Frequently Asked Questions

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About Big Dog raw food

Can I cook your food?

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No. Big Dog food is based on an evolutionary diet so all of the products in our range contain crushed bone as a source of important vitamins and minerals. Because of this, our food cannot be cooked.

Not only does cooking reduce the nutritional value of the fresh healthy ingredients, cooking bone results in it becoming brittle, potentially splintering and should not be digested by your dog in this state.

How do I transition my pet to your raw food?

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We always recommend slowly introducing raw diets over 2 weeks. The reason for this is to minimise any potential for stomach upsets which can happen if a change in diet is sudden. Some pets will have no issues with a quick changeover in diet, however to be sure, we do recommend slowly introducing the new food.

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

My pet isn't eating your food. What can I do?

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Occasionally, pets may struggle with change and transitioning to a new, unfamiliar food. This is especially the case when transitioning from processed diets. Imagine going from eating processed fast foods all your life then being presented a meal with fresh, unprocessed, uncooked ingredients… it may take a bit of getting used to in the beginning. However, we do have a list of suggestions to help the process.

• Transition slowly according to our transition guide to make sure your pet is gradually getting used to their new diet.

• Mix in some of your pet’s favourite treats or favourite foods to help encourage them to eat their new diet. Sardines and/or raw egg are common and popular suggestions.

• Feed your pet their new food in a new area to reduce associations with and expectations of their old diet and make the new diet a bit of a novelty for them.

• Make new food look familiar to their old food. This may mean rolling the patty into small balls or add some chunks of cooked meat, depending on what your pet is used to.

• Ensure bowl size suits your pet. Some cats do not like their whiskers touching the sides of the bowl for example.

• Offer the food in small amounts or maybe on a spoon and slowly transition away from this as they start getting used to the food.

• Gently warm the raw food, ensuring not to cook. Do this by putting the sealed patty in a sink of hot water for 5-10 minutes to bring it up to room temperature and increase its appeal.

Generally, the least popular method is usually the quickest and most effective but also the most difficult for us as pet parents. This method is to offer the food for no longer than 10-15 mins and if not consumed, put in the fridge to try again for the next meal. This tough love method usually gets results within a day but is not to be continued for longer than 2 days. It is rare, but some pets just don’t like some food despite how much you may want them to eat it. Ultimately, it’s more important to have a pet eating something over nothing.

What makes up a Big Dog diet?

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Big Dog healthy raw food diets are based on evolutionary dietary principles of cats and dogs (also referred to as BARF – Bones and Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). Our diets consist of 80% muscle meat and offal, 10% crushed real bone, 5% fresh vegetables and fruit and 5% other healthy ingredients.

Read our article to learn more about the super-foods we add to benefit your pets – “Clean eating and super-foods for dogs”

Do your products contain preservatives?

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Absolutely not, at Big Dog, when we say 100% natural we mean 100% natural. This means no added preservatives, no modern preservation methods like irradiation which impact the nutritional quality of the food nor do we add any synthetic additives such as vitamins and minerals, colours or flavours.

Our preservation method for our food is freezing and once our product has been thawed ready to serve to your pet, it will last up to 3 days when kept in the fridge.

Whilst our food may last longer than 3 days, be sure to keep an eye out for signs of deterioration of the product like ballooning of the packaging. If this occurs, do not serve your pet and dispose of the product.

How long does a patty last? How long can I store it for?

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Our patties are safe to use for two years after their packaged date as long as they have been correctly stored and frozen for the whole duration. After thawing the patty, we recommend they be kept in a sealed, airtight container and used within 2 - 3 days. Discard any thawed product that no longer looks or smells fresh. If you have a small dog and find our patties are too big for you to get through in time, check out our Big Dog for Small Dogs product and our Bites range.

Are your products made with human-grade ingredients?

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Yes. All Big Dog diets are made with only 100% human-grade, fresh Australian ingredients. Nothing but the best for our furry family members.

Can I buy direct from you?

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Big Dog products are only available for purchase through select pet specialty stores. To find a store near you visit our Where to Buy Page.

