Raw Feeding 101: Frequently Asked Questions

Is raw feeding safe?

Yes! Raw feeding is 100% safe for dogs. Unlike what most people think, it is safe and healthy for dogs to eat raw meat. Plus, we can assure you that our products are premium, raw, and biologically appropriate for your pet dogs. 

What are the benefits? 

Raw feeding for dogs has tons of benefits. Generally, dogs eating raw food can be presumed to have a healthier state and longer life. For more benefits of a raw dog food diet, click here.

What makes Atlas Raw different? 

Products from other brands contain a considerable amount of fillers that pass through your dog without even being digested. Unlike other brands, our products have simple, raw ingredients - no additives or preservatives, no fillers, and no unnecessary ingredients. We source these human-grade ingredients from Ontario farms that care about how they grow their meat. 

Aren’t raw bones dangerous for my dog? 

Raw bones are entirely safe for dogs to eat, but cooked bones are different. It is important to note that feeding your dog with cooked bones may cause severe harm and damage to the gut because bones become fragile, brittle, and sharp when cooked.  

If you’re still a little anxious about feeding your dog with raw bones, then you can monitor your dog when it’s eating to ensure no problems happen.

Can dogs get worms from eating raw food?

This is a common misconception about raw feeding. Raw feeding does not give worms to dogs since worms come from the environment and not from raw food. Thus, the chance of your dog getting worms and parasites (like tapeworms, whipworms, and pinworms) on a walk while checking out other dogs’ pit-stops are much higher. 

How much should I feed my dog?

The amount of food you’ll need for raw feeding your dog varies depending on its needs, age, metabolism, and activities. Generally, the ideal for most raw dog food diets is 0.5 pound for every 25 pounds of dog per day. 

With Atlas Raw you have one less thing to worry about. No need to think about the amount of food your dog needs daily. Tell us the age and weight of your pet, and we’ll figure out how much to feed it with our easy to serve RAW dog food recipes with human-grade ingredients.

Should I be worried about bacteria?

Good question! Dogs have a robust digestive system that can process raw food and handle pathogenic microorganisms. Their saliva contains an enzyme called lysozyme that destroys harmful bacteria.  With a short digestive tract, the food and pathogens our dogs consume push through the system quickly, thus not allowing bacteria enough time to colonize. An extremely acidic environment in their gut also helps in keeping any pathogenic bacteria away from their system. 

So, unless your dog has an immunocompromised system or some underlying health problem,  the simple answer here is NO. 

Now, if you’re worried about contracting salmonella, the key is to wash your hand thoroughly after raw feeding your dog. Our digestive system is not as strong as our dogs. Thus it’s better to be cautious. 

Do I need to cook the recipes before serving?

No! Our RAW dog food recipes are meant to be served uncooked to maximize the benefits of a raw dog food diet. Cooking them would not only make the bones brittle and sharp, but the process would also destroy the necessary enzymes that your dog needs for proper food digestion.  

Are supplements necessary with raw food?

The raw food diet generally provides pretty much what your dog needs. If you’re looking into giving your pet supplemental vitamins or minerals, you can first try to feed it with food containing that specific vitamins or minerals rather than immediately relying on artificial supplements. Instead try our RAW food Additives for all natural food enhancements.

Some pet owners add probiotics to their dog’s raw food diet to help restore good bacteria into the system and subsequently improve immunity. 

What food safety techniques should I follow?  

Preparing your dog’s food does not require any additional, out-of-ordinary food safety practices. Do it just like how you usually would to make sure that you and your pets are all safe. Wash your hands with soap and water, clean any juice spills, wash your pet’s bowl thoroughly before and after each meal, and avoid cross-contamination between surfaces of raw and cooked meats. 

How should I transition my dog to raw food?

Transitioning your dog from a commercial dog food diet to a raw food diet needs careful preparation. A slow transition method is ideal, which can be done gradually over 7 to 10 days. However, some dogs can fully transition shorter or longer than that. More information about proper switching to a raw food diet for dogs can be found here.

What can I expect during the transition period?

Dogs that have been on a kibble or commercial dog food diet for so long will have to go through a so-called transition period once you switch them to raw feeding. During this time, your dog may experience watery or mucus-like diarrhea for a few days or so since its digestive system is flushing away all the accumulated toxins from consuming commercial dog food products. Don’t worry, that is perfectly normal. 

During the initial days of raw feeding, your dog may also have episodes of vomiting or regurgitating food, excessive shedding, itchy skin, or runny eyes, though it varies per dog.

My dog is pooping less with smaller stools, is that normal?

Yes, and that’s a good thing! Dogs eating raw food have smaller and less smelly stool because their bodies utilize and digest raw food faster and better, hence less waste. With the raw food diet, dogs are healthier, and their digestion is much better. 

My dog is drinking less water. Should I be worried? 

No need to worry. The raw food diet contains all the moisture that your dog needs to digest raw food. Remember, when dogs don’t drink a lot of water from their water dish, it means that they get a sufficient amount from their diet. 

Is raw feeding good for pregnant dogs? How about puppies?

Pregnant dogs need a well-balanced and healthy diet to achieve optimum health. They also require more food. With the raw food diet, you can be sure that your pregnant pet dog gets the right amount of food and nutrients it needs to be healthy and at its best state. 

Just like with adult dogs, puppies eating raw food helps generally have better overall health. Thus, there’s no reason why raw food is not best for them. 

My dog has allergies. Should I still go with raw feeding?

Of course! Unless your dog has a food-related allergy, then I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t. If you think that your dog’s allergies are caused by something in the diet, the process of elimination can help you identify it. Basically, feed your dog with only one ingredient, then gradually add the other ingredients back one at a time, and observe if any of these ingredients would initiate a reaction.

One benefit of raw feeding is an improved immune system. When dogs are eating raw food, their immune system is better equipped in fighting off the allergies when they occur.