Raw Dog Food FAQs
What's in RAW WILD raw dog food?
RAW WILD Raw Dog Food is 99.4% wild elk and deer. The meat/bone ratio is 85-87%/12-15%. There are no organs since they are left in the field when the hunter field dresses the animal. We elected to not add organ meat from domestically raised animals since we feel that would possibly contaminate our completely wild food with organs (particularly the liver) that concentrate mycotoxins, pesticides and other contaminants from food fed to domestically raised animals. In addition, we elected not to adulterate our product with organs that are processed in a commercial slaughterhouse because of the likelihood of bacterial contamination. Below are a list of the ingredients in the premix.
RAW WILD Raw Dog Food Premix Ingredients
Minerals- calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, iodine.
Vitamins- Vitamins A,D,E, B12, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, Biotin, Folic Acid, Choline.
The ratios in this proprietary premix have been calculated by an industry leading expert with over 30 years’ experience in formulating pet foods.
How many pounds of raw dog food does my dog need?
The short answer is 3% of your dog's body weight per day.*
100lb dog = 3 pounds of raw dog food per day
50lb dog = 1.5 pounds of raw dog food per day
25 lb dog = .75 pounds of raw dog food per day
*If you have any questions we recommend consulting your veterinarian.
If you are not 100% satisfied with RAW WILD Raw Dog Food, let us know within 7 days of receipt, and we will give you the choice of the following:
Refund your payment in full or Replace your order with a brand new shipment. Please note that this 100% Satisfaction Guarantee only applies to orders where you choose UPS Next Day Air or UPS 2nd Day Air as the shipping method. We do not offer the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on orders when FedEx Ground is the selected shipping method. RAW WILD Premium Raw Dog Food must ship in 3 days or less to meet our high standard of quality and freshness so we do not offer UPS Ground east of Colorado.
How should RAW WILD Raw Dog Food be handled?
Raw meat from wild game elk and deer is what RAW WILD Raw Dog Food is made of. As when handling any raw meat of any kind, always wash your hands, surfaces and utensils with hot soapy water.
How should I store RAW WILD Raw Dog Food?
Upon delivery, please immediately transfer its contents to your freezer. Keep RAW WILD Raw Dog Food packages frozen, while remembering to allow enough time to thaw before feeding. Thaw the sealed packages in the refrigerator. Refrigerate thawed, opened and/or leftover RAW WILD Raw Dog Food in an airtight container.
How should I thaw RAW WILD Raw Dog Food packages?
To thaw, place unopened package(s) of RAW WILD Raw Dog Food on a plate in your refrigerator to capture any moisture as it defrosts. Remember to allow enough time for them to thaw before feeding. Some owners find it more convenient to thaw two or three days’ worth of food at a time.
If I want to return my RAW WILD Raw Dog Food order, won’t it be very expensive for me to ship it back to you?
Please, under no circumstances do we ever want you to ship RAW WILD Raw Dog Food back to us. If you are not 100% satisfied with RAW WILD Raw Dog Food, let us know within 7 days of receipt, and we will give you the choice of the following: refund your payment in full, or replace your order with a brand new shipment. Please note that this 100% Satisfaction Guarantee only applies to orders where you choose UPS Next Day Air or UPS 2nd Day Air as the shipping method. We do not offer the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on orders when FedEx Ground is the selected shipping method. RAW WILD Premium Raw Dog Food must ship in 3 days or less to meet our high standard of quality and freshness so we do not offer UPS Ground east of Colorado.
My dog is a finicky eater. Can I return my RAW WILD Raw Dog Food shipment to you for a refund if he doesn’t like it?
At RAW WILD Raw Dog Food, we have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee*. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason, let us know within 7 days of receipt, and we will refund your order in full, or replace the order in full — your choice! We are very confident in the quality of RAW WILD Raw Dog Food. *It is important to note that this 100% Satisfaction Guarantee applied only to orders which are shipped by UPS Next Day Air or UPS 2nd Day Air. Buyers have the option of selecting the shipping service during checkout. The 100% Satisfaction Guarantee does not apply to orders shipped UPS Ground. RAW WILD Premium Raw Dog Food must ship in 3 days or less to meet our high standard of quality and freshness so we do not offer UPS Ground east of Colorado.
Is RAW WILD Raw Dog Food as good as the raw meat I buy in the grocery store for my family?
In terms healthy raw diets for dogs, RAW WILD Raw Dog Food is better than any grocery store meat due to the fact that it is absolutely the purest raw meat protein available. Because it is made from animals in the wild not ranched or farmed animals. You literally can’t buy as pure a meat in the supermarket for human consumption. No matter where you’re dining — with RAW WILD Raw Dog Food your dog is always eating better than you are! The purity of the RAW WILD Raw Dog Food ingredients support overall health. Just like with humans, dogs are what they eat.
When will my next box arrive?
