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How much food do I need?

As a general rule, feed 2-3% of your pet's body weight, per day.  (If you feed twice, divide total amount into 2 meals.) This is only a recommendation and varies based on age, activity level and other conditions.  Puppies, Kittens, Pregnant and New Momís need a bit more.
How do I transition kibble to raw?

Some say switch cold turkey others recommend slowly transitioning to raw.  Dogs will eventually eat but cats should not go without food. If you have a picky cat give us a call for some creative ideas to get them converted to a raw diet. 
What else do I need?

Probiotic: This is a new food to your pets system and a little help might be greatly appreciated.

Cod or Salmon Oil: These two oils are important keys to brain development and function. One of these oils will help with overall skin condition and create a shiny coat.
What should I expect in the beginning?

Raw food looks, smells, and tastes different than kibble. It may take a bit for your pet to realize this wholesome dinner is actually theirs to enjoy. Be patient and within a few days your dog will begin to truly enjoy the tasty new meals.

Some dogs experience a loose stool in the beginning while the liver is ridding the body of toxins. Within a few days the stools will be noticeable smaller and turn white within a few hours.
My dog's allergies and skin looks worse; what do I do?

When switching your dog or cat to a raw diet within a few days the body starts a detoxification process.  Sometimes the liver is maxed out so toxins are eliminated through the skin, the largest organ.  The body must heal from the inside out.  In severe cases this may take upwards of 6 months.  However, you should see noticeable improvement within a few months.
I thought dogs should never have chicken bones, as they can splinter and cause lots of problems?

Dogs should never eat cooked bones. The mere process of "cooking" dehydrates the bone and causes them to become brittle with the possibility of splintering.  Raw chicken backs and necks, on the other hand are soft cartilage and a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin for your pets.
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