Thank you for choosing Real Dog Box to include more real food into your dog's diet. We have the highest amount of respect and appreciation for you and all of the dog families we serve. We get it our dogs are our universe. They are the sun, the moon, and everything in between and we want to spoil them. Your dog’s box of treats and chews is extremely high value. Your dogs will be eager to dig in but before you do … we want to highlight a few things.
Start Slow - Know Their Portion Size
You wouldn’t feed an entire roast chicken to an infant. And even as an adult, you know that you can split that up into several meals.
Each “chew” in your dog’s box …. is food. Look at the size of the chew, and the size of your dog. A toy breed-sized dog could eat a duck wing in 4 to 6 sessions as an example.
These chews help keep your dog’s teeth clean. A chew session under 10 minutes is more than sufficient.
Supervise While Chewing
Never leave your dog alone with a chew. Think of this time as a time to be “together”. You’re the source of your dog’s happiness, and you’re also their guardian so watch over them to make sure they aren’t gulping down more than they can chew. For chew instructions visit: real.dog/how-to-chew
30 to 60 day Shelf Life
Treat your treats and chews like real food. We don’t add preservatives or chemicals to make them artificially stay stable. Each of your boxes has nutrition cards that cover their shelf life and storage instructions.
Just like you would not eat salad that has been sitting out forever, don’t feed your dog any of their food past their stated shelf life.
Nutrient-Dense - A Small Amount Goes A Long Way
All of our treats are nutrient-dense. A small portion goes a long way so take it slow.
If your dog is kibble fed and has never eaten single ingredient air-dried treats, you may want to introduce a small piece at a time over the course of a few days to give your dog time to transition and adjust to it.
Organ treats specifically are extremely nutrient-dense. Feed no more than a few small pieces in any one sitting.
For feeding instructions visit “How to introduce your dog to Real Dog Box Treats”
What Are The Risks Involved In Fresh Feeding?
Every dog is unique with varying lifestyles and personalities. It’s important to watch over them because in their excitement (or in yours) they might eat (or be fed) more than they should.
In this case, they might:
- Throw up their food
- Have diarrhea
- Crack a tooth
Tummy issues are normal. It’s your dog telling you they had too much. Just like we might eat more than we should and feel ill, the same thing happens to your dog.
In most cases, home treatment of slippery elm, a bland diet, hydration, and bed rest is all your dog needs.
In rare cases, your dog might need medical attention. Take them to the vet and contact us to and notify us of what has occurred.
Tooth fractures might occur as well. Various factors can affect this - your dog’s dental health, and chewing style. Or a bone might get stuck and cause an impaction in the digestive tract or cause your dog to choke. In these cases contact your vet as well as our team.
There is a real risk when you choose to feed your dog a chew or a bone. Always monitor and supervise your dog and make sure they have a good drop it command. Even experienced raw feeders treat each bone they feed as if it's the first bone they have ever fed their dog.
Feed Real Food
We continue to serve you and other dog families because we believe that fresh real food is better than the same dry processed food that is widely available.
We want to make fresh food accessible to you so that your dog lives a longer and healthier life.
Ultimately, your dog counts on you to make the best decisions for them. And so feed your dog, the one in front of you, and the one sharing your home in accordance with their individual needs.
Every dog is different and these are just feeding guidelines. Feeding responsibly means to monitor your dog's health markers and be prepared to make adjustments.