|When you feed your pet a raw food diet, they will require less food than if you were to feed them a kibble/grain based diet. There are a few factors that will affect the recommended amount to feed your pet, such as age, activity level, and weight goals. Here at Steve’s Real Food we use the body weight percentage rule, which estimates feeding amounts based on the weight of your pet.
For example; if you have a 50-pound adult Australian Shepherd, then you would want to feed them 2.5% of their body weight, which is 1.25 lb (daily).
50lbs x 2.5% = 1.25 lbs
Body Weight Percentage Recommendation: We suggest that you feed your pet the following percentages based on their activity and weight goals.
Feeding guidelines should be used as a starting point. You know your pet better than we do, and you can adjust from this model as you feel best.
The feeding chart is a rough guideline for an active adult dog. Every four-legged friend will metabolize food at a different rate based on activity level, bread and age are just a few factors that affect nutrient requirements for your pet. If your dog is thin or hungry, feed more often and in greater quantity. If your pet is overweight or obese, feed less.
The cost shown here is based on a 10lb bag cost of $35.59. To reduce the cost of feeding a super premium diet, you can mix in a quality kibble. We recommend using an all-natural grain free kibble.
*Using a measuring cup to feed will not yield the same amount each time since the space between each nugget is not the same. The most accurate method of feeding is to measure using a kitchen scale; however, you do not need to be exact to ensure the dog is getting the nutrition it needs. On average 1 cup of Steve’s equals 4.1oz. Getting a little more or less will not hurt the dog.
**Nuggets vary in weight from 0.15oz to 0.2oz. This is why the recommended amounts of nuggets vary.
You want to transition your pet to raw food slowly to prevent stomachaches and loose stools. Start by mixing 1 part Steve’s with 4 parts of the food you are currently feeding. Slowly increase the amount of Steve’s reducing their previous food over the course of 1 to 2 weeks. Monitor their temperament and stools to ensure they are transitioning well. More transitioning tips are on our “Starting on Raw Food” page.
Steve’s Real Food uses only 100% natural, human quality ingredients, free of the chemicals, hormones, and pesticides used in other brands and human food to ensure a consistent look. You may find that natural colors, smells and textures may vary as abnormal weather and seasonal changes can affect fruit and vegetable harvests.
Our frozen foods should be kept in the freezer until you’re ready to feed your pet. For cats and smaller dogs, we suggest that at each meal, you simply pour the number of nuggets you will feed for the next meal into a separate bowl and defrost in the refrigerator. It is best to feed in a stainless steal bowl and wash between each meal, or serve on a paper plate that can be thrown away when they are done.
For large and multiple-dog families, you can defrost the entire bag in the refrigerator. The food stays wholesome for about four days in the refrigerator.
You can feed your dog the food frozen. Many dogs like it frozen because they get to chew it a bit more. It is a meat Popsicle treat for them!
Keep the freeze-dried products in a cool, dry location until opening. After opening, refrigerate or freeze.
The Benefit of The Smaller Sized Nugget
Steve’s Real Food created the nuggets so that you can pour and serve, making Steve’s the most convenient to feed raw food on the market. And not only is it great for you – it’s great for your pet. Not only do pets enjoy the meat-popsicle style of treat, having to chew the frozen nuggets cleans the pet’s teeth, can slow down fast eaters to minimizes risk of choking, and reduces the risk of environmental contamination thawed food can be exposed to. It simply can’t be beat!
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