You pick the frequency that RAW WILD Raw Dog Food ships when you place your order. You can always adjust the frequency yourself by logging into your account. You will receive email reminders of your upcoming recurring order 3-days prior to shipment. You will get a shipment confirmation email with your FedEx tracking number when your order leaves our facility. Orders ship Mondays through Thursdays only; we will adjust shipping dates slightly based on your chosen shipping method so that orders arrive on weekdays only with no orders held over the weekend for delivery the following week. You can always refer to your account for more detailed information.
Should I cook RAW WILD Raw Dog Food?
RAW WILD Raw Dog Food is a raw meat diet designed to be eaten raw. The meals are delivered uncooked and we do not recommend cooking them, but they may be heated up or cooked “rare” in special circumstances in order to minimize nutrient loss.
How much RAW WILD Raw Dog Food should I feed my dog per day?
An easy rule of thumb with this raw food diet for dogs in determining the correct amount to feed your adult dog is 3% of its body weight daily. Puppies, seniors and lactating dogs may require different amounts. Nursing or pregnant dogs may require as much as 3 times more. Other factors like activity levels, breed, environment and state of health may affect the appropriate feeding amounts. We always recommend that you discuss your dog’s specific situation with your veterinarian. We suggest you start with the 3% amount, and adjust based on how your dog reacts to that amount of food. Feed your dog on its regular schedule. Consult your veterinarian, if necessary, for the best feeding schedule for your dog.
What’s the best way to open a RAW WILD Raw Dog Food package?
To serve, we suggest the easiest way to open a RAW WILD Raw Dog Food package is to place a thawed package label side down on a cutting board. Slice in halves or quarters with a sharp knife.
How should I transition my dog onto a RAW WILD Raw Dog Food diet?
We recommend you first try going “cold turkey” and feed your dog 1/2 its daily amount of RAW WILD Raw Dog Food two times per day. Most dogs will love their new food immediately. If, after trying for 1-2 days, your dog resists the new food, transition your dog onto a raw meat diet by starting with a small amount of RAW WILD Raw Dog Food mixed with its current food. Gradually increase the amount of RAW WILD Raw Dog Food over the course of a week to 10 days until you are only feeding RAW WILD Raw Dog Food.
What is RAW WILD Raw Dog Food’s texture? Is it a fine grind, or a large grind?
RAW WILD Raw Dog Food is certainly not as fine as the others we have looked at. Because our product is made in a facility that prepares game meat for human consumption, our pet food is prepared in the same machines that make burger, and has the same consistency as burger.
Are the nutritional supplements added to the elk and deer meat made in USA? Are they natural or synthetic?
When it comes to the natural and synthetic premix of nutritional supplements added to RAW WILD’s wild elk and deer meat, we were adamant that they all be made in the USA, and that not a single ingredient come from China. We subsequently learned that because of FDA rules, Vitamins A, D and E are simply not manufactured in the USA at all, and most manufacturers get them from China. That wasn’t going to work for us, so we said, “Where else can we get them besides China, no matter what the cost.” We found the solution in Switzerland, where we were able to source these three ingredients at a high quality and a high price. Thus RAW WILD is Made in USA using American-made ingredients, except for these three vitamins from Switzerland which account for 0.013% of total volume.
Why is it important to have the AAFCO approved statement? Is this a requirement for retail products?
We wanted to differentiate Raw Wild from the crowd and make certain that it would in fact be a complete diet and not a supplement like many of the others. AAFCO, whether or not we like it, is the only organization charged by law with the regulation of the sale and distribution of pet foods and is the only source of defining what is required for a complete and balanced diet. You will note that many others go on and on about the “wholesome ingredients” etc etc but never come right out and say it is a complete diet. Our packaging experts have indicated that is necessary to refer to the AAFCO standards if we are going to assert that it is a complete and balanced diet for all ages…
Why does RAW WILD Raw Dog Food cost more than some other raw dog foods?
We at RAW WILD are passionate about highest quality and freshness, and every package of RAW WILD Raw Dog Food is hand-packed and hand-inspected. We offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee*, so that if any buyer is not completely satisfied with RAW WILD Raw Dog Food and they let us know within 7 days of receipt, we will refund or replace with no questions asked. (*This Guarantee applies to shipments made via FedEx Priority Overnight and 2nd Day Air Service only. If a buyer chooses FedEx Ground service during check-out, we cannot vouch for quality upon delivery, so the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee does not apply.)
But the real key to RAW WILD is that it is a precious rarity in very limited supply. Raw Wild doesn’t come from domestically raised elk, which bring up all the same issues as other domestically raised animals, like antibiotics, hormones, pesticides from the food they are fed, overcrowding like in feedlots and being killed and processed in a commercial slaughterhouse. The animals that Raw Wild comes from are absolutely wild animals that eat a completely natural diet and are harvested by hunters in the wild.
We have also spent considerable time and resources developing, formulating and testing the proprietary blend of supplements in in Raw Wild, working with a 30-year industry veteran to ensure that the final product meets or exceeds all set governmental standards, and also the entire manufacturing process which allows us to offer this product to consumers.
Our blend of supplements is more expensive than many, however, because ours does not come from China or in bulk. It is custom blended and the ingredients are all AMERICAN in origin, with the exception of three ingredient (Vitamins A, D and E) that we source from Switzerland.