Why is there garlic in your food?

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Garlic in appropriate amounts is perfectly fine for dogs. Like many things, garlic in large amounts can certainly lead to toxicity, but the amounts we add to our food are well below levels that can cause issues and is very safe and beneficial.

When it comes to the controversy regarding garlic, this is because it belongs to the Allium family and it contains a substance called thiosulphate, the ingestion of which has been known to be harmful to dogs. The key though, is in the quantity required to do any harm. In fact, there have been studies that show that a 34 kg Labrador would need to eat five full heads of garlic or about 75 cloves of garlic in each meal before there would be any adverse effect on the red blood cells. Similarly, a dog weighing a mere 4.5kg would need to eat 25 grams of garlic – about half an entire head of garlic, or about 6 to 8 garlic cloves in every meal to experience any adverse effects.

Dogs Naturally Magazine has an interesting article on this topic for further reading here.

For more information on garlic and the other super-foods we include in our diets – visit, “Clean eating and super-foods for dogs”.

Do you have an online ordering option available?

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Big Dog products are currently not available to purchase online directly from us. Some of our stockists may offer this service and you can find your closest store here.

Do you comply with the Australian pet food manufacturing code?

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Yes. Our sourcing, manufacturing and quality assurance systems all meet the Australian standards for the manufacturing of pet food. We are independently audited multiple times per year by our retail partners, state based manufacturing association (Safe Foods QLD) and the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia as part of our membership. To learn more about our commitment to quality, visit our Q & A with our Quality Manager, here.

About raw food diets

Can my dog get sick eating raw meat?

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Nature always intended dogs to eat raw, hence their bodies are biologically adept to process a raw food diet, along with the naturally occurring bacteria. The highly acidic pH of their stomach and accompanying short digestive tract assists passing of pathogens, without any health concerns. However, to be safe please ensure proper storage and handling methods are followed to avoid development of harmful bacteria. For more information, visit – Bacteria And Raw Food.

What is a raw food diet?

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Raw food diets by definition are diets comprised of nothing but raw food. These can take many forms and the most popular of these is a BARF diet. BARF stands for biologically appropriate raw food or bones and raw food. This dietary model is based on the evolutionary diet animals would have eaten in the wild. Evolutionary raw diets are made up of fresh raw meat, offal, crushed meaty bones, vegetables, fruits and other healthy ingredients.

For more information on a Raw food diet for dogs – visit, “Evolution for dogs and a species appropriate diet”

Raw food diets are different for dogs and cats as they have different and unique dietary requirements.

Big Dog has a range of raw food diets in our range for dogs. You can view them all here.

Core Range – this is a flavour based raw food diet comprising of many different protein types. Using different protein sources allows for a wide variety of amino acids and is the range that best mimics an evolutionary diet where animals would have consumed varied types of prey.

Single Protein Allergy Range – this range is for pets with allergies to certain proteins including beef or chicken and each product is made only from one protein source.

Scientific Range – these products are for pets with specific health requirements and contain specific proteins and additional ingredients for pets with health issues.

Small Dog – smaller portion sizes and finer mincing for smaller digestive systems make this product perfect for puppies and small dogs.

Our Cat range has been specifically designed for cats with higher protein levels and taurine, an essential amino acid for cats. You can view these recipes here.

All Big Dog raw diets are 100% natural, no synthetic vitamins and minerals, artificial chemicals, colours, flavours or preservatives are present. All Big Dog diets are raw and uncooked to best preserve the quality and nutritional value of the proteins.

For more information on our dog range, see our products for dogs here.

For more information on our cat range, see our products for cats here.

Can I mix kibble and raw together?

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Yes! You absolutely can. In fact, if your dog was on a kibble diet beforehand, mixing kibble and raw is how we recommend they transition over 10 - 12 days. This helps to ensure they have time to get used to the introduction of raw food into their diet. If you wanted to read more about transitioning your pet, read this.

We believe that any inclusion of raw food into your pets diet will benefit them however, if you’d prefer to feed a mixture of diets on an on-going basis, also known as co-feeding, ensure to adjust the feeding portions to reflect this.

