- Why choose Bold Raw?
Bold Raw is our signature blend of raw food for both dogs and cats. It is made from natural ‘green’ tripe, ground meaty bones, organ meat, and kelp. The tripe is sourced from Canadian pasture-raised cows and all meats are antibiotic and hormone free.
The % composition of Bold Raw is 70% meat, 15% beef tripe, 10% bone and 5 % organs.
The idea behind Bold Raw was to model the natural prey diet of a cat or a dog, using tripe to add omega oils, probiotics, and digestive enzymes to encourage a healthy stomach.
Our Bold Raw blend was also designed to provide a low glycemic raw option. The blend contains no fruits or veggies, which is great for pets with diabetes, yeast issues, or weight problems. You can think of it as the gluten free equivalent for our animal companions!
When we started feeding the blend, there were immediate, positive effects for our dogs’ health — from the youngest pups to the senior pack members. Here are the benefits that we discovered:
- Well-formed stools & much less to clean up!
- Better digestion due to natural probiotics found in tripe.
- Cleaner teeth
- Improved quality of coat & fur due to high Omega-3 content of tripe.
- Better appetite from picky eaters.
- Why choose Mega Dog?
The Mega Dog Raw blend was created in 2014 to provide an affordable raw food option for families with bigger dogs or multiple dog households. It is made from triple-ground meat with bones, organs, kelp, and a veggie mix of carrots, broccoli, zucchini, and collard greens. All the meats are antibiotic and hormone free.
The composition of Mega Dog is 78% meat, 10% bone, 7% Vegetable blend and 5% organs
Mega Dog Raw stays true to the dietary philosophy of Bold Raw, aiming to model the natural prey diet and provide a low glycemic option.
The difference in Mega Dog Raw is that nutritious vegetables have replaced the tripe to meet the portion needs of a bigger dog at a more economical price point. The blend still contains a low vegetable content compared to similarly-priced options (7%).
Here are some of the other reasons to feed Mega Dog:
- Easy to scoop-and-serve tub format or convenient pre-portioned 8oz patties
- Tub reseals to prevent leaks in the fridge.
- Nutritious veggies, no filler content.
- Dogs love it — thanks to the high meat content!
- Can I feed both Bold Raw and Mega Dog?
Yes, you can feed both Bold Raw and Mega Dog Raw. Pets need variety in their diets, just like humans. We recommend that you rotate proteins on a regular basis, as this will improve your pet’s health in the long-term.
The only time when you wouldn’t feed both blends would be if your pet has any specific allergies — contact your vet about allergy testing if you’re not sure.
- Can I feed both kibble and raw food?
Although we do believe that feeding only a raw diet is best, if you need to still feed some kibble (due to budget or convenience) you can feed both kibble and raw food in separate meals, but you should never mix the two together! Kibble and raw should be fed separately as they are digested differently by dogs and cats.
We generally recommend only feeding raw, but if you’re not ready yet, you have a couple of options:
- Feed one raw meal and one kibble meal per day.
- Feed raw for several days, then feed kibble for several days.
Some raw is better than no raw!
- Why choose raw pet food?
Visit Get Started on Raw to learn more!
- How much should I feed my dog?
Feeding raw is dependent on body weight. An average, active dog at their ideal weight should be fed about 2.5% of their total body weight. For example, you would feed an 80 lb dog about 2 lbs of raw per day.
A good rule of thumb is a ½ lb of food per 20 lbs of dog. If your dog needs to gain weight, add a ¼ lb of raw per meal. If they need to lose weight, reduce by a ¼ lb per meal.
Bear in mind that these are just guidelines — some dogs with higher metabolisms may require more food, and older or less active pets may require less. It’s a good idea to weigh your dog after a month of feeding raw to ensure they are getting sufficient nutrition. Many pet food stores now have weight scales, so there’s no need to go to the vet!
For large dogs: We recommend feeding our Mega Dog product, which comes in a 2 lb and a 4 lb tub format, packaged in recyclable plastic containers, as well as convenient 8oz patties, packaged in recyclable vacuum packs (2 per pack)
For a vegetable and carbohydrate free diet, you can feed the Bold Raw product, which comes in a 5 lb block format. Use a plastic container that will fit the block, and defrost it in the fridge. Once defrosted, cut the block into 5 portions, which will be approximately 1 lb each. This makes it easy to portion out, so you don’t need to weigh or measure each meal.
