Cali Raw Nutrition FAQs

ABOUT CALI RAW NUTRITION

Where Are You Located

Cali Raw is located at 880 W. 16th St., Newport Beach, CA and we ship to states in the Western region (AR, AZ, CA, CO, ID, IA, KS, LA, MI, MO, MT, OR, OK, NB, NV, , SC, TX, WY& WA). If you want Cali Raw shipped to you and you're outside of the listed states join our waitlist!

How Does Local Pickup/Delivery Work

Local delivery is currently available in Orange County & Long Beach California every Wednesday from 10am-10pm for orders over $150. Local pickup is available in Newport Beach Monday thru Wednesday from 11am-6pm, Thursday from 11am-3pm, & by appointment if needed at 880 West 16th Street Newport Beach, CA 92663. For these options, choose in-store pick up or local delivery at checkout!

Is Your Food BARF Model or PREY Model

Our BARF model, biologically appropriate raw food, is complete and balanced with approximately 80% meant, bone, and organs & 20% fresh vegetables.

Learn more about the BARF Diet v PREY Model Diet 

Who Formulates Your Raw Diet Recipes

Our esteemed & highly regarded animal nutritionist James Pendergast has 14+ years of experience formulating raw food for dogs and cats. Our formulas are complete and balanced to meet AAFCO guidelines and beyond. We opt for high quality ingredients to ensure your dog receives the best possible diet & nutrition

In our podcast, James discusses more about the formulas at Cali Raw. 

Who Is AAFCO

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a voluntary membership organization of all 50 states and Federal government agencies, as well as government agencies from other countries, responsible for the execution of laws and regulations pertaining to the production, labeling, distribution, use, or sale of animal feed and feed ingredients. AAFCO does not regulate, test, approve or certify pet foods in any way. AAFCO establishes the nutritional standards for complete and balanced pet foods that manufacturers follow to formulate their products according to the appropriate AAFCO standard. These standards are defined by two nutrient profiles: Adult Maintenance and Growth or Reproduction.

ABOUT OUR FORMULAS

What Does Complete & Balanced Mean?

All our formulas are formulated with complete & balanced nutrition. This means that our formulas meet the nutritional levels and requirements established by AAFCO. Each of our formulas are made up of raw meat, bone, organs, vegetables, salmon oil, and essential vitamins and minerals. Best of all, no fillers!! 

Click hereto see our complete lists of ingredients.

What Is The Quality of Your Formulas?

Our formulas are made with USDA inspected and approved human-grade ingredients. Cali Raw Dog Food contains no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, no fillers, & no by-products. Our food is made to be natural with raw meat & fresh vegetables.

The meats we use are no different than the meat you would buy at the grocery store. Because we believe that your furry friend deserves nothing less than the best, we only source and produce the best.

Is Cali Raw Organic?

We are not, but we do use human-grade ingredients

What Is Denatured, 3D, or 4D Meat? Does Cali Raw Use These Meats?

Denatured meat, also known as 3D or 4D meat, is a process that changes the color of meat to show it is not safe for human consumption. This meat comes from animals that are dying, diseased, or already dead. Once the meat has been put into those categories, it can still be used in the pet food industry. This process uses chemicals that can be harmful to pets. Cali Raw does not use any denatured meats. We use high quality meat passed for human consumption, because we believe your dog deserves the absolute best.

Where Is Your Meat Sourced From?

All of our meat and produce are sourced from Western United States, mostly within California. Some ingredients are sourced from Utah, Washington, or Oregon to offer you the best prices on our complete & balanced raw formulas.


Why Does Your Beef Formula Have Bone Meal?

Our Beef Formula has bone meal in it opposed to ground beef bone, due to the great variances found in the Calcium content of the ground beef bones. Our bone meal is finely ground up cattle bone. It has been tested for heavy metals and is non-irradiated. Our bone meal will also provide your dog with phosphorous and magnesium.

