Frequently Asked Questions
Is Big Dog Pet Foods raw dog food safe?
Yes, all of Big Dog raw and fresh dog food is completely safe for your pet. The only precautions you should take are the same ones that apply to raw meat you would buy for yourself: keep the products refrigerated and wash your hands carefully after handling food. For pets that have experienced intolerances before, we recommend trying our single meat protein diet (SMPD) raw dog food.
What is BARF dog food?
BARF is an acronym that stands for “biologically appropriate raw food" or “bones and raw food”. As these names indicate, not all raw dog food is BARF dog food. The principle of the BARF diet is to feed your pet the diet their ancestors ate — meat, fruit and greens that are fresh, raw and uncooked, in the appropriate balance.
Is raw food safe for cats?
Yes, raw food is safe for cats when handled and prepared properly. It’s essential to choose a reputable brand that follows strict quality control measures and uses human-grade ingredients to minimise the risk of bacterial contamination, like Big Dog Pet Foods.
How do I transition my cat to a raw food diet?
Transitioning your cat to a raw food diet should be done gradually. Start by mixing a small amount of raw cat food with your feline's current diet and slowly increase the proportion of raw food over a few weeks. Consulting with your veterinarian is also recommended, as they can provide guidance in ensuring a smooth transition.
How do I safely introduce my pet to Big Dog Pet Foods raw dog food?
Whether your dog was already on a raw diet or is transitioning from a dry one, we recommend you introduce our Big Dog raw food slowly over 2 weeks. By doing so, you are minimising the risk their stomach will get upset by the change and are giving their digestive system a chance to adapt.
The following is an indication of the best practice:
- Day 1-3 — 20% new 80% old
- Day 4-6 — 40% new 60% old
- Day 7-9 — 60% new 40% old
- Day 10-12 — 80% new 20% old
- Day 12+ — 100% new diet
Is it okay to mix kibble with Big Dog Pet Foods raw dog food?
Yes, you can mix our Big Dog raw products with kibble. While we believe that feeding your four-legged friend our fresh dog food is better for their health, combining fresh and dry food (called co-feeding) might be your preferred solution. Having kibble on hand can be a good backup plan in case you run out of our BARF raw dog food and want to speed up feeding if you are pressed for time. Just remember to adjust the feeding portions accordingly and not give the total recommended daily amount of both products.