This is the most cost effective option for large breed dogs or multiple dog households.
For small dogs: We recommend using our Bold Raw patties, which come in 6.5 lb bags with 20 patties per bag, weighing 5 oz. each. Feed roughly 1 patty per 10 lb of dog. Patties should be thawed in the fridge. You may need to add, or remove a patty, depending on whether your dog needs to gain or lose weight. For small dogs, we recommend weighing them once a week to make sure they are eating enough.
Remember to only thaw what you need and keep the rest in the freezer! Our patties thaw quickly, typically within 24 hours. We recommend that you thaw your pet’s portions daily, instead of defrosting a bunch at once.
- How much should I feed my cat?
Feeding raw is dependent on body weight. If you are feeding an exclusively raw diet to your cat, we recommend feeding them about 3% of their body weight (if they are active). For example, a 10 lb cat should get about a third of a container (⅓ lb). If you are feeding a combination diet of kibble and raw to your cat, you can feed a quarter of a container per day (¼ lb).
You will need to adjust the amount according to your cat’s physical condition. Some cats may need more if they are outdoor cats or extremely active, so bump it up as needed. Please remember to never starve your cat to get it to eat.
Remember to only thaw what you need and keep the rest in the freezer! Our containers thaw quickly, typically within 24 hours. We recommend that you thaw your pet’s portions daily, instead of defrosting a bunch at once.
- My cat won’t eat raw food, how do I switch it?
This is not uncommon! Most cats need a bit of time to make the switch.
If your cat does not take to raw right away, mix the raw blend with canned cat food. For example, start with ¼ raw food and ¾ canned food. Gradually reduce the canned food until you are feeding an entirely raw diet. Every cat is different — be patient as this can be a lengthy process!
Contact us if you need help switching your cat to raw.
- How much tripe should I feed my pet as a supplement?
Tripe can be fed as a supplement to complement any diet. We make tripe in 1 lb and 2 lb resealable containers and 5 lb vacuum blocks. For dogs, we recommend you feed a spoonful or two and mix it with their meal. Cats don’t typically like tripe — if yours enjoys it, we recommend feeding the same amount. Tripe is healthy, so you can feed as much as your pet enjoys!
If you are feeding tripe, make sure your tripe is low in fat. Tripe fed regularly should be less than 8% fat. Not all tripe is processed to meet the standards required for regular consumption by dogs. Ours is!
- What is tripe?
Tripe is the stomach of a cow, deer, sheep, or any other ruminant animal. Ruminant animals possess up to four stomach chambers where they break down and acquire nutrients from their food during digestion.
To be fit for human consumption, tripe needs to bleached and scolded. This cleaning process causes the tripe to lose much of the nutritional value which is beneficial for dogs. Dogs should be fed tripe in its purest form, a natural ‘green’ state, for maximum goodness.
Natural ‘green’ tripe contains many beneficial enzymes and probiotics, which make it a great digestive aid for both dogs and cats. Adding tripe to your pet’s diet will allow them to digest meals with less energy, absorb nutrients more easily, and support the digestive system as a whole.
Tripe also contains selenium, a powerful antioxidant. The combination of digestive enzymes and selenium can help with your dog’s overall metabolism, hormonal function, and immune system.
- Why does your raw food include tripe?
Tripe is an amazing nutritional food for your pet, especially when served in its natural ‘green’ state. It will help with brain function, heart function, skin and coat quality, and most importantly digestion! Here are some facts about natural ‘green’ tripe:
- It contains a high amount of Omega fatty acids, including Omega 3. Tripe serves as a great alternative to other Omega 3 options, such as fish oil.
- It is high in fibre because it contains grasses from the cow’s diet.
- It contains many healthy digestive enzymes from the cow’s 4-chambered stomach, which helps ensure your dog rarely has digestion problems.
- It is high in Vitamin B complex, which supports brain function, heart function, skin health, coat health, and more.
- It contains many healthy probiotics, a naturally occurring bacteria that aids in digestion.
- It is low in phosphorus, which makes it ideal for older dogs or dogs who have kidney issues.
