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1. HOW MUCH DO I FEED MY DOG?
The general feeding guideline for raw fooding is anywhere from 2% to 3.5% of the dogs' total body weight per day, depending on the dog's activity level and size. But do not worry, you do not have to do any complicated calculations, we do all the math for you with our simple calculator on the Quick Order Page. With this calculator you will be able to see how much your dog needs to eat per day/per week/two weeks/month. We recommend feeding your pooch twice a day and paying attention to how the dogs is doing with this healthy clean food. It is up to you if you would like to feed a little more to get to the desired weight or a little less if you feel like your pup is gaining weight. Do not worry about this being an exact science, follow the recommended calculated amount to start with and you will soon get into the right feeding groove with your pup. DO keep in mind that this food is extremely clean, packed with nutrition and without any additives so it may seem as if you are feeding smaller amounts then your dog is used to! That is ok! Trust us, they are getting what they need from this food to help their bodies thrive. Let the drooling begin..🥩
2. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR RECIPE?
Our recipe is based on the BARF model of feeding pets. BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods and is a standard recommended way of feeding a species-appropriate diet to your pets. We also added amazing super foods and healing herbs to the recipe to make this a complete food with only naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
3. HOW LONG DOES THE FOOD LAST?
Laika Raw formulas are prepared fresh, vacuum sealed, and frozen. In the frozen state the food can keep up to a year, however after thawing the food out for feeding, we recommend keeping in the refrigerator for up to three to five days at the most.
4. WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR INGREDIENTS FROM?
We are currently sourcing all of our products from USA-based companies. The meat/bone/organ grinds come from a wonderful company Bone- In- Food that works directly with local, sustainable, family-operated small farms in the state of NJ and all of our herbs are from small batch organic herbal specialists. We pride ourselves on using human-grade meats from only pastured animals. NON of the rendered meats and meat 'meal' that you often find in kibble. We want to feed our beloved pets only the very best foods mother nature has to offer.
5. ARE ALL YOUR INGREDIENTS ORGANIC?
All of our superfoods (like kelp and herbs) are 100% organic. The meats are all from grass fed/pastured animals raised on rotating crops on small family operated farms and fed without any antibiotics ever!
6. HOW DO I TRANSITION MY DOG FROM ANOTHER DIET?
There are different ways of transitioning your pet to eating a clean raw food, but we are personally fans of the "cold turkey" approach. Once you have received your first Laika Raw order, we recommend that you start by skipping a dinner meal for your pet before starting on the new diet (i.e. your pet should have a regular breakfast meal of the old food, and then not have anything to eat until the following morning, which will be their first pouch of Laika Raw!). This includes any and all edible treats. The reason we recommend doing this is so that the digestive tract may rid itself of the old food and digest it out, while at the same time working up a strong appetite to increase the chances of your dog liking a brand new type of food. It is important to remember that processed foods and raw foods are digested differently in the dogs' gut so ideally they should not be served together/be combined in order to avoid potential upset stomach. Also, as a new customer you will be receiving our Beginner Formula for the first week of raw feeding. The Beginner Formula is designed to have a higher bone content than the regular formulas, which leads to harder stool, so that the possibility of diarrhea during the transition is minimal.
If your dog turns out to be a bit of a picky eater and doesn't seem to want to switch to the super healthy raw food (could be hooked on the added flavorings often found in the traditional dry pet food brands) you can try a different type of a transition. Making the switch the slow way will take at least 10 days to 2 weeks. This will give both their digestive system and their pallet time to adjust to the new healthy food. Just follow the steps below with patience and you shall have a healthier-minded pup in no time :)
Step 1: Choose the Turkey or Chicken Beginner Formula (stick with the same protein for whole time of the transition)
Step 2 (Day 1-3): Serve 25% RAW mixed with 75% current food
Step 3 (Day 4-6): Serve 50% RAW mixed with 50% current food
Step 4 (Day 7-9): Serve 75% RAW mixed with 25% current food
Step 5 (Day 10 and after): Serve 100% RAW
Every dog is different, and it is important that you use your best judgment and lots of patience during the transition. Keep in mind that your dog may be reluctant to eat refrigerated products and that may be because of an aversion to the temperature change. Eating dry crunchies (kibble) is very different from eating raw chilled meat as you can imagine. We would recommend adding some hot water to the thawed out food to release some aromas and tweak the temperature. We also recommend trying things like adding a drizzle of olive oil or coconut oil to entice the pup to start eating.
