Travelling with Raw Pet Food

Thanks to the high-quality, nutritious ingredients found in most raw food products, feeding your four-legged family member a raw diet is a great way to provide them with the natural nourishment they crave. From a strengthened immune system and increased energy level to eliminated allergy symptoms and improved digestion, there are many potential benefits to feeding your pet a raw food diet. 

While raw food is nutritious and likely to get your pet’s tail wagging around mealtime, it can also be an inconvenience while travelling if you’re not prepared. If you’re planning a trip this summer, here are some tips for travelling with raw pet food

Plan Ahead 

Whether you’re visiting friends or renting a cottage, make sure to ask whether there is a freezer on-site where you will be able to store your pet’s raw food. After packing up your pet’s food, the last thing you want to do is throw it out because it’s gone bad – disrupting your pet’s regular meal routine and wasting money! Depending on how long your trip will be, plan out exactly how much food your pet will need each day. This way, you can ensure you aren’t bringing more than you need and aren’t wasting any valuable cooler space. 

It’s also a good idea to do some research before you leave to see if there are any stores near your destination where you can purchase your pet’s raw food in the case of an emergency. As raw food can sometimes be quite messy, whether you’re staying at a cottage, friend’s house or hotel, be sure you’re prepared to clean up after feeding your pet! 

Keep it Cool 

Once you’ve determined how much raw food you’ll need to bring on your trip, you’ll be able to select a cooler to fit your needs. Rather than trying to fit both yours and your pet’s food in the same cooler, pack separate ones if possible. Not only will this save you a headache from trying to fit everything into one cooler, but it can also help prevent cross contamination. 

If your pet’s raw food doesn’t come in pre-portioned packages, consider portioning out their meals before packing them in the cooler. Most gas stations, convenience and grocery stores sell bags of ice so you can easily refill your cooler when on-the-go. If you’re staying in a hotel, take advantage of the ice machine to refill the cooler and keep food frozen. 

If you and your raw fed pet are hitting the road sometime soon, hopefully these tips will help you enjoy plenty of stress-free, quality time together! If bringing your pet’s regular raw food on the road with you isn’t an option, consider these healthy alternatives.

  • Dehydrated Food: Ideal for travelling, dehydrated raw food offers a solution if you’re unable to bring your pet’s regular food on a trip. Big Country Raw’s Trek Turkey and Beef dehydrated raw food can provide your dog with a meal that is not only nutritious, but also delicious and less messy than regular raw. When mealtime rolls around, simply add water to the dehydrated food, stir, let sit for 20 minutes and allow your furry friend to dig in! 
  • Freeze-Dried Food: Another great option when you’re on-the-go, freeze-dried food is not only convenient but can help enhance your companion’s health and well-being. Freeze-dried food, in which the food is frozen and has all its water removed, is often made up of high-quality ingredients such as meats, organs, edible bones and fruits and vegetables. Thanks to the freeze-drying process, freeze-dried food tends to have a long shelf life due to its low moisture content. The freeze-drying acts as a preservative, making it easy to keep a package on hand to bring along anytime you travel with your pet.

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