When planning a trip with your pup, it is generally pretty easy to pack your typical dry or canned dog food. However, for those who are choosing to feed using only raw food - taking a long trip in the car can be a little more daunting!
Here are some tips and tricks on keeping your dog's raw food fresh during your travels, as well as some other options to keep your raw fed pet from indulging in kibble on the road.
Take time to plan
When travelling with a raw fed dog, a little pre-planning is generally involved, to make sure you can continue to keep your meals complete and balanced. Before you leave for your trip, take some time to work our how many days you will be gone for and how many meals you need to pack for your dog - then add a couple of days worth of meals on top of your schedule, just in case anything happens. When you have portioned out the amount of food your pet will need, you will be able to figure out how large your storage device will be, for while you are on the road.
Invest in a quality chilly bin
Ensuring your dog’s raw food stays cold and fresh is by far the most challenging task while travelling with your pup, especially during the warmer summer months! One of the easiest ways to keep the chill is by using a high-quality chilly bin. Be sure to pack your chilly bin correctly, by making sure that all of your fresh food is in contact with ice or ice packs. As always, make sure to seperate your human food with your dog's raw meat to avoid any cross-contamination and unnecessary opening of the bin.
When travelling, it is always important to conserve space! Separating your raw food into single serving sizes in easy to stack Tupperware containers or zip lock bags can be an easy way to save a little room when packing. Like above, this will also ensure that you aren't risking any contamination through unnecessary heating and cooling of your meat.
Buy as you go
If you don't have enough space for all your pets meals in a chilly bin you can also plan pit stops along the way to stock up on raw food. Pet shops, grocery stores, butchers or supermarkets are your best bet for quick meals. Don’t leave it to chance, check where they are and when they open along your route.
Maintain good food safety
Roaming through the countryside in a warm car is bliss, but don't forget to keep a high level of food safety when you are travelling with raw pet feed. It can be harder to prepare raw food when you are camping or in the go, So to make it easier to prep food in a hygienic manner - take a good to pack gloves, anti-bacterial wipes, hand antiserums and sprays. After all, nobody wants to be sick while on holiday!
Use freeze-dried raw food
If you don't have a way to keep your pets raw food cold, it can be safer to opt for a freeze-dried and ready to serve raw alternative. Pet.co.nz stock several brands that offer raw food that is either ready to serve, or only need water for rehydration, such as K9 Natural Freeze-Dried Lamb Feast Dog Food.
If you are hiking with your dog, take a look at options that are extremely nutritious, rich in protien and lightweight - such as Addiction Chicken & Apricot Raw Dehydrated Dog Food. Addiction's dehydrated dog food can work as both a healthy meal topper, or even by itself.
As with any diet change, it is important to slowly transition them onto the new product before you leave for your trip to avoid any stomach upsets.