For example if you choose to split your pet’s diet into 50% of a Big Dog diet and 50% of another diet, we advise to only feed half the recommended feeding portion for each diet.

For dogs and cats that have more sensitive stomachs, their diet can still consist of a raw diet and a kibble diet however if you notice any issues it could be advised to feed these two diets at different time, for example feed raw in the morning and their other diet at night, or vice-versa.

What is the difference between raw food diets for dogs and cats?

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Cats are obligate carnivores, Big Dog Raw Food Diets for Cats are formulated to be higher in meat and lower in plant material. Big Dog Cat Food is also higher in amino acids that are essential for cats, meaning they need these solely from their diet.
Arginine and taurine are the key essential amino acids to ensure are in cat food in appropriate amounts. Because cats don’t produce these amino acids the way dogs do; which is why they need higher levels in their diets. Big Dog Raw Diets for Cats are formulated with ample arginine and taurine for healthy growth and development in cats.

I’ve recently transitioned my dog to a raw food diet and I've noticed my dog drinks less water. Is this because of the food?

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Because Big Dog food is made using 100% natural raw ingredients our food is naturally high in moisture, approximately 70%. In comparison, dry pet food has only around 10% moisture content. If your dog or cat has recently transitioned to a raw diet, they will have increased their water intake significantly, simply via food alone. This is one of many reasons raw food is great for kidney health. It is normal for pets on a raw diet to drink less water and if they are healthy, energetic and have normal toileting habits, then it is not a cause for concern. However, if they seem unwell, or if you notice unusual toileting behaviour (such as passing urine more often, or in inappropriate places), get them checked by your vet.

Cats in particular benefit from having more moisture in their diet. They do not have a high thirst drive, and struggle to drink enough water on a dry diet to keep them adequately hydrated.

Specific health inquiries

Is your food suitable/beneficial for pets with pancreatitis?

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Veterinarians and Canine Nutritionists recommend high quality, low fat diets for pets with pancreatitis.

The low fat recipes in the Big Dog range include our our Wellbeing diet at 6% fat and our Kangaroo Single Protein diet at 4% fat.

It is important to work with your Vet or Canine Nutritional Professional for the management of conditions such as pancreatitis.

We have a number of successful cases in assisting with the dietary management of Pancreatitis with our food and feel free to get in touch with us to assist further.

A link which may be helpful is included below:

Feeding dogs with pancreatitis

Is your food suitable/beneficial for arthritis/joint conditions

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Yes, Big Dog raw food diets are very beneficial for pets with Arthritis. Our diets exclude poor quality ingredients such as processed wheat products, rancid fats, salt and any other inflammatory arthritis aggravating ingredients. What our diets do include is healthy, high quality nutrition from natural sources. All of our raw food diets contain crushed cartilage and bone which contain the building blocks for maintaining healthy joints.

Fresh bone and cartilage are packed with calcium and other vital minerals, such as glucosamine, chondroitin and collagen as well as anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids which promote cellular health, decrease inflammation and help with healthy ageing.

Our most suitable diets would be our Sensitive Skin diet and our Wellbeing diet. Our Sensitive Skin diet is our highest omega-3 containing product loaded with fresh Tasmanian Salmon. This diet helps improve joint health through its anti-inflammatory properties which are boosted by the herb turmeric which is also used in this recipe. Our Wellbeing diet is great for joint issues that are driven by weight. Being a lower fat diet, it naturally assists in reaching and maintaining a healthy weight which will decrease additional pressure on the joints. Both our Sensitive Skin and Wellbeing diets contain cold-pressed coconut oil, shown to have many health benefits for our pets, including weight control, anti-inflammatory properties, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

Is your food suitable/beneficial for pets with kidney issues?

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The way in which raw diets work to support the kidneys is quite different to the conventional approach feeding processed pet food diets.