Does Cali Raw Use Lean Meats

Yes, Cali Raw Nutrition uses quality lean meats! It gets difficult to formulate a balanced diet when you use very fatty meats (85/15) because you are getting all the additional calories without the additional vitamins or minerals that go along with the protein. Our meats are high quality, passed for human consumption, humanely raised, locally sourced, with no growth hormones or antibiotics. 

FEEDING A RAW DIET

How Do I Prepare Cali Raw Food?

Thaw the frozen raw dog food in the refrigerator for 1-2 days until soft and unfrozen. Once the food is thawed and measured to meet your dog’s requirements (see our feeding guidelines for more info) you can place it in your dog’s metal or glass bowl! Always store unused portions in the fridge for the next feeding. Do not exceed refrigerator storage for more than 7 days once thawed.

How Can I Start Incorporating Raw Foods Into My Dog's Diet Without Completely Switching?

If you aren't ready to switch your dog to raw dog food yet, you can start by introducing raw treats and fresh whole foods to their current diet! You can give your dog sardines, raw eggs, fresh raw vegetables, and raw bones!  

Do I Have to Feed 100% Raw Diet?

While it is recommended that you avoid feeding your dog processed foods, we understand that feeding an exclusive raw diet isn’t feasible for everyone. In these cases, we recommend supplementing your dog’s current diet with 50% raw dog food to improve health. Any time you add fresh ingredients to your dog's diet, their health will benefit! 

A guide for you:  Kibble and a Raw Diet | Supplemental Feeding Guide 

How Do I Transition My Dog To A Raw Diet Properly

Anytime you change food it’s important to take it slow. While most dogs have strong digestive systems, switching from dry kibble to a raw moist food, can be a shock on their systems initially. Some dogs will even experience a mild detoxification during the transition. Don't be alarmed, this is common when a dog has been eating processed foods their whole life. When switching to a fresh or raw food diet, the dog’s system will take time to adjust and form the enzymes and Microbiota. 

Transition to a raw diet infograph

A guide for you: How to Transition To A Raw Diet | Transition Guide

How Many Calories Do Dogs Need?

Dog’s caloric needs can vary greatly based on age, weight, activity level, and other factors. The standard formula used for calculating the energy requirements of the average adult dog that lives in the house, receives light daily exercise, and is spayed or neutered is: 30 X Weight in Kg (or pounds divided by 2.2) + 70 = Daily Caloric Needs

How Often Should I feed My Dog/Puppy ?

For adult dogs, we recommend feeding a raw diet either once or twice per day. If twice per day, split the daily suggested feeding in half. For puppies, we recommend feeding raw food 3-4 times per day, splitting each meal equally based on suggested daily feeding quantity for their predicted adult weight.

Can I Cook The Food Before Feeding?

You can but we recommend you don't. Cooking the meat will deplete the nutrients and may destroy/modify the proteins. We only recommend cooking the food if someone in your family (pet or human) with a compromised or weakened immune system or if your puppy is under 16 weeks of age. If you choose to cook the formula, lightly cook 68 minutes in a skillet with a small amount of water

What Should I Expect When Switching to Raw ?

When you switch your dog to any diet, you will notice change in poop and habits. Switching to raw diet will be no different. As you switch over to raw, you will most likely notice a change in stool. No worries! This is their body detoxifying from their old food to new. The bacteria in the intestinal tract is adjusting, causing your dog to have a looser stool that will go away once they are fully transitioned. After completing the transition, you will notice smaller stools because they are absorbing all the nutrients in our formulas! Your dog's digestion will greatly improve along with their health. Your dog will be farting less too!

Can I Thaw And Refreeze Dog Food?

Yes, it is safe to thaw and then refreeze raw dog food. It does not affect the quality or safety of the product.

Can I Switch From Meat Source To Meat Source?

Yes, as long as your dog is not allergic to something in the formula you can switch meat sources with ease. We actually recommend offering your dog a variety of meat sources weekly. When possible it is best to feed your dog 2-3 meat proteins per week. Your dog will appreciate this! We offer formulas in Beef, Chicken, Lamb, and Turkey!

Can Human Food Be Added To A Raw Diet?

