Q: How much should I feed my pet?
A: Petobee is produced in quarter-pound squares. We recommend feeding a quarter-pound (one square) for every ten to fifteen pounds your pet weighs, depending on their activity level, age, breed, etc. If you find your pet is gaining or losing weight (above or below their recommended weight level), then adjust accordingly.
Puppies require more calories for growth, so be sure to feed them more than their body weight indicates. Don’t worry, their appetite will help guide you. It is also advisable to feed your puppy two to three times per day.
Also, keep in mind that, because we do not add any fillers to Petobee products, your pet can eat less than they would eating other raws that add fillers such as blood, water, or excess fruits and vegetables to their blends.
Q: How soon after eating can my pet exercise?
A: Pets should not participate in any exercise one hour before, or after eating.
Q: How old should my puppy be before eating Petobee?
A: You can begin feeding Petobee to your puppy as soon as they are weaned, or at least five weeks old.
Q: Can I feed Petobee to my cat?
A: Presently, we do not have a cat-specific blend, however this is something we are developing for the future. We do have cats that are currently eating Petobee and thrive! Cats require more taurine in their diets than dogs, so if you do feed Petobee to your cat, we recommend supplementing with additional source of taurine such as:
- – Shellfish: An excellent source of taurine, with especially high levels in clams, scallops, krill and shrimp
- – Fish: Cold water fish, such as sardines or salmon are excellent, natural sources of taurine
- – Natural, high quality taurine supplements, suitable for cats
All meat contains taurine, therefore our products containing only meat, with no additional ingredients, contain the highest levels of taurine (our Beef & Chicken, Tripe & Chicken, or Plain Chicken).
Q: Can I cook Petobee?
A: There are several studies that demonstrate that feeding raw is more beneficial than cooked.
“In December 1995, the British Journal of Small Animal Practice published a paper contending that processed pet food suppresses the immune system and leads to liver, kidney, heart and other diseases. Dr. Kollath, of the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, headed the study done on animals. When young animals were fed cooked and processed foods they initially appeared to be healthy. However, as the animals reached adulthood, they began to age more quickly than normal and also developed chronic degenerative disease symptoms. A control group of animals raised on raw foods aged less quickly and were free of degenerative disease.”
There is also a book called, “Pottenger’s Cats: A Study in Nutrition” in which Dr. Francis M. Pottenger conducted a ten-year study with over 900 cats. He determined the optimal diet for his cats was 2/3 raw meat, 1/3 raw milk, plus a little cod liver oil. Here’s what is interesting: If either the meat or milk was cooked, the cats’ health degenerated.
Q: Should I feed Petobee thawed or frozen?
A: While some pet-owners who feed Petobee prefer to thaw their dog or cat’s meal out in the refrigerator overnight, feeding frozen provides benefits as well. Feeding frozen encourages your pet to slow down while eating, and helps work their teeth and gums, and even helps clean their teeth! If you do choose to thaw out the food, don’t microwave it as the heat will destroy nutrients in the food.
Q: Why is Petobee frozen?
A: In order to preserve the nutrients in our products, without adding preservatives, we freeze our products. Thousands of pets die each year from choking on their food. Larger dogs, especially, tend to gulp down their food, increasing this risk. Petobee is designed in a shape and size that is safe for your pet, whether thawed or frozen.
Q: Can I feed different blends to my pet at the same time?
A: Yes! Carnivores in the wild do not eat the same meal every day. Variety is beneficial for your pet to have optimal health. Petobee offers a range of products that you can vary to make meal time more interesting for your pet.
Q: Can my pet handle the switch from eating kibble or canned food to eating Petobee right away?
A: Most pets can make the switch right away. Petobee’s complete blends (Chicken, Turkey and Organic Chicken) contain ingredients which aid in the transition from kibble to raw.
In the rare case that your pet has difficulty transitioning to Petobee, you can supplement with probiotics or digestive enzymes, but this is not usually necessary.
Q: Can I feed Petobee and kibble at the same time?
A: It is not recommended that you feed Petobee and kibble within the same day. Ideally, when feeding a raw diet, no kibble of any sort should be fed. If, however, you choose to feed kibble while your pet is on a raw diet, it is advised that you leave at least twelve hours between feeding raw and feeding kibble, as they are digested at different rates.
Q: My pet is a picky eater. How can I make the transition to feeding raw easier?