Raw food diets are high in protein. High protein diets are not how processed veterinary diets manage kidney issues. However, the protein in raw food diets is extremely high quality. It’s also rich in moisture as raw, natural ingredients haven’t had the naturally-occurring moisture levels cooked out of them.

One of the biggest challenges in managing kidney health in pets is getting them to drink more water to help support kidney function. Dogs and cats don’t drink more water simply because we tell them it’s good for them, so providing a natural diet rich in moisture provides them with extra water as part of their meal,assisting in kidney health.  

The diet in our range most suited for dogs with kidney issues would be our Wellbeing recipe. This is because this diet also contains herbs which help support kidney function. Herbs such as alfalfa and nettle are mild diuretics.

If you’re interested in a natural approach to manage kidney health in your pet, we recommend contacting a Holistic Veterinarian or Canine nutritionist to manage your dog’s current kidney issues and how best to approach this from a dietary perspective.  

We have a number of successful cases in assisting with the dietary management of kidney issues with our food so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here to assist further.

Additional reading on this topic can be found below:

Dogs and Kidney Failure

Natural Remedies for Renal Failure

Canine Diets for Renal Failure

What would you recommend for a dog with sensitive skin / irritated skin?

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Dogs who have an itch or irritated skin most commonly are reacting to something in their environment however, certain foods can be allergens in some dogs.  

If you find your pup has an issue with something in their environment we recommend narrowing down the options to find the culprit and removing it. This can include things such as plants, yard sprays, diffusers or even deodorants.

As well as working towards identifying and eliminating allergens from your pets environment,introducing our Sensitive Skin recipe can help assist with the dietary management of allergies. This recipe helps to promote a healthy skin, soft and shiny coat and a stronger immune system through its inclusion of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, cold-pressed coconut oil and activated chia seeds,

For dogs who may have an itch due to a dietary intolerance we recommend getting in touch with a holistic veterinarian or canine nutritionist to discuss an elimination diet. When dogs are suspected to have an allergy to something in their diet, they’re often switched over to a novel protein diet. We have 3 novel, single protein diets currently in our range; our Kangaroo, Goat and Turkey recipes.

My dog needs to lose weight, what's the best food for them?

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We have two options for dogs requiring a low-fat diet to assist with weight loss. They are our Kangaroo recipe which sits at 4% fat and Wellbeing recipe which contains 6%fat. These two diets are our lowest-fat options and provide everything your dog needs, nutritionally, without the extra calories.  

To get the best results it’s important to also consider your dog’s daily physical exercise and treats in their diet.

For some helpful information to assess whether your dog is healthy feel free to check out this article here.

Is your food suitable/beneficial for pets with diabetes or at risk of diabetes?

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Yes, Big Dog healthy raw food diets are very beneficial for pets with Type 2 Diabetes. Pets with, or at risk of Diabetes require a high quality diet that is complete and balanced. Big Dog is moisture-rich, balanced, species appropriate nutrition consisting of high quality protein, healthy fats and low-starch (sugar / carbohydrate) veggies.

It is vital to control a diabetic dog’s sugar levels by feeding consistent meals, with the same amount of calories and ingredients at fixed times each day. Our Big Dog range makes feeding your diabetic dog easy, with our calorie levels readily available and ingredients of each flavour labelled clearly on our boxes. Not only do our patties come in ready to eat, conveniently proportioned packaging, they are also made from the highest quality natural, raw ingredients and are a complete diet.

If your dog needs to lose some weight, Big Dog Wellbeing and Kangaroo recipes are lowest in fat and great choices for helping control weight.

Some helpful links to explore further include:

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2016/10/08/diabetes-in-pets.aspx

https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/diabetes-in-dogs/

https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/dog-diabetes-the-unknown-link-to-diet/

My dog is pregnant, what should I feed her and how much?

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All of our diets are suitable for pregnant bitches, except Kanga and Wellbeing due to their low fat content. During the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, food requirements generally do not change, although it is recommended to increase the frequency of feeding with a minimum of twice a day. In the third trimester, we recommend not limiting her food intake, allowing her to consume as much as she wants. It is also important to ensure raw meaty bones are added to optimise calcium intake.