Yes, although we strongly advise to only add healthy options occasionally. Remember that not all food considered safe for humans is safe for dogs. Examples of safe human foods dogs love that you can safely feed in small quantities occasionally are: sweet potato, pumpkin, raw meaty bone, ground bone, organ meats such as livers and kidneys, raw eggs, vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and celery, fruit like apples and watermelon, some dairy such as yogurt or goats milk, plus bone broth & fish stock.

ABOUT RAW FEEDING

Are Raw Diets Safe?

Yes they are! Remember, this is what your dog was designed to eat! Yes! Dogs have a shorter digestive tract and higher levels of acidity in their digestive system. Therefore, they can tolerate a higher level of bacteria than us humans. When a dog is fed a species appropriate diet, their immune system is optimally strong and their digestive system is functioning properly. The acidity level in their stomachs is also very high on a raw diet, which makes it an undesirable environment for bacteria to survive. Remember, raw meat is what nature intended dogs to eat. Quality raw meats are not just perfectly safe for dogs, they are ideal!

Why Does My Traditional Veterinarian Say No To A Raw Diet For My Dog

When you go to the doctor, does your doctor ask you about your nutrition & diet? Does your veterinarian address this crucial factor in your dog's health? Most likely not. Traditional veterinarians may often have a negative opinion of a raw diet based on our society's adoption of the cheap & convenient kibble diet during WWII.

Read More: My Vet Says Not To Feed Raw

Many that do know and understand the nutritional benefits of a raw diet, have also encountered dogs fed an unbalanced DIY raw diet. We strongly endorse a complete and balanced raw diet that meets AAFCO guidelines. This ensures your dog is not missing any key components. Our Cali Raw formulas include important ingredients like organs, vegetables, plus naturally derived minerals & vitamins. We recommend you do your own research on the benefits of a raw ancestral diet for your dog, as well as the long term effects & dangers of a kibble diet.

If I Choose To Feed Raw Food To My Pet, What Precautions Should I Take To Protect My Family?

Raw feeding is no different than cooking for yourself and family within your own home. Standard sanitary habits should be practiced when handling raw meat. Always sanitize your work area thoroughly after prepping, sanitize used food utensils, including your pet’s bowls once they are finished eating. Finally, wash hands thoroughly after touching raw meat. Keep the raw dog food food frozen until ready to use, and then refrigerate or discard any leftovers. Refrigerated leftovers can be stored for no more than 3 days. Regularly wash pet dishes – make sure to pick them up after eating, sorry no grazing allowed. Leaving the food out will cause the meat to spoil. .

Are Vegetables Healthy For Dogs

Yes! Dogs get fiber, energy, vitamins, some minerals, and diverse nutrients from vegetables. We believe it is beneficial to feed dogs a BARF diet composed of approx 80% meat, organ & bone coupled with 20% vegetables.  

PUPPY FORMULA AND FEEDING

Tell Me More About Cali Raw Puppy Formulas

Our Puppy Formulas have increased Fatty Acids EPA & DHA from Salmon Oil to assist in brain development and improve cognitive learning skills. They also have ideal Calcium Levels with a Calcium:Phosphorous ratio of 1.4:1. In addition, our Puppy Formula's have enhanced antioxidants and vitamins to help with improved immune response to vaccinations and immune stimulation. Lastly, added L-Carnitine helps burn fat more efficiently and increases bone mass and bone density. All of these formulations are specific to the Puppy Formula and will assist with strengthening your puppies immune system, building a healthy gut, and meet their growing needs. Our Puppy Formulas come in both a Lamb/Turkey blend and a Chicken/Beef Blend. By combining meat sources, we were able to create better fat balance needed for puppies nutritional demands. This also gives your puppy a variety! We recommend switching between our two puppy formulas to create a well variety nutritional plan for your puppy.

What Vitamins & Minerals Are Added?

