmon, sardines or green lipped mussels, along with several veggies and fruit.

However, he does great with duck, beef, bison, thread herring, mackerel, and, you guessed it!, rabbit.

That’s because rabbit is a novel protein that’s not found as much in raw (and dry) dog food as more commonly used animals, notably chicken and beef.

Cutting up raw rabbit carcass for raw dog food rabbit meal prep
Cutting up raw rabbit carcass in my kitchen for raw dog food rabbit meal prep

Other protein sources that aren’t overly common in dog food are venison, duck, goose, ostrich, camel and kangaroo.

Of course I don’t want Wally to develop a sensitivity to rabbit one day, so rather than feeding rabbit meat only, I make sure that Wally’s meals consist of multiple protein sources.

Albeit more uncommon ones like duck, goose and thread herring or mackerel, or anything else I can find that he’s not used to eating.

Where to Buy Rabbit for Your Raw Dog Food

OK, now let’s get to the goodies! The following brands all carry raw dog food rabbit in varying forms.

Some sell ground rabbit only, others sell grinds and whole rabbits, others yet again carry different cuts of rabbit including heads and other bones, muscle meat, and secreting organs like liver or kidneys.

Keep in mind that whole rabbits consist of roughly 10-15% bone, 10% secreting organs, and 75-80% muscle meat.

Once it’s been skinned and gutted, the bone content is around 28%.

Brown dog sitting in front of DIY raw dog food rabbit

Hare Today

The brand started as a small rabbit farm and still specializes in raw rabbit, but they also sell lots of other protein sources.

Whole Prey Rabbits – 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 lbs (whole rabbit with fur and insides)

Skinned/Gutted Rabbit (cut in half)

Rabbit skeletons – 3 lbs (2 skeletons per bag)

Meaty Rabbit Bones – 2 lbs

Rabbit Pieces – 3 lbs

Rabbit Chunks – 3 lbs (small pieces)

Whole Carcass Rabbit, 1 lb fine ground (fur and all)

Rabbit/Bones/Organs, 1 lb fine ground (can be fed as is, 75% meat, 15% bone, 10% organ)

Rabbit Organs, 1 lb fine ground (50% liver, 25% heart, 25% kidney)

Boneless Rabbit Cubes/Strips, 2 lbs

Hare Today FYI

Hare Today is located in Springboro, PA, only 5 miles from the Ohio border.

They ship to most of the continental US except to Washington State.

Hare Today also has a rewards program you can learn more about here.

My Pet Carnivore

All of their raw dog food rabbit products are sourced from small farms and rabbit fanciers in the Midwest.

Coarse Ground Whole Rabbit – 2 lb

These grinds include the head, heart, liver, kidneys & lungs.

Fine Ground Whole Rabbit – 1 lb

These grinds include the head, heart, liver, kidneys & lungs.

Rabbit Feet – 10

Whole hind rabbit feet with fur.

My Pet Carnivore FYI

They also carry other novel protein sources like beaver, duck, mutton and goat.

My Pet Carnivore is located in Indianapolis, IN. They ship via FedEx Monday- Friday within the continental US.

Customers who live east of CO are charged a $30 flat shipping rate. Those who live west of KS can choose between Ground and 3-Day delivery.

They also have a monthly delivery schedule for customers in the Midwest and offer free pick-ups from their headquarters in Indianapolis.

Raw Feeding Miami (RFM)

RFM sells different variations of raw dog food rabbit:

Chunked Rabbit – 2.5 lb

Consists of meaty chunks of bone.

Ground Rabbit Bones – 2.5 lb

Consists of ground rabbit spines and ribs.

Whole Rabbit Bones – 2.5 lb

Consists of whole rabbit spines and rib cages.

Rabbit Grinds – 1 lb for $9.00 | 2.5 lb

Consists of ground up whole rabbits with organs (but no intestines or heads). Can be fed as a meal.

raw dog food rabbit grinds from RFM mixed with veggies from Green Juju in a stainless steel dog bowl on a food scale
Rabbit grinds from RFM

Rabbit Heads – 2.5 lb

Consists of raw rabbit heads without ears. Some come with and some without fur.

raw rabbit heads for dogs in 2 stainless steel dog bowls with 2 Black Boxer mixes sitting next to them
Rabbit heads from RFM

Rabbit Hearts – 1 lb

Consists of raw rabbit hearts.