Additionally, our Muscle Up supplement has been formulated to provide your pet with high levels of essential proteins. Proteins provide the building blocks for muscle growth, repair and recovery. Feeding Muscle Up may assist whelping bitches in ensuring they receive adequate levels of protein and are properly sustaining, developing and holding the condition of their muscle during and after pregnancy.

I think my dog is constipated, what can I do?

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Our Wellbeing and Sensitive Skin Diet contains higher levels of dietary fibre, which naturally promotes a healthy intestine by adding bulk to their stool and helping the stool pass more quickly through the intestines. All our raw diets have a high moisture content to combat dehydration, which can be a common cause of constipation.

Our Big Dog Probiotic blend may also assist in improving intestinal function and combat constipation by introducing good flora (bacteria) to help draw water into the intestines and properly digest food. For more information visit – Probiotics and Health.

Adding dietary oils like coconut oil, flax oil, fish oil or hemp oil can help combat constipation.

You may want to consider our Front Runner oil – containing Cold-pressed Flaxseed Oil, Cold-pressed Rice Bran Oil, Fish Oil, Natural vitamin E and Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil. Learn more about Big Dog Front Runner – here.

Daily exercise and allowing access to plenty of fresh drinking water can also help to alleviate constipation

Dogs and puppies

Which product should I feed my dog?

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Big Dog has a product suitable for dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Our core range of diets are flavour based, mixed protein diets that provide all the macro and micronutrients your dog needs to be healthy and happy. These include protein, amino acids, healthy fats (including omega-3 fatty acids), moisture, antioxidants, probiotics, prebiotics, fibre, phytonutrients, active enzymes and essential vitamins and minerals. Mixed protein raw food diets, most closely represent an evolutionary diet. The predominant protein source in each of our core diet range represents the flavour of that product. Our core range consists of Beef, Chicken, Combo, Fish, Lamb and Rabbit.

Our single protein, allergy range is formulated for dogs with food intolerances to certain meats, most commonly being beef and chicken. As a single protein diet, our Kanga and Turkey diets contain only muscle meat, offal and bone of these species. Additionally, Kanga may also be suitable for overweight dogs, with a fat content of only 4%.

Our Scientific range has been formulated to address dogs with health conditions, assisting from the inside out. The Sensitive Skin diet contains an abundance of natural anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids designed to promote healthy skin, coat and a stronger immune system, as well as long term healing and reduction of potential future skin issues. Our Wellbeing Diet has been specifically formulated for overweight dogs and dogs with common chronic health conditions including arthritis, pancreatic issues, liver problems, renal conditions and some cancers. It is lower in fat with a mixture of traditional healing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and health-promoting herbs.

For more information on each product, see our products page for dogs.


Introducing our Kangaroo recipe to your dog

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Our Kangaroo raw diet is a great low-fat, single protein option in our range. Developed to be a single protein diet for dogs with sensitivities to other meat proteins as well as a low fat recipe for weight loss and dogs with medical conditions who require a lower fat diet.

Kangaroo is a very rich tasting meat so introducing it slowly to the diet for dogs that have not eaten kangaroo before, is important. We recommend to slowly introduce our kangaroo recipe over a 2 week period; slowly including it into the current diet and increasing the amount every few days or so.

The following transitioning guide is a great way to start:

Day 1-2: 25% Kangaroo 80% Old Recipe

Day 3-4: 50% Kangaroo 50% Old

Day 5-6: 75% Kangaroo 25% Old

Day 7+: 100% Kangaroo

Some dogs won’t need a slow transition to our Kanga diet and may do well in an immediate transition, especially if they have been eating our other recipes and are used to raw food diets. However, it’s best practice to go slow, just in case.

A sign that you may be transitioning too quickly with Kanga is regurgitation of the food.This is different to vomiting and happens soon after the food is consumed and does not persist. If this happens, go a little slower to let your dog’s digestive system adjust.