A: Most pets are eager to eat a raw diet, and switch with enthusiasm and ease, however, if you happen to have a “picky eater”, here are some tips:
– Maintain a positive attitude. Your pet is sensitive to your mood, and any skepticism or apprehension you may have about feeding raw food will be picked up by your pet. If you are confident, and reassure your pet, they will accept the change more readily.
– While variety is preferable for your pet to achieve optimal health, it is important to stick to one blend when making the switch to raw.
– Fast your pet the night before making the transition. This will give their digestive system a chance to “clear out”, and also make your pet more eager for food in the morning.
– Limit treats when transitioning to raw, as this will increase your pet’s appetite for meals.
Q: I have noticed my pet is drinking less water daily after switching to Petobee. Should I be concerned?
A: No; this is expected. Petobee Pet Food provides food in its natural state. The moisture necessary for digestion is contained in the raw food. Because kibble has been heated and has the water removed, pets eating it need to drink more water in an attempt to maintain proper hydration. In addition, kibble often contains large amounts of sodium, causing pets eating it to drink more water.
Q: Isn’t it dangerous to feed bones to a dog?
A: Cooked and inappropriately sized bones are dangerous for dogs to eat. They can cause obstruction, tearing of internal organs, and choking. Raw bones (either in finely ground form or appropriately-sized for your dog) are not bad for dogs to consume, and contain many nutrients beneficial to your dog.
Q: What about bacteria in raw meat? Isn’t that dangerous? Will I get sick from feeding my dog a raw diet?
A: You should always follow safe handling practices when feeding a raw diet to your pet, the same way you would with meat products you would consume (wash hands/surfaces, eliminate cross-contamination, etc.). As far as your dog getting sick from bacteria; this is a myth. Dog saliva contains a bacteria-killing enzyme. In addition, raw-fed dogs do not have plaque on their teeth (which kibble causes), making it a less habitable place for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria does not remain in the mouth of a raw-fed dog, therefore you won’t get sick from your dog interacting with you after eating their raw meal.
Q: Can’t my pet get parasites from eating raw food?
A: If the meat contained in your pet’s raw food diet is fit for human consumption, this issue is practically non-existent. This is often a scare tactic used by opponents of raw diets. On the rare chance your pet picks up a parasite, it can be safely dealt with in a healthy dog. On the other hand, a dog eating kibble is MORE LIKELY to develop complications from picking up a parasite, because they will have a compromised immune system.
Q: Why don’t most veterinarians recommend feeding raw?
A: There are a variety of reasons why many non-holistic veterinarians don’t recommend feeding raw.
First of all, most vets do not have a background in nutrition. Yes, they receive a little nutrition training as part of their overall education, but they are not nutrition specialists.
Also, most pets can “get by” on kibble, so a vet might tell you that it isn’t necessary for you to examine your pet’s diet. Your pet likely won’t thrive, and could end up with health issues, but people have been feeding kibble for years and their pets have been “fine”…..right?
Feeding raw can be the best thing you can do for your pet. Unfortunately, if done incorrectly, it can also be the worst. That is why it is important to feed your pet a well-balanced, premium raw diet, like Petobee, to eliminate these risks. If a pet-owner doesn’t have much time to do the proper research, and decides to make their own raw diet to feed their dog, they could be putting their pet at risk for nutritional deficiencies, injury from cooked or improperly-sized bones, or illness from low-quality, non human-grade meat products. Because vets likely end up seeing many of these types of raw-fed pets in their offices, and the fact that your pet can “get by” on kibble, they may be wary of recommending feeding raw, and default to the supposedly safe choice of kibble. That being said, thousands of pets die each year from choking on their kibble, and there are many non-raw pet food recalls that occur each year.
Some vets may also site bacteria and the risk of you, the pet-owner, getting sick from feeding your pet a raw diet. As we established earlier, however, you have no more risk of getting sick from feeding Petobee than you do from your own chicken or hamburger meat that you purchase from the grocery store.
Finally, many vets sell, and profit from selling, products such as Royal Canin, Veterinary Exclusive Nutrition formulas for your dog or cat. How many pets owners do you know of that “have” to feed their pet the “special” food from the vet?
If you would like a veterinary’s opinion on switching your dog or cat to eating raw food, consult a holistic veterinarian who has nutrition training for the best advice.