Rabbit Kidneys – 1 lb

Consists of raw rabbit kidneys with a good amount of fat (= suet).

White woman presenting raw dog food ingredients for meal prep in a kitchen, including raw rabbit kidneys

Rabbit Liver – 1 lb

Consists of raw rabbit liver.

Dehydrated Rabbit Feet and Ears – 3 oz

Consists of furry dehydrated rabbit feet and ears.

Brown dog lying down on kitchen tile in front of furry rabbit feet and ears from Raw Feeding Miami
Rabbit feat and ears from RFM

Raw Feeding Miami FYI

They also carry other novel protein sources like duck, camel, kangaroo, alpaca, and pheasant, although their availability depends on the season.

Raw Feeding Miami is located in Miami, FL. They ship via FedEx within the continental US and require orders to be placed 7 days in advance.

They offer a pick up option for local customers from their warehouse in Miami Tuesday – Friday between 9 am – 4 pm EST and Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm EST.

Pick ups have to be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance by emailing val1rfm@gmail.com .

They offer weekly specials, have a rewards program and offer occasional discounts in their newsletter.

Use my Raw Feeding Miami referral discount link for 10% off your first order, rabbit or anything else.

Raw Delivery MN

Rabbit Grind – 5 lb

Contains ground whole prey: 65% meat, 5% organ and 28-30% bone. Includes head, heart, liver and kidneys. Buy 8 of this product, get $8 off.

Raw Delivery MN FYI

Sourced and made in Minnesota

Online ordering/shipping is available. Orders are only shipped on Mondays.

You can also pick up your order from their 13 pickup locations.

North Star Bison

Rabbit Ground Bone-In Pet Food – 1 lb or 5 lb

Ingredients: 45% meat, 45% carcass (= bone), 10% heart and liver

North Star Bison FYI

Sourced and made in Wisconsin.

Online ordering/shipping is available. Standard shipping rates:

  • $20.05 for orders less than $100
  • $15.95 for orders more than $100 but less than $250
  • free for orders over $250.

You can also pick up your order from Monday – Friday between 8 am – 5pm here:

222 Birch Ave
Cameron, WI 54822
715-458-4300

Bonus: 3% rewards on every purchase.

BJ’s Raw Pet Food

The brand carries the following raw dog food rabbit variations:

Ground Whole Rabbit – 5 gallons (38 lb)

Contains bone, meat, and organs.

Also available in 10 lb for $100.30 and 2 lb for $20.29.

Whole Rabbit – 1

Contains one whole rabbit with fur for $24.66 or without fur for $28.51. Average weight is 3.5 lbs.

BJ’s Raw Pet Food FYI

They ship within the entire US, including Alaska and Hawaii. Discounts are offered on orders over $165.

BJ’s Raw Pet Food is located in Lancaster, PA on the East Coast, and they also offer local pickup.

Bravo Pet Foods

Bravo Basics Rabbit Diet – 2 lb

Contains rabbit meat, rabbit bone, rabbit liver, rabbit kidney, rabbit heart and rabbit lung.

Bravo Pet Foods FYI

Country of origin is France, but the meals are made in the US.

Available in physical pet retail stores only, some of which offer online ordering. Find the closest store to you here.

Stella & Chewy’s Pet Food

Absolutely Rabbit Frozen Raw Dinner Patties – 3 lb or 6 lb

Contains 90% rabbit and bone + organic:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Probiotics
  • Antioxidants

Stella & Chewy’s Pet Food FYI

Available in physical pet retail stores only. Find the closest store to you here.

