Preparation & Serving

Curious about getting started with Primal? We’ve gathered some tips on how to serve and safely handle your pet’s raw food.

Safe Handling

  • Wash all work surfaces, utensils, hands, and food bowls with hot, soapy water after handling raw meats and poultry.

  • Keep raw meats and poultry away from children.

  • Keep raw meats and poultry separate from other foods.

To simplify the handling and feeding of our raw frozen products, try staging a few containers of a day’s worth of food in your freezer. When you use the last of the thawed product from your refrigerator, simply grab a portioned container and place it in your refrigerator to thaw for your pet’s next feeding.

Raw Frozen Balanced Bases

Keep our Raw Frozen foods frozen until ready to use. Only serve Primal raw foods when completely thawed—frozen foods can be difficult for animals to digest. Never microwave any pet food.

To quickly thaw our Primal Nuggets and Primal Patties, place the appropriate number of nuggets or patties per feeding into a zip-seal, water-tight bag. Plug up and fill your kitchen sink with cold water, place the bag into the sink, and let thaw completely (within 30 minutes).

For best results, thaw Raw Frozen Nuggets and Patties in pre-portioned containers in the refrigerator. Patties can then be refrozen and thawed as necessary. After portioning raw frozen food to thaw in the refrigerator, immediately return remaining food in the bag to the freezer.

Thawed Raw Frozen or rehydrated freeze-dried foods will maintain optimum freshness for up to 5 days under refrigeration.

We recommend no more than a 2-hour window out of refrigeration to feed thawed or rehydrated freeze-dried foods to your pet. If you wish to save an uneaten portion of thawed or rehydrated freeze-dried food, immediately place any uneaten thawed or rehydrated freeze-dried meal portions back into the refrigerator.

Raw Freeze-dried Balanced Bases

Freeze-dried food is shelf stable and should be stored in a cool, dry place. Rehydrate food with Bone Broth, Goat Milk, or warm water to ensure optimal nutrient absorption. We recommend thoroughly incorporating one tablespoon of hydration for every nugget served.

Portioning

If feeding your pet twice daily, simply divide the total daily feeding portion in half and feed once in the morning and once in the evening! See our Feeding Calculator for estimates on how much to feed your pet. Factors such as level of activity, age, health, metabolism, and breed play a part in the necessary feeding quantities of all animals. Please be sure to talk to your vet for more specific recommendations.

Raw Meaty & Recreational Bones

Recreational bones are a fantastic way to keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy. They can be fed right from the freezer, and are best served outdoors or on a patio. If you choose to serve bones indoors, place them on a mat, towel, or other surface that can be machine-washed or easily disinfected. Be sure to always monitor your pet when feeding any bone product.

Clean-Up

  • Try using two different colored sponges in the kitchen—one for cleaning your dishes and another for cleaning your pet’s dishes.

  • Use disinfecting wipes in the kitchen for quick cleanups after preparing your pet’s food.

  • Serve raw products in a stainless steel bowl—other materials such as plastic and porcelain are porous, and can trap germs over time.

Kittens

Kittens can be introduced to Primal Feline Balanced Bases at approximately 4-5 weeks of age. They should be fed 1-2 small (1 teaspoon) raw-food meals daily in conjunction with either the milk they consume from nursing and/or other foods you may be supplementing.

Gradually increase the quantity of Primal Feline Formula every 2-3 days until 8 weeks of age or until weaned. At this point, your kitten can be fed a diet solely of Primal Feline Formulas. Head to our feeding calculator to find out how much to feed your unique kitten.

Factors such as breed, overall health, and level of activity play a part in the necessary feeding quantities of all kittens. Please be sure to monitor your kitten’s dietary needs and adjust the feeding quantities accordingly.

Puppies

Puppies can be introduced to Primal Canine Balanced Bases at approximately 4-5 weeks of age. They should be fed 1-2 small (1-2 teaspoons) raw food meals daily in conjunction with either the milk they consume from nursing and/or other foods you may be supplementing.

Puppies should always be fed from separate bowls, as competitive feeding can promote overeating and indigestion.

Gradually increase the quantity of Primal Canine Formulas foods every 2-3 days until 8 weeks of age or until weaned. At this point, your puppy can be fed a diet solely of Primal Canine Formulas. Head to our feeding calculator to find out how much is appropriate for your puppy’s unique needs.

Factors such as breed, overall health, and level of activity play a part in the necessary feeding quantities of all puppies. Be sure to monitor your puppy’s dietary needs and adjust the feeding quantities accordingly.

FAQs

Still have questions? Explore our frequently asked questions for everything you need to know about feeding Primal to your pet.

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