It's easy to introduce Napa Fresh!
Most dogs gobble up their new food an never look back. It's fine to switch "cold turkey" because your dog's digestive system is designed to easily digest Napa Fresh.
However, your dog might need to be introduced to their new food gradually. Sometimes you have to mix a bit with their normal food, gradually increasing it so that they are getting enough fresh food.
Don’t forget, most of our dogs are used to a highly-processed diet that contains artificial flavoring. It is important to stick with it, knowing that Napa Fresh is a better option. One of our girls vomited the first time she gobbled it up. The next feeding we gave her less and lightly cooked it, now she eats it raw with no problem. None of our dogs had digestive issues or diarrhea after starting their new food, and not one customer has reported any digestive problems with Napa Fresh, but keep an eye on your dog and add the new food gradually if you see loose stools.
How Much to Feed
How much Napa Fresh to feed depends on the weight of your dog and the ratio of Napa Fresh to kibble you plan to feed.
Generally speaking, if you were to feed 100% Napa Fresh, the best and healthiest feeding option, you'd start with 2% of your dog's ideal body weight and adjust up or down depending upon your dog's activity level and weight. So, a 25 pound dog would require 1/2 pound of Napa Fresh per day split into two meals, so, one container per day. If you plan to feed 50% FRESH to kibble (however, please note that due to the studies recently released, we no longer recommend feeding your dog any brand of kibble or other mass-produced dog food), cut the kibble portion in half and feed 1/2 of one container of Napa Fresh per day, and monitor your dog's weight and condition.
Don't forget to rotate the recipes. It is very important that your dog get a VARIETY of proteins and vegetables, so don't feed the same recipe all the time. We have developed 7 different recipes to suit that purpose.
Here is a guide, a range, a place to start. Every dog is different, so monitoring your dog is very important. If your dog is active or thin, feed more, less active and heavy, feed less. Smaller dogs might need more, larger dogs might need less. Don't forget to reduce, or better yet, eliminate kibble. The more Napa Fresh you feed, the better. Feed as much as you can afford.
Ideal Weight 100% FRESH 50% FRESH 25% FRESH
10 lbs. 1/3 container 1/6 container ----
20-30 lbs. 1 1/2 1/4
40-50 lbs. 2 1 1/2
60-70 lbs. 2 1/2 1 1/4 5/8
80-100 lbs. 4 2 1
If you want help figuring out how much to feed your dog, just call Karen at 508-451-4519 or email Karen@NapaFreshFoodforDogs.com.
Napa Fresh is packaged in convenient paper one cup (8 oz) containers (remove the food from the container if you plan to actually cook the food). Depending upon you and your dog, here are the options:
Thaw the food by leaving it in the refrigerator for as long as it takes to thaw, and feed. Or, thaw and place a portion in your dog’s bowl on top of the kibble if you must use kibble at all, and pour enough boiling water over it to create a “gravy”, mix thoroughly, and feed.
Thaw, heat or lightly cook the food in your microwave. It's best to remove the food from the container and microwave on a plate or in a bowl in one minute increments or use the thaw option on your microwave until you are happy with the result. Some dogs like their food warmed until it is juicy and smells delightfully like warm meatloaf! Don't over cook – the idea is fresh and raw!
Don't leave the food out for longer than about 15 minutes, and store leftovers in the refrigerator.. Always follow the normal safe handling precautions for raw meat as you do for your own food.