- It has a 1:1 calcium to phosphorus ratio, which is ideal for growing puppies.
It is the go-to food for picky eaters. Put 1 spoonful of green beef tripe in any meal and your dog will eat it.
- Where does your tripe come from?
Our tripe is made from the stomachs of Canadian, pasture-raised cows. We have sourced our tripe from government-inspected facilities that pass safety standards required for human consumption. We personally visit all of these facilities to ensure the animals are treated ethically and safely.
- Where do your meats come from?
Similar to our tripe, our meat passes strict safety inspections for human consumption and is only sourced from government-inspected facilities that meet these same safety standards. We personally visit all of these facilities to ensure the animals are treated ethically and safely.
All of our meats are antibiotic and hormone free and come from local Canadian farms. Even our kelp comes from Atlantic Canada!
- Why don’t you use fruit and veggies in Bold Raw?
We don’t use fruit and veggies in our Bold Raw because we don’t have to — tripe contains all of the nutrition that fruits and veggies normally supply. This includes antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fibre from grasses in the cow’s stomach. The bonus is that tripe is also rich in probiotics and Omega-3 fatty acids. A tripe-based blend offers a nutritionally complete raw diet for pets, from one basic ingredient.
Bold Raw was created as a solution for our Shiloh Shepherd, Lola, who required a low glycemic diet (low in sugar). After realizing most raw diets included fruits and veggies as filler, our vet at the time recommended tripe as a substitute. Adding tripe changed her health for the better, improving her digestion, coat texture, and appetite.
Today’s raw diets contain too many fruits and veggies — which lead to a high level of sugar. High sugar diets can cause diabetes, pancreas issues, weight gain, and hyperactive behaviour in pets, just like humans. You wouldn’t feed sugar to a hyperactive kid, so don’t feed sugar to a hyperactive dog! While Mega Dog Raw does include some veggies, it has stayed true to the low glycemic philosophy of Bold Raw.
- Do veterinarians support your food?
There are a growing number of veterinarians that support and recommend raw food in Canada — and our brands in particular!
If your vet does not support raw food, we advise you to find a vet that does. Feel free to email us your location and we can recommend a vet in your area.
Raw food diets for pets are here to stay. Progressive vets have seen the improvement in their patients’ overall health and are beginning to educate themselves on the subject. As more and more vets see that companies like ours do things right, we are confident that raw food will become the go-to diet in the future.
- If you’re feeding raw food, what are the risks from bacteria like salmonella and e-coli?
One of the biggest concerns that pet owners and veterinarians have about feeding raw food is the presence of harmful bacteria in the meat. When people ask us this question, we always tell them, “Not all raw diets are created equal.”
At Bold Canine, we take the appropriate steps to ensure quality control to reduce the risk from bacteria in our raw food. All our meats are sourced from government-inspected facilities that pass safety standards required for human consumption. We only use fresh products that have been in a refrigerated, temperature-controlled environment from pickup to processing to distribution.
All our products are produced fresh within 12-24 hours of intake and 36-48 hours of slaughtering. We conduct a visual inspection of all products entering our facility. Unsatisfactory products are returned to the supplier. Each batch must pass canine and feline food testers before shipping.
When considering the risks of a raw food diet, remember that the same risks are present when you eat raw meat from the grocery store. Don’t leave your raw pet food unrefrigerated. Clean your surfaces, utensils and bowls properly with hot soapy water after feeding. Use the same washing techniques you would when cooking raw meat for yourself. If you follow these guidelines, the risk of contamination is very low.
- What are the risks of feeding raw food to the pet owner?
Bacteria is all around us. It’s on your kitchen counter, your floor, and your computer keyboard. As we mentioned in the previous question, one of the biggest concerns that pet owners and veterinarians have about feeding raw food is the presence of harmful bacteria in the meat — for the pet owner, not for the pet!
When considering the risks of raw food, remember that the same risks are present when you eat raw meat from the grocery store. Don’t leave your raw pet food unrefrigerated. Clean your surfaces, utensils and bowls properly with hot soapy water after feeding. Use the same washing techniques you would when cooking raw meat for yourself. If you follow these guidelines, the risk of contamination is very low.
- Is my dog susceptible to bacteria?