My puppy is 8 weeks old. When is a good time to start him on a raw diet and how much should I feed him?
Eight weeks is a good age to begin raw feeding.We suggest going “Cold Turkey” with RAW WILD Raw Dog Food only, and feeding the puppy 3 times a day until it is around 6 months, and then drop to 2 times/day. We suggest feeding a puppy 2-3% of what the dog will weigh eventually, or 10% of its current weight. Of course you should monitor the weight/fatness and adjust accordingly.
How much does RAW WILD Raw Dog Food cost?
RAW WILD Raw Dog Food is $10 a pound, and can be ordered for shipment in three sizes:
- “Wild 12” is 12 individual 1-pound packages for $120.
- “Wild 24” is 24 individual 1-pound packages for $240.
- “Wild 48” is 48 individual 1-pound packages for $480.
Shipping is additional.
Sales tax is added for all orders shipping to the state of Utah.
Do I need to add vitamin or mineral supplements to RAW WILD Raw Dog Food?
No, RAW WILD Raw Dog Food is a complete and balanced diet for all life stages, per AAFCO standards. Added vitamin and mineral supplements are not required unless specifically recommended by your veterinarian.
If a raw protein diet is so good for dogs, why have we traditionally fed them kibble and dog biscuits?
It all started in a very unlikely way. Sea biscuits, or hard tack, were the basic food stuffs of sailors for centuries. Made of a simple mixture of flour, water, and salt, baked, and then left to dry-out and harden, these sea biscuits were easily stored and had an extremely long shelf life.
In the 1850s, an electrician named James Spratt left Cincinnati and sailed to London to sell lightning rods. Upon docking in London, the crew threw the leftover sea biscuits overboard onto the dock, where the local dogs waited to devour them. Seeing this, Spratt thought, “Why not make cheap, easy-to-store, easy-to-serve biscuits to sell to city dwellers with dogs?’” In 1860, Spratt’s “Patent Meal Fibrine Dog Cakes” came on the market and the pet food industry was born. More than 150 years later, cereal is the basic dog diet. It’s easy for the dog owner, but very hard on a dog’s digestive system.
Does RAW WILD thaw during shipping?
No, it shouldn’t thaw in the normal overnight or 2-day shipping process. We ship RAW WILD thoroughly frozen, packed in a cardboard box, which is then put into another insulated cardboard box. We email tracking information to all customers so they can track each shipment, and make certain there is someone available at the shipping address to receive the shipment and promptly place it in the freezer.
What should I do if the RAW WILD food has thawed during shipping?
If the food has thawed slightly because it wasn’t promptly taken from the boxes and put into a freezer, you can simply refreeze it and use as directed. If the entire package has completely thawed because it has not been refrigerated for many hours or days after delivery, it should be disposed of. It is the buyer’s responsibility to receive the package and promptly transfer RAW WILD to a freezer.
Are there any “wild diseases” that I need to worry about?
The short answer is ‘no’.
Where can I buy RAW WILD?
You can only buy it on this website. It is too rare, and we are too concerned about maintaining quality to allow anyone else to sell it.
Do you include organ meat in RAW WILD raw dog food?
No! RAW WILD Raw Dog Food is made from wild game animals, harvested in the Rocky Mountain West. When these wild animals are harvested, the organs and innards are quickly removed in the field by the hunter to prevent spoilage of the rest of the animal.
Is RAW WILD human grade meat?
All of the elk and deer meat used in our RAW WILD Raw Dog Food comes from a game processing facility that processes wild elk and deer for human consumption. The same rigorous standards that are used to process and package elk and deer for human consumption are continued in the processing of RAW WILD Raw Dog Food. However, our manufacturing facility is not required to be USDA inspected and therefore, RAW WILD Raw Dog Food cannot be classified as being human grade, and is not intended for human consumption.
Where does RAW WILD come from?
RAW WILD is wild game elk and deer, living truly free-range in the Rocky Mountain region of the western United States, until taken by licensed bow and rifle hunters seeking meat for their own freezers. What could be healthier? RAW WILD is processed and packaged in Salt Lake City, Utah.
What makes RAW WILD different from all the other raw dog food companies?
Setting aside the obvious advantage of RAW WILD being the exact same food that dogs have eaten for millions of years, the main advantage for many people is what you are NOT feeding your dog with RAW WILD. RAW WILD has no raw chicken, beef, sheep, etc., parts, which are the cast-offs from a rendering plant that processes commercially raised animals filled with growth hormones and antibiotics to address the horrible conditions in which they are raised.
We have made a conscious decision not to add the organs of any domestically raised animals to RAW WILD for several reasons:
(1) RAW WILD has been analyzed and formulated to be a complete and balanced dog food without the need to add organ meat;
(2) Domestic animals are treated with a variety of hormones and antibiotics which can concentrate in the organs and potentially affect any animals that may eat those organs;
(3) The organs of domestically raised animals can be exposed to dangerous levels of E.coli and salmonella in the slaughtering process; and
(4) Pesticides and other agricultural contaminants can be concentrated in the organ meat of domestically raised animals and affect the health of animals that may eat those organs.