Our Puppy Formulas have increased Fatty Acids EPA & DHA from Salmon Oil to assist in brain development and improve cognitive learning skills. They also have ideal Calcium Levels with a Calcium:Phosphorous ratio of 1.4:1. In addition, our Puppy Formula's have enhanced antioxidants and vitamins to help with improved immune response to vaccinations and immune stimulation. Lastly, added L-Carnitine helps burn fat more efficiently and increases bone mass and bone density. All of these formulations are specific to the Puppy Formula and will assist with strengthening your puppies immune system, building a healthy gut, and meet their growing needs. Our Puppy Formulas come in both a Lamb/Turkey blend and a Chicken/Beef Blend. By combining meat sources, we were able to create better fat balance needed for puppies nutritional demands. This also gives your puppy a variety! We recommend switching between our two puppy formulas to create a well variety nutritional plan for your puppy.

HOW SOON CAN I TRANSITION MY PUPPY TO A RAW DIET?

Puppies can eat raw food once they have weaned off their mother and are ready to eat solid food. Our Puppy Formula is especially formulated for puppies 8 weeks to 12 months of age, and up to 14 months for large breeds. For puppies under the age of 16 weeks, we recommend lightly cooking the formula. The earlier you start your puppy on a fresh raw diet, the more they will benefit in the long run!

RAW DOG BONES

 

What Are Recreational Bones?

Recreational Bones are large bones that dogs chew on for extended periods of time, without eating the whole bone. Examples of safe recreational bones are beef marrow bones, knuckle bones, lamb femurs, beef rib bones, etc. Recreational bones are a natural teeth cleaning solution, providing your dog with better breath and improved oral health. Additionally recreational bones offer mental stimulation, and provide jaw exercise. Recreation bones are safe for dogs over 6 months old.

Read more: Feed Safe Dog Bones 

At What Age Can I give My Dog Bones ?

Raw bones should be give to dog's over the age of 6 months. Otherwise, we advise you to keep your bone frozen and away until then. If you already ordered frozen bones from us, you can keep them in the freezer.

Can I Cook The Bones?

We don't suggest you to cook your bones because they can splinter and be very dangerous for you dogs.

ORDERING/SHIPPING

How Do I Know How Much To Order

We suggest feeding your dog approximately 2.5% of their ideal body weight daily. This is just a starting point, which you can then monitor their weight and adjust as needed. For puppies, we suggest feeding based on their predicted/ideal adult body weight, adjusting the exact amount according to how your puppy develops. 

How Soon Before I Need More Cali Raw Dog Food?

We ship every Tuesday from Southern California. We recommend you order 7-10 days prior to running out of dog food. If you forget and need to expedite an order, please contact us and we will always do what we can to ensure your dog is fed!

How Often Do You Ship?

We ship from our location in Newport Beach, CA every single Tuesday. Your order will arrive Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday depending on your location.

Do You Have A Shipping Minimum

Yes we do! In order to ensure our product is still frozen on arrival, your order must be at least 10lbs of frozen food. We ship with dry ice and 72 hour rated eco-friendly insulation. 

What Kind Of Packaging Do You Have?

Our raw meat grinds are packaged in heavy duty vacuum-sealed bags portioned at 16oz. All you need to do is cut the package open, and serve! Our raw bones are packaged in heavy duty sealed bags weighing approx. 3lbs each. Our orders ship directly to your door in a branded corrugated box lined with an eco-liner rated to keep your products frozen for 72 hours during transit. Delivery orders within Long Beach & Orange County California are dropped off on your doorstep in a reusable bag. We are working tirelessly to expand our menu as well as our portion and packaging options. Your feedback and insight is useful. Please contact us with your requests. No, we proudly use an eco-friendly liner composed of denim material. This packaging is rated for a 72 hour transit time. While it is not cheap, we at Cali Raw Nutrition believe our planet is worth the price!

What Is Your Return Policy

In the event that a product or package arrives damaged or compromised, please reply to your invoice with an image of the products. A case will be opened, investigated and resolved. We strive to remedy all situations to our customers satisfaction whenever possible. We do not refund or replace items if the customer has moved and not provided us with a change of address. We do not accept returns.

What If I need To Cancel My Order After It Processes

In the event that you need to cancel your order and request a refund after it has processed, there will be a 5% merchant fee. In the event you need to cancel your order after it has already been fulfilled and ready for shipment, there will be a 20% restock fee. 