Dogs have a much higher tolerance to bacteria than humans. Think about all the times that you have seen your dog sticking their nose in dirty things, drinking out of puddles, or eating stuff off the ground!
Dogs have three things that help them deal with harmful bacteria:
- Saliva that contains bacteria-fighting enzymes.
- Highly acidic gastric juices that easily break down bacteria in their stomach.
- A short digestive tract that is able to quickly process what they eat.
Your dog can handle a certain amount of bacteria without any issue. Any high quality commercial raw pet food should be no problem, but it’s important to avoid raw pet food that people make cheaply or sell out of their homes. Remember that not all raw diets are created equal.
- Can a raw food diet cause diarrhea for my pet?
Dogs get diarrhea for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it is a virus, sometimes it’s something they ate something on a walk and it gave them an upset tummy. In most cases, a raw food diet will lead to firmer, more consistent poops — not diarrhea.
We commonly hear complaints of diarrhea in the spring.he thawing snow will increase the level of bacteria and viruses in the environment during this time. Make sure you are watching what your dog is eating and drinking while enjoying the outdoors. The same is true in late summer, especially August, with blue algae in local bodies of water.
If your dog gets diarrhea, and you suspect the food is to blame, then we recommend that you ask your veterinarian for a stool analysis. Testing a stool sample will allow you to identify whether bacteria was the culprit. Otherwise, you are just guessing!
- Do you have a nutritional analysis for your products?
Yes, you can view a nutritional analysis for each Bold Raw or Mega Dog Raw product on the specific product page.
- What is the ratio of ingredients in your products?
Each Bold Raw or Mega Dog Raw product follows a complete and balanced formula, except for our three basic blends (Mega Blend, Pure Duck, and Pure Pork).
- Formula for Bold Raw Products
Bold Raw products include a mixture of raw meat with bone, beef tripe, organ meat, and kelp. Below are the percentages for these products:
- 80% Raw Meat with Bone
- 15% Beef Tripe
- 5% Organ Meat
The bone ratio for chicken and rabbit is 15%
The bone ratio for turkey, beef, pork and duck is 10%
- Formula for Mega Dog Raw Products
Mega Dog Raw products include raw meat with bone, a vegetable blend (carrots, broccoli, zucchini, and collard greens), organ meat and kelp. Below are the percentages for these products:
- 88% Raw Meat with Bone
- 7% Vegetable Blend
- 5% Organ Meat
The bone ratio for chicken and blend is 15%
The bone ratio for turkey, beef, pork and duck is 10%
- Formula for Basic Blends
Our basic blends (Mega Blend, Pure Pork, and Pure Duck) are available without vegetables or kelp for dogs with allergies or pet owners doing their own mix. To be complete, they will need to be supplemented with tripe, vegetables, or a powdered supplement. Below are the percentages for these products:
- 80% Raw Chicken
- 20% Mix of Beef Heart, Lung, Liver, and Tripe
The bone ratio for mega blend is 15%
Pure Duck & Pure Pork
- 93% Raw Meat
- 7% Organ Meat
The bone ratio for pure duck and pure pork is 10%
- Why is your product more expensive than some other raw pet food brands?
Our Bold Raw blend is more expensive than other raw food brands mainly because of the tripe component. Although tripe is inexpensive to buy, it requires a lot of manual labour to prepare it for consumption. We need to trim off the fat, cut it into small pieces to inspect properly, and then double grind it before it’s mixed into the blend.
Both Bold Raw and Mega Dog Raw use high-end cuts of meat, in larger quantities than our competitors, which contributes to the costs as well. Making a safe, high-quality product requires a professional facility for processing the food.
If you were buying meat for yourself, you wouldn’t trust a cut of chicken or beef that cost $1 per lb. Don’t treat your pet any differently! Cheap, raw dog food is usually made from scraps and leftovers with little nutritional value. If the price is ‘too good to be true’, it is probably because it’s low quality. Remember that not all raw food is created equal.
- My local retailer doesn’t carry your food, can I order direct from you?
We prefer that you support your local retailer, if your retailer does not carry Bold Raw or Mega Dog Raw, please send us the contact information for your retailer and we will get in touch with them directly!
You can also visit our retail store located in Erin, Ontario, where you can buy all Bold Raw and Mega Dog Raw products at retail price.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.