The benefits of raw feeding are becoming more well-known, but incorporating raw dog food can still seem like a daunting task for the uninitiated. Which is why I’m so excited to work with Instinct® Raw to help bring the benefits of raw to even more pets!
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I began my raw feeding journey about two years ago by trying to incorporate at least 10% raw food into my dogs’ diet. I began to see improvements in their dental health after only a month. While exclusively raw feeding is certainly ideal, it’s not feasible for everyone’s life or budget. That’s why I’ve always recommended people do as much as they can. Just supplementing their normal diet with raw dog food can improve your dog’s digestion, skin, coat and teeth.
Instinct Raw Bites are a great option for the first-time raw feeder because they’re widely available at pet specialty stores and super convenient. I was able to find Instinct Raw Bites at my local PetSmart. Not every location has freezers yet but they are adding more all the time. I really like seeing raw dog food gaining ground in more mainstream stores and even the cashier asked me about raw feeding when I checked out.
I decided to test out the chicken and tuna formula first. You don’t have to worry about thawing Raw Bites ahead of time because they thaw quickly on the counter in about 10 minutes. Plus, you can measure and scoop them just like kibble. I know from experience that the more convenient a raw dog food product is, the more likely I am to stick with it instead of being lazy and just chucking kibble in the bowl.
The first night I gave the dogs a dinner of just Raw Bites as a special treat. In this picture they’re not completely thawed but both dogs were going crazy begging for me to put their bowls down. They liked this one so much they were willing to eat it partially frozen!
How I typically serve it is mixed half and half with kibble. You can do whatever proportion you like, I just replace an equal amount of kibble with Raw Bites. Supplementing with raw dog food is great for picky eaters like Molly who will gobble down a bowl of previously untouched food if I mix in a scoop of Raw Bites.
Instinct Raw Bites come in 8 different proteins (many single-source) including novel proteins like rabbit and venison. They contain 95% meat, organ and bone with 5% fruits and vegetables and absolutely no grains which makes it high quality and nutrient dense. That’s probably the best part of raw feeding to me – dogs think of it as a treat but it’s also optimum nutrition.
You guys know how passionate I am about good nutrition for dogs so as always feel free to contact me with any questions you have about Instinct Raw Bites or raw feeding in general. You can also follow Instinct on Facebook for great tips. Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for a $3 off coupon as it can even be used on a $3.99 trial size bag of Instinct Raw Bites!