If your dog has been eating our Kanga recipe for some time and you’d like to introduce higher fat foods to their diet, also go gently here to avoid tummy upsets.Adding small portions of higher fat foods to your dog’s Kanga meals, like our Big Dog Bites in salmon or chicken, can help you introduce variety and or higher fat foods to your dog’s diet in a slow and gentle manner.  

How strictly do I need to adhere to your feeding guidelines for my dog?

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We recommend feeding adult dogs (12 months +) 2% of their body weight daily. We recommend puppies (generally 12 months and younger), pregnant and lactating dogs or working dogs 4% of their body weight daily. This is based on the nutritional content of our foods.

However, our feeding guidelines are a guide and your pets’ metabolism, breed, size, age and activity level may affect their overall nutritional requirements. Many people wish to replace a raw meal with an appropriate serve of meaty bones for dental health which is an important part of ensuring a healthy raw fed pet. Also taking into account treats as part of the daily energy from food being provided to your pet has an impact.

The important thing to focus on ultimately is that your pet is within a healthy weight range.

It is fine for younger animals (especially puppies) to have extra fat (aka puppy fat) sub 6 months of age. As they grow into adults, it’s more important to fine tune their diet to suit a healthy weight. A healthy weight can be measured in a number of simple physical ways. Ribs shouldn’t be prominent but should be able to be felt with a thin covering of fat over the top. There should be a visible abdominal tuck and when you look at your pet from above, they should have a visible waist. If the ribs can be seen, increase their daily food allowance, if they no longer have a waist and look like a log from above, decrease their daily food allowance until their waist returns.

Can I feed my puppy Big Dog?

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If your puppy was weaned onto a raw food diet, you can generally transition straight to a 100% Big Dog diet.

If your pup was weaned onto cooked or processed food (canned food, dry food or cooked rolls) then we recommend to transition more slowly.

A raw food diet is very different to a processed cooked diet and any sudden change of diet can create stomach upsets and gradually transitioning helps to minimise this.

Please follow these guidelines, whilst monitoring your puppy’s stools. You should begin to notice smaller, less smelly stools as you transition towards a 100% raw food diet. Loose stools are OK during the transitioning period, but do make sure there is no persistent, watery stools.

Day 1-3: 20% New Diet 80% Old Diet

Day 4-6: 40% New Diet 60% Old Diet

Day 7-9: 60% New Diet 40% Old Diet

Day 10-12: 80% New Diet 20% Old Diet

Day 12+: 100% New Diet

Additionally, we recommend the following amounts to be fed based on the weight of your puppy:

Puppy (3 – 12 months or until fully grown): 4% dog’s body weight

Adult (12 months or when fully grown): 2% dog’s body weight

Keep in mind that feeding guides are general and optimal feeding amounts may vary with age, size, breed, and activity level. Increase or decrease the calories your pup consumes daily to ensure a healthy weight is maintained.

If your puppy has no known allergies or health conditions, then you can start them on any flavour from our core range (Beef, Chicken, Combo, Fish, Lamb and Rabbit). Most people choose chicken as it is highly palatable, especially when starting off on raw food for the first time.

Alternatively, our Small Dog Combo diet may be most suitable, especially for smaller pups. Our small dog recipe is minced more finely and is portioned into smaller patties which can help reduce wastage in the transition phase or in smaller breeds.

If your puppy does have allergies or skin conditions, we recommend either our Single Protein Allergy Diet – Turkey or our Scientific Diet – Sensitive Skin. We do not recommend our Kanga or Wellbeing diets due to their low fat content. Fat is important in a growing pups diet.

For more information on each product, see our products page for dogs.

Do you have a breeders’ program available?

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We do not have a breeders program due to the expense involved in direct supply of a frozen product. For cost effective feeding options, we have our Combo recipe available in 2kg rolls which can be purchased for retail sale by any Big Dog stockist. Speak to your local store for more information or get in touch with our team at info@bigdogpetfoods.com to help.

Can I feed my dog extra bones?

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Raw, uncooked bones are a great inclusion into your dog’s diet as they provide a natural source of calcium and glucosamine-chondroitin which help strengthen bones and joints.

