When you feed your pet a raw food diet, they will require less food then 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. We use the body weight percentage rule, which states that the amount you feed your pet each day (in lbs) is a percentage of their body weight.
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.
The feeding chart is a rough guideline for an active adult dog. Every four-legged friend will metabolize food at a different rate. Activity level, bread and age are just a few factors that affect nutrient requirements for your pet. Feeding guidelines should be used as a starting point. 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. Find out more about the cost to feed raw dog food.
*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 and 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 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 searve 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 sense they get to chew it a bit more.
Keep the freeze-dried products in a cool, dry location until opening. After opening, refrigerate or freeze.
The Benefit of The Smaller Sized Nugget
Many pet owners report back to us that because our frozen nuggets are smaller then other brands, their dogs are able to eat it before is is fully defrosted. Steve’s Real Food created the nuggets so that you can pour and serve. Most dogs like the to eat the product frozen because it has a bit of a crunch and allows them to chew it. Therefore if the food does not have a chance to fully defrost you are less susceptible to contamination.