Viva Raw Pets

Rabbit For Dogs – 2 lb

This raw dog food rabbit meal is ready to feed as is, and consists of 90% rabbit, 8% fruits & veggies, 2% supplements:

Rabbit with Ground Bone, Lung, Liver, Kidney, Organic Carrots, Organic Cranberries, Organic Broccoli, Organic Green Beans, Organic Flaxseed Oil, Organic Ginger, Organic Icelandic Kelp, Cod Liver Oil Powder, Organic Wheatgrass, Natural Vitamin E, Organic Shiitake Mushrooms, Green Mussels

Pure Rabbit For Dogs – 2lb

This option only consists of cuts of rabbit, without any other additions:

Rabbit with Ground Bone, Lung, Liver, Kidney

Viva Raw Pets FYI

Viva Raw Pets is available in select pet stores as well as online. They ship nationwide in the US with free shipping for orders over $250.

They’re located in Central NC.

Look For (Rabbit) Raw Dog Food On Ebay

Tip: It can pay off to look for raw dog food (rabbit) on eBay.

I once got an amazing deal there for 30 lb of rabbit grinds.

Shipping was an additional $35, so all in all I paid $165.36 for 30 lb of rabbit grinds.

That translates into $5.50 per lb, which is a great deal for rabbit meat.

The order arrived in ten 3 lb pouches. I loved how flat they were because that made storing them in the freezer a piece of cake. The best part is that Wally LOVED the rabbit.

Unfortunately, I was only able to place a few more orders before the farm went out of business.

bulk order of 30 lb of rabbit for raw dog food
Raw rabbit find on eBay

You Can Also Find Raw Rabbit At Select Grocery Stores

If you’re lucky, you can also find whole raw rabbits or cuts of rabbit at grocery stores.

I recently found an amazing deal on 3 whole skinned and gutted rabbits at a grocery store in Germany. They were on sale for €18, which is about $19.50 currently (in 2024).

Since I got 7 lbs of whole rabbit, that translated into a price of about $2.80/lb.

What a great deal, and I suggest you frequently check out as many grocery stores as you can to find great meat deals such as this one!

Cutting up whole rabbits for raw dog food meal prep

How You Can Feed Rabbit Raw Dog Food

My pup Wally’s used to eating the raw dog food I make myself which typically consists of larger cuts of meat mixed together.

Homemade raw dog food with chunked rabbit
Homemade raw dog food with chunked rabbit

As of the video conversation I had with veterinarians Dr. Tom Lonsdale and Dr. James Clarke-Williams in late 2023, Wally also gets whole raw rabbits once a month!

Feist mix Wally eats a dressed WHOLE raw rabbit

Additionally, he also eats pre-made ground raw dog food from commercial brands when I run out of my own or when I can find a good deal on it.

Side note: Wally has his own 7 cu ft chest freezer so that I can buy in bulk and stock up on meat sales when I find them. That’s how I keep my overall cost of raw feeding low.

Wally’s Favorite Way of Eating Rabbit in His Raw Dog Food

I will say that Wally surprised me as far as eating rabbit is concerned.

He’ll usually eat anything that makes it into his bowl come dinnertime, but every now and then he doesn’t seem to care too much for rabbit texture.

For example, he wouldn’t eat the ground rabbit I ordered from Raw Feeding Miami by itself. But he did devour it when I mixed something else in with it.

However, he did gobble up the rabbit grinds I had him taste test from the farm I found on eBay without needing to mix anything else in with it.

Overall, I’ve tried a few different options, and the following are all hits with Wally!

Easy Raw Dog Food Recipes With Rabbit

The four variations below all make 10 lbs of raw dog food rabbit which translates into 160 oz (there’s 16 oz in 1 lb).

That said, you can feed your dog about 3oz daily for every 10lb of dog weight.

I included a table below the recipe that shows how long the rabbit food will last dogs dependent on their respective weight:

How long it lasts in days
10 lb dog 3 oz/day: 53 days
20 lb dog 6 oz/day: 26 days
30 lb dog 9 oz/day: 18 days
40 lb dog 12 oz/day: 13 days
50 lb dog 15 oz/day: 10.5 days
60 lb dog 18 oz/day: 9 days
70 lb dog 21 oz/day: 7.5 days
80 lb dog 24 oz/day: 6.5 days
90 lb dog 27 oz/day: 6 days
100 lb dog 30 oz/day: 5 days
Table that shows how long the raw dog food recipe will last your respective dog

You can either use premade, pure rabbit grinds or buy a whole rabbit and then grind it yourself with a meat grinder.

