FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you’ve got a query about raw feeding or Albion Meat Products raw dog food, we recommend you read through the questions below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch.
How do I start to feed my dog on a raw diet?
It is recommended to transition over a 7 day period. Divide your dogs daily ration into two portions, one raw and one their usual food. Feed each portion ideally 12 hours apart. From around day 8 you can feed 100% raw. Whilst some dogs can cope without this transition period we recommend this method as it gives the body time to adjust.
Are Albion products safe to feed and handle? What about bacteria?
The safety of our foods is top priority. We genuinely care about your pets and we work hard to ensure our raw pet foods face the most safety and bacteria protocols in the UK.
With our continued quality handling methods, DEFRA approved micro-biological testing, raw material traceability and outstanding in-house microbiological practices.
Good hygiene is paramount to good health for humans and this includes handling, storage and preparation of all foods but especially raw foods. We always recommend to thoroughly wash hands, feeding utensils and work surfaces following handling or preparation of raw materials.
How do I keep and defrost your frozen meat products?
We recommend defrosting our frozen products either in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for a couple of hours, as you would defrost any frozen meat for yourself. We don’t suggest using a microwave.
All defrosted meats need to be kept in a fridge and consumed within 24 hours.
Is it safe to feed dogs raw bones?
Only if they are raw.
Cooked bones are low moisture and can easily splinter or cause choking. Raw bones are softer, more flexible and very easily digested in the low pH of a dogs stomach acid provided they are already on a raw diet. Follow these guidelines to ensure your pet enjoys their delicious raw bones safely:
- Never cut or saw bones
- Avoid feeding bones with small children present
- Never leave a dog unattended with a bone
- Never feed cooked bones
- Always separate multi-dog households before feeding to prevent fights (raw meaty bones have a very high resource value and could cause a fight between even the very best of friends)
- Always feed bones appropriate a dog’s age, size, breed and experience.
- Do not feed bones from the butcher as their storage history is unknown and bacteria may be prevalent
- If storing between chewing sessions, rinse the bone under cold water and store in a plastic bag or container in the fridge
- Always dispose of any uneaten material 24 hours after defrosting
Can puppies be given a raw diet?
Unless there is a medical issue, a young animal’s digestive system will be able to cope with the diet.
Our puppy ranges are made with high quality portions of Chicken and Beef having a higher protein content to support growth. They’re also nutritionally complete and balanced, so nothing needs to be added to them.
It is safe to wean puppies from approximately 3-4 weeks of age onto our raw puppy completes, alongside their mother’s milk.
On your food calculator is the amount shown per day or per meal?
The amounts shown on our raw food calculator are the daily requirement.
When can I move my puppy onto an Adult diet?
Your puppy can have our puppy foods from our complete range up to 12 months of age, although this is not usually necessary. In most cases, you can try your puppy on our adult ranges from 20 weeks of age.
If your puppy is a giant breed dog (with an expected adult weight of 60 kilos plus), then it can be a good idea to keep them on our puppy varieties up to 7-10 months old.
Do all your products contain bone?
All of our minces, except the All Beef 454g mince block, Beef Freeflow, Tripe Freeflow, Tripe 454g mince block, Beef and Tripe mix 454g are created by mincing quality carcass with meat attached, so minced bone is a natural and integral part of many of our raw complete meals and just meat products.
Can raw food be fed to dogs with sensitive stomachs?
In general, yes.
In fact, based on our customer feedback, a raw food diet can help with a number of health issues, including:
- Allergies or food intolerances
- Some skin conditions
- Digestive issues such as sensitive stomachs & loose poos
- Anal gland issues
- Sore/stiff joints
As always, if you have any concerns at all that your pet is unwell, or you are unsure if raw is right for them, seek advice from your vet.
My dog is drinking less since moving onto a raw diet, should I be concerned?
Lots of owners who switch their pet to a raw food diet from dry dog food (kibble) notice immediately that their pet is drinking far less water than they used to. They become worried, but fear not, this is normal as your pet is now just getting some of their required hydration from their new diet.
Will changing to a raw diet affect my dogs motions?
Most of our customers find that feeding a raw diet results in firmer, less odorous and more solid, easier to pick up motions. The firmer motion may also improve anal gland problems, allowing them to express naturally.
Can you cook your raw foods?
We recommend feeding our raw complete and balanced meals, just meat products and raw bones and chews after they’ve been thoroughly defrosted – but not cooked.
The majority of our products thaw within the space of 2 hours at room temperature and can be fed immediately in their wholesome raw state.
We do not advise that you cook or microwave our products as we are advocates of a raw diet and are unable to guarantee the nutritional value of our complete meals when cooked.
All our products are designed to be safely fed raw.
How much is delivery and how often do you deliver?
All of our delivery charges are dependent on the amount of products ordered. Delivery schedules along with the charges are clearly set out on the web site giving scheduled delivery dates covering a 3 month period. Sometimes it is necessary to change these days at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances and or bank holidays. We do however endeavour to give as much notice to our customers as possible.
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