If at any point you may have any other questions about transitioning, please don't hesitate to email us directly and we will be happy to help you through it!
7. HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER RAW FOOD BRANDS?
The raw feeding community is on the rise and there are more and more options out there to feed your pets the food they were meant to eat by nature, and this makes us very happy! We are a small, family business and we are personally involved in every step of the production of this food. You could say that Laika Raw is Homemade🙏🏽 We feel that our passion for learning also sets us apart: we are constantly learning more about nutrition and trying to better our products when possible. We love working with organic, seasonal healing herbs that provide medicinal benefits to y/our pets and are currently developing an herbal apothecary/healthy treats side of the business . We are also very proud to say that we source our meats from local sustainable farms where the animals are always grass fed and pasture raised and treated humanely. We cannot wait to share Laika Raw with you and your pooches!
8. DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS FOR BULK ORDERS OR SUBSCRIPTIONS?
We truly believe the Food as Medicine philosophy and strongly encourage our customers to try our product so they can see the results for themselves in as soon as two weeks of feeding. For this reason we do encourage subscriptions to the product delivery and do offer discounts for bulk orders (if you have room in your freezer :)). Send us an email for more info!
9. ISN'T COOKED FOOD BETTER FOR DOGS THAN RAW FOOD?
There are numerous ways of nourishing our pets these days and we believe that every person has to make an educated decision for oneself. As a society we spend a lot of time and money on our own nutrition, and more and more people are paying attention to the ingredients of the foods they put into their bodies, so why no do the same for our pets?! It is a scientific fact that dogs’ digestive systems are built to process raw foods (after all, that is what the dogs and their ancestors have been eating for a long time). It is our belief and philosophy that food should be clean, unprocessed and balanced. Cooking meats diminishes their nutritional value/potency, so we advocate for raw feeding. There are plenty of really good clean "homemade" cooked pet foods out there on the market, and a few are really good quality, but we still believe that feeding raw food is the most optimal option. Please see our Why Raw page for more info!
10. HOW LONG DO I NEED TO FEED MY DOGS THIS DIET BEFORE NOTICING DIFFERENCES IN THEIR BEHAVIOR/APPEARANCE?
When feeding your pup Laika Raw, you may see results in your pet in as soon as 10 days to 2 weeks. Often times the dog will go through a detoxing process after being on raw food for a while (this is how the body gets rid of all the toxins that have been consumed through the processed foods). Once you switch to feeding raw, you’ll start to see increased levels of energy, decreased levels of anxious behaviors, shinier/thicker coat and much more!
11. WHAT RESULTS SHOULD I EXPECT FROM FEEDING MY DOGS THIS DIET?
The most common benefits are: a stronger immune system, allergy relief, shinier coat, minimized doggie odor, healthier joints, etc. For a full list of benefits please refer to our Why Raw page.
12. I SWITCHED TO RAW FOOD AND MY DOG HAS DIARRHEA - WHAT DO I DO?
Do not be alarmed, this is a common and natural possible side effect of transitioning to a different food. We suggest feeding your dog our beginner formula for the first week, or until the stool is hardened and becomes more normal. If your dog has diarrhea for more than a few of days, please consult your vet. Sometimes a short fast or just feeding a very bland diet for a day or two will help stabilize the digestive system. Our go to is usually plain chicken wings/thighs (raw), we hand feed them to our dogs (gloves are optional :), and this helps to normalize their stool. The higher bone content in the chicken wings/thighs help harden the stool right away. There are many great informative articles on battling diarrhea in general on Dogsnaturallymagazine.com !
13. MY DOG'S POOPS LOOK WHITE AND CRUNCHY/DRY - WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
This is usually a sign that there is too much bone in the diet (too much calcium), so if this occurs during your dog’s transition, do not be alarmed! Simply stop feeding your dog the beginner formula and move onto one of the regular Rotating Laika Raw formulas.
14. ARE THERE ANY WEBSITES YOU WOULD RECOMMEND FOR FURTHER READING, LEARNING ABOUT RAW FEEDING?
Absolutely! There is more and more information out there every day as more pet owners are realizing the importance of feeding their pets a biologically-appropriate diet. Here are a few links that we like to keep up with to keep expanding our knowledge on the subject of feeding raw and the general wellbeing of our dogs, the natural way!