How Does The Food Arrive When Shipped?

Our food is delivered 1-3 days from when it is shipped from our warehouse in a 72 hour rated, eco friendly insulated 14x14x14 box with dry ice or ice packs if necessary. Your order is delivered to your doorstep via FedEx, OnTrac or UPS service. We strongly recommend opening your box and stocking your freezer immediately. Depending on your dogs daily needs, place enough food in your refrigerator for 1-2 days of feeding, 1-2 days in advance.  

Do I Need To Be Home To Receive My Delivery

No, you do not. We use an eco-friendly, insulated packaging rated for 72 hour transit time so the delivery driver can leave it at your doorstep for you! We do not use styrofoam!  

SUBSCRIPTION

How Does Your Subscription Service Work

Our subscription service is flexible, non-committal & caters to your needs. We offer an auto-ship option in order to make raw feeding convenient and easy for you. By simply subscribing to any products, either bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly you receive 5% OFF the regular price & benefit from auto ship services that mean you never have to pick up dog food again. You will always receive an email confirmation for your order 1 week prior to shipping. At this time you may choose to pause, cancel or modify your subscription.  

Do I Need To Subscribe?

Of course not, you can order our food as needed by building a box with our a la carte products. Our subscription is just there to make your life easier, and save you a few bucks! You can modify, pause or cancel our subscriptions at any time.

OTHER

Why Are There Variations To The Color Of The Meat?

Color changes are normal for fresh food products! Color is also influenced by the age of the animal, the species, sex, diet, and even the exercise it gets. Meat naturally changes color when it progresses from an aerobic to anaerobic environment. The change from red to brown is due to the natural oxidation of the iron portion of myoglobin. Some color changes also occur during freezing. The bright red color of meat usually turns dark or pale brown depending on its variety and again these changes occur on the surface of the meat. These color differences do not indicate that the meat is spoiled or old. Spoiled meat or poultry will have an off odor, be sticky or tacky to the touch, or it may be slimy. If meat has developed these characteristics, it should not be used.

Are More Products Being Added?

We plan on it! We are relatively new and growing organically with your support. In the near future, we plan to introduce a seafood formula, more treats, and raw formula for cats! You will see a growing menu coming from us in the near future. Your feedback is used to develop our menu selections, so please contact us with your requests. We are all ears!

Can My Cat Eat Cali Raw Nutrition Dog Food?

Our raw diet for dogs is designed to offer a complete & balanced diet for the canine species. While there is no harm in feeding occasionally a cat our raw dog food formulas, we recommend you put your cat on a raw diet formulated to be complete & balanced for the specific nutritional needs of felines.

What If My Pet is A Picky Eater ?

Most dogs, in fact 90% of all dogs not only like but love raw food. There are those dogs, of course, like people, who are uncomfortable with change which is why we recommend sticking to the transitional guidelines. If your dog is a finicky eater you can lightly cook the formula on low heat with a tablespoon of water for 6-7 minutes to enhance the aroma and flavors. You can also add an egg, sardines, or healthy treat on top. Be patient and confident in your efforts, your dog can tell if you are nervous

Will Eating Raw Make My Dog More Aggressive?

No! A raw diet is what dogs are designed to eat for their biological, nutritional needs. The food you feed to your dog is not a factor in aggressive behavior. However, we always recommend separating dogs with known food aggression. A raw diet is very pleasing to a dog and could be considered a high value prize that a dog may be more possessive over than kibble.

Can My Dog Still Get Bloat On A Raw Diet?

It is quite unlikely for a dog to experience bloat when they are being fed a raw diet of meat, muscle, bones and organs. Raw food offers maximum bioavailability of nutrient absorption, it does not expand and swell like processed kibble. Additionally, most dogs eat slower when they are eating raw food. Often dogs that require a slow feeder with kibble, do not need one with raw food. When they aren't inhaling their food, less air is pulled into the stomach. Bloat is very rare in dogs that consume a raw diet. To reduce the risk in dogs prone to bloat, avoid exercise for 1-2 hours prior to feeding.

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