Feeding Raw While Traveling      

Traveling while feeding the BARF diet has got to be the most challenging part of it all.   For awhile we traveled in a motorhome, but even then, there was not enough freezer space to feed eight dogs during even the shortest of trips. 

We've now taken to traveling in a van, packed with a cooler (in fact, some of the newer coolers plug into your cigarette lighter).   We seek out hotels that will provide a refrigerator (you'd be surprised how many do have them available if you ask) and purchase additional food along the way.   Since many of our puppy owners and friends feed raw, they often times help us out by stocking up on the basics when we're coming to visit. 

All in all, it's not as difficult as you would imagine.  Here are a few suggestions while on the road...

1.  Purchase "family packs" of ground beef or turkey, as well as  chicken wings while you are on the road.  We usually stop for a quick "shop" about every two days.

2. Canned Mackerel/Salmon is a Godsend as are sardines with the handy pop tops. 

3. Cottage Cheese/Yogurt can be found anywhere and keeps easily in the cooler.

4. Substitute Natural Applesauce for fruits and thaw Frozen Veggies and mash.  Or, purchase jars of babyfood...green beans, sweet potato, squash...  V8 juice is also good in a pinch.

5.  Buy "Soup Bones" from the grocery store as your recreational bones.  This also helps keep the dogs from getting bored while traveling.

6. For dogs who have stomach problems while traveling, carry canned pumpkin (real pumpkin, not pie filling).  This will clear up both diarrhea and constipation.

7.  Buy oil in gel caplets (they keep better) and bring a small scissors to cut them in half and drain the oil.

8.  Mix your powdered supplements in a salt/pepper shaker that can be opened and closed again to keep them from spilling.

*Please note that in the case that you are boarding your dog and/or your dog will be in the care of a professional handler while traveling, you will need to discuss up front how you would like your dog fed (and oftentimes pay extra accordingly).  It is difficult for kennel operators and handlers to feed a raw diet and many will say that they'll feed it, only to toss it and give your dog kibble instead.  Be sure that you are indeed getting what you're paying for.  Being away from you is stressful enough without a change of diet on top of it.  If you aren't confident that your dog will be fed the way that you want him to be, consider going somewhere else, or switching diets prior to leaving for your trip.