Our recipes already contain 10% crushed bone and cartilage,however whole bones are also great for dental health as they’re known as natures toothbrush. If you were looking to add whole bones to your dog’s diet ensure that you adjust their overall intake as both our recipes and a bone could cause too much calcium and result in white stools.

We recommend to feed a raw meaty bone in replacement of a similar sized portion of your dog’s food. Ensure to feed bones suitable for teeth cleaning such as chicken, turkey or beef bones and stay away from weight-bearing bones that may have the potential to cause harm. Get in touch with us if you were having trouble choosing the right bone-size for your pup and remember, feeding bones should always be a supervised activity.  

Are low fat diets suitable for puppies?

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We generally don’t recommend our Kangaroo and Wellbeing diets as suitable for puppies who need a higher fat diet to fuel them as they grow. In instances where a puppy has a suspected allergy and a low allergen protein, like Kangaroo is suitable, extra fat will need to be added to the diet to bump up these levels for puppies.  

Kittens and cats

How much taurine is in your cat food?

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Taurine is an essential amino acid in cats and must be obtained in adequate amounts in the diet to prevent deficiency.

According to the Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats by the National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Committee on Animal Nutrition, Subcommittee on Dog and Cat Nutrition, the daily dietary taurine requirements for cats for growth and health maintenance is 320mg/kg of food per day and we easily meet these needs.

Big Dog Raw Diets for Cats are formulated with the following levels of Taurine per kg of food and easily meet these requirements.

Rabbit – 381.7 mg/kg

Kangaroo – 411 mg/kg

Turkey – 440.5 mg/kg

The only time you may wish to supplement with additional Taurine would be during gestation and lactation where requirements increase to 450mg of Taurine per kg or food. Feeding a few chicken hearts additionally per day is a great natural way to achieve this.

What is the difference between raw food diets for dogs and cats?

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Cats are obligate carnivores, Big Dog Raw Food Diets for Cats are formulated to be higher in meat and lower in plant material. Big Dog Cat Food is also higher in amino acids that are essential for cats, meaning they need these solely from their diet. Arginine and taurine are the key essential amino acids to ensure are in cat food in appropriate amounts. Because cats don’t produce these amino acids the way dogs do; which is why they need higher levels in their diets. Big Dog Raw Diets for Cats are formulated with ample arginine and taurine for healthy growth and development in cats.

How strictly do I need to adhere to your feeding guidelines?

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We recommend feeding adult cats 2-3% of their body weight daily (this is based on an average sized 4kg cat) and kittens 4-6%.

However, our feeding guidelines are a guide and your pets’ metabolism, breed, size, age and activity level may affect their overall nutritional requirements. Many people wish to replace a raw meal with an appropriate serve of meaty bones for dental health which is an important part of ensuring a healthy raw fed pet. Also taking into account treats as part of the daily energy from food being provided to your pet has an impact.

The important thing to focus on ultimately is that your pet is within a healthy weight range.

It is fine for younger animals (especially puppies) to have extra fat (aka puppy fat) sub 6 months of age. As they grow into adults, it’s more important to fine tune their diet to suit a healthy weight. A healthy weight can be measured in a number of simple physical ways. Ribs shouldn’t be prominent but should be able to be felt with a thin covering of fat over the top. There should be a visible abdominal tuck and when you look at your pet from above, they should have a visible waist. If the ribs can be seen, increase their daily food allowance, if they no longer have a waist and look like a log from above, decrease their daily food allowance until their waist returns.

Which product should I feed my cat?

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Our Big Dog for cat’s range consists of Kanga, Rabbit or Turkey flavour, mixed protein diets that provide all the macro and micronutrients your cat needs to be healthy and happy. These include protein, amino acids, taurine, healthy fats (including omega-3 fatty acids), moisture, antioxidants, probiotics, prebiotics, fibre, phytonutrients, active enzymes and essential vitamins and minerals. Mixed protein raw food diets, most closely represent an evolutionary diet and the predominant protein source in each product represents the flavour of that product.

For more information on each product, see our products page for cats.