Resourcing RAW

Knowing where to look for your RAW foods is probably the most difficult part of RAW feeding. Once you have that down, it becomes a simple part of your household chores.

Many families order their food by the case and pre-package meals one month or one week at a time.

· Here in North Idaho, I order many proteins through the butcher counter at my local grocery store (Super 1). These include:

Chicken: leg quarters, legs, breast, backs, necks, feet, hearts (I do not use chicken livers)

Beef: Kidney, liver, sweet breads (thymus gland)

Pork: tails, cushion meat, liver, kidney, sweet breads, feet, brains

Turkey: wings, necks, feet, gizzards

Fish: whole mackerel, smelt

· You may have access to Asian or Mexican Markets in your area where you can get organs, feet, heads, etc.

· Wild Game butcher or Small, local butcher shops.

Here we have a small butcher shop that caters to farmers and hunters. They do not sell meat to the public, but we can go into their scrap freezer and take anything we want for free. Some of the things I have been able to get are:

Lamb bones with scraps attached

Organs from various animals

Large beef bones that I use for making bone broth and recreational chewing.

· Ranchers. When we lived in Mariposa, we had rancher friends that would call us if they had cattle that they couldn’t take to auction. We gave them a small monetary amount and we would butcher it ourselves or send it to a butcher. We have raised our own hogs as well and love using that meat for ourselves and the dogs.

· Local ads and local social media groups

Put out an announcement about taking peoples freezer clean out, ranchers’ scraps, etc. You’ll be surprised at what you might get!

Think out of the box! Take a chance, ask where you might not otherwise. Feeding your BB is in art and can be tailored to whatever you can get your hands on.

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Feeding 2-5 month Olds

10 oz. meals

Guidelines: Remember that balance over time is the best method of feeding. Your BB needs a variety in protein sources but it’s not necessary to give that variety all in one day. Think of the variety over a one week period. Purchase for that week and take an hour of your weekend to prep the meals for that week. Once you get the hang of it and the pup goes to two meals a day, you can prep for a month at a time for ease.

Week 1 you might use beef and chicken, with fish 2 days of the week; Week 2 you might use chicken and pork. You can switch out the chicken for turkey anytime.

Bone sources for the young pup will mostly be Chicken thighs, legs, feet. Duck feet work well too. As the pup matures they will handle larger bone such as pork, lamb, goat ribs, pork feet, chicken leg quarters, small turkey necks, ect.

Wild Game: freeze for 3 weeks before using, but this is a great resource that’s typically free.

I no longer give fish oil, but use whole fish instead. Fish oils can go rancid. I add phytoplankton for Omega 3's a few times a week. 1/4 tsp. for adults.

I still use Joint Health Chewables for all of my dogs!

Sample Menu

5 Days of the week:

Breakfast: Chicken leg, chicken hearts, liver

Lunch: Ground beef, Egg w/shell

Dinner: Chicken thigh or leg, choice of excreting organ

2 Days of the week.

Breakfast: Chicken leg, hearts

Lunch: Beef or Pork, Egg w/shell

Dinner: Whole fish such as sardines, mackerel or smelt, can use any ground meat to fill up the ounces.

Print the chart below and take into your local butcher to see what they can order for you!

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Picture taken 6 days before his 9th birthday

Picture taken 6 days before his 9th birthday

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Small Butchers

Sourcing RAW

One of the best resources for RAW that you can find is 'small' butchers. These are butchers that process wild game and farmers livestock. They have many different animals that they process and therefore a variety of bones and scraps available. We visit our local small butcher weekly, going through their waste which is kept in a freezer room until taken to the landfill. Last week we scored on about 50 lbs of organs, meaty scraps and bones. I tend to look for the small animal bones for consumption....lamb, goat, hog, deer...….while using the larger animal bones for bone broth and recreational chewing. This is a huge boost to our RAW feeding budget!