dog in kitchen with raw food platter

If you haven’t tried Vital Essentials RAW BAR yet, you’re missing out. Dogs and cats go mutts over these all natural delicious and nutritious snacks. At the VE RAW BAR, pet parents can select any combination of 12 different all-natural crunchy freeze-dried snacks. However, if it’s your first visit to the RAW BAR, the choices may be overwhelming. Here are a few tips for RAW BAR first timers.

Variety is the spice of life

VE RAW BAR offers you the variety to choose the protein source your pet likes best. Choose from Bully Sticks, Bully Twists, Chicken Necks, Cod Skins, Duck Heads, Duck Hearts, Duck Necks, Moo Sticks, Pig Ears, Pig Snouts, Salmon Skins or Turkey Necks. Tail-or your purchase to meet your pet’s individual age, size and taste preferences and they’ll be thanking you fur-ever! 

Ditch the rawhide 

You love rewarding your best fur-iend and giving treats to your dog or cat is a great way to bond with them and show your love. However, other edible chews, such as rawhides, can pose a choking hazard for your pet. RAW BAR snacks are purely raw, with no “junk” ingredients, so you can ditch the rawhide and replace it with a grain free, gluten free alternative so you can feel guilt free when treating your pet to a delicious between-meal snack. 

Let your pet guide you

Many retailers allow you to bring your pet shopping with you. If you’re overwhelmed by the variety of choices at the VE RAW BAR, simply bring your leashed pet along and let them choose which snack they’d like best. Just be careful, as many pet’s love the RAW BAR so much that they’ve been known to steal treats and eat them inside the store!

Consider the health benefits 

Even if your dog or cat isn’t fed a fully raw diet, giving your pet treats from the RAW BAR is a great way to incorporate the benefits of raw feeding into their diet. The added protein and nutrition can help promote a healthy skin and coat, an ideal weight, and help improve digestion. The crunchy texture of the snacks may also benefit dental health by naturally removing tartar and plaque and stimulating gums which can increase circulation and strengthen teeth. 

Cats also love RAW BAR

You may think that the RAW BAR is only for dogs, but cats love RAW BAR snacks too! Cod Skins, Turkey Necks, Chicken Necks, Duck Hearts, Duck Necks and Salmon Skins are among the favorites for our feline friends. Don’t forget to pick out a RAW BAR snack for your kitty that not only tastes great, but can also benefit their health.    

Everything in moderation

Because RAW BAR items are all natural protein sources, it’s important to only feed your pet RAW BAR snacks in moderation. Select the most appropriate snack for your pet’s size and supervise while feeding. Your dog or cat will be begging for more RAW BAR snacks, but resist the urge to feed too many at once so your pet doesn’t get an upset tummy.

Think seasonally

It can be fun to treat your pet based on the season. Is Thanksgiving coming up? How about allowing your pet to join the festivities by providing some yummy Turkey Necks! Christmas time? How about some freeze-dried Duck Heads, Hearts or Necks. Even better, throw in a Pig Ear so your pet is busy chewing instead of pestering your guests for table scraps. Friday night fish fry? Pick up some Cod Skins or Salmon Skins so your pet can participate! As a bonus, Salmon and Cod contain Omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce inflammation and help ease your pet’s shedding.

At Vital Essentials, we believe your pet deserves the very best nutrition. You’ll feel good about rewarding your pet with VE RAW BAR snacks because we only use USA single-sourced whole meats and vital organs. No matter what product you choose, your best fur-iend will love the RAW BAR! But don’t just take our word for it, give Vital Essentials a try and become a VE-liever. Find a VE RAW BAR store near you by visiting the Store Locator on Vital Essentials Website. To learn more, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or check out our growing collection of Blog posts.