Raw dog food rabbit mixed with different types of plant matter

Freeze Dried Rabbit for Dogs

You can also get your hands on freeze-dried rabbit for dogs.

That’s a great alternative to fresh raw rabbit when you’re on the road with your pups.

Of course you can also use it for training purposes or when you’re in-between fresh raw meals.

For example, from Raw Paws Pet Food.

Raw Paws Pet Food Freeze-Dried Rabbit

The ingredients are:

  • Ground whole rabbit
  • Rabbit liver, heart & lung
  • Herring oil
  • Mixed tocopherols
  • Vitamin E supplement

Use my affiliate discount code K9Savings for 15% off.

Another option are Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried Raw Dinner Patties in Absolutely Rabbit.

The ingredients are:

Rabbit With Ground Bone, Olive Oil, Pumpkin Seed, Potassium Chloride, Organic Cranberries, Organic Spinach, Organic Broccoli, Organic Beets, Sodium Phosphate Monobasic, Organic Carrots, Organic Squash, Organic Apples, Organic Blueberries, Choline Chloride, Dried Pediococcus Acidilactici Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product, Taurine, Tocopherols (Preservative), Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement

Or Grandma Lucy’s Freeze-Dried Rabbit Recipe

The ingredients are:

USDA Rabbit, Chickpeas, Flax, Carrots, Celery, Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Papaya, Spinach, Garlic, Rosemary, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Niacin, Iron, Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Potassium, Manganese, Chloride, Copper, Magnesium, Pyridoxine, Cyanocobalamin

Grandma Lucy's Freeze-Dried Rabbit Dog Food

Rabbit For Raw Dog Food: Final Thoughts

Like I pointed out, there are several good options when it comes to sourcing rabbit for raw dog food. Y

ou usually get the best bang for your buck when you can buy cuts or grinds of rabbit in bulk.

See about finding a farm who specializes in raising rabbits for raw pet food near you.

That way, you’ll be able to score bulk ground rabbit at the best price since you won’t have to pay for shipping.

Of course you’ll need freezer space to store it.

If you’re in-between rabbit orders, your best bet is to head to a pet retail store that sells commercial frozen rabbit food to bridge the gap.

You should be able to find Bravo’s or Stella & Chewy’s frozen rabbit in a store not too far away from you.

If you’re looking for a non-raw alternative to use while traveling with your pup, for training purposes or when you’re in-between fresh raw meals, consider giving freeze-dried rabbit a try.

Happy raw rabbit sourcing and feeding!

Do you have any comments or questions? Or know of another great source for raw rabbit? Please leave your feedback in the comment section below this blog post!

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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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2 responses to “Rabbit for Raw Dog Food”

  1. Sheri Stachowski Avatar
    Sheri Stachowski

    Hi Barbara,
    I live in Germany and feed my Golden Retriever a raw diet. Your website has been so helpful! I would love to know where you found the whole rabbits here and any other sources you have for raw foods at great prices. Thanks!

    1. Barbara Rivers Avatar

      Hi Sheri, good to hear from you again! Thank you so much. I found the whole rabbits at a Marktkauf near me in the greater Stuttgart region (Böblingen):

      https://www.marktkauf-suedwest.de/maerkte/marktkauf-boeblingen/

      Looks like they also have some in the Hamburg area:

      https://www.marktkauf.de/filialfinder

      I’ve also seen pig trotters and rabbit hindquarters. I first became aware of the rabbit hindquarters in one of those direct mail advertisements. By the time I got there though ( a couple days later), they were all sold out, so I recommend you go the same day you get one of those mailers if you see something you’re interested in.

      I remember asking myself and the bf “Why are all of these rabbit hindquarters sold out already?! Who buys these cuts of meat – other raw feeders??”

      Either way, this is the first grocery story I’ve seen carry those odd cuts of meat. And the day I found the whole rabbits I just happened to be at the store to get something else entirely, but took the time to walk all of the frozen product aisles.

      Other than getting lucky in the meat department, you could ask different grocery stores for the day of the week when they usually mark down the cuts of meat that are nearing their “best by” dates.

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