Can you mix kibble with raw food?



There are a few questions that come up a lot when you are in the raw pet food business, so it makes sense for us to cover some of these here in the blog.


One question we get asked all the time is about safe transitioning to raw food and whether it is harmful to feed both kibble or dry dog food alongside  raw.


Thankfully our Vet Nurse Mel, part of our veterinary division here at Natures Menu, is now rather well versed in answering these questions, and has provided us with the following information to put the record straight!


“It’s usual advice to suggest not feeding raw and extruded biscuit (kibble) in the same meal, due to their differing digestion rates. Extruded foods (e.g. typical brown hard biscuit style) require high amounts of processing due to the various ingredients used, and this difference in digestion rates may cause upset in some sensitive dogs. 


If these two types of food are to be fed to the same dog, we would suggest feeding in two separate meals, roughly 12 hours apart i.e. biscuit in the morning and raw in the evening.


Mixing a cooked/tinned Natures Menu food is acceptable with raw food due to the similar digestion rate, however, we would always advise testing that your dog can tolerate the various foods before fully mixing by offering small amounts to begin with, and gradually increasing over a few days."


If you are new to raw feeding and are looking to transition your dog over to raw, head on over to our transition guide for more information.

Should you feed Kibble with Raw?

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Natures Menu

posted on 05/10/2016
Hello Genia, if you are feeding the complete raw meals/ nuggets you will not need to add any supplements. If you are creating your pet's meals at home using our just meat range you may wish to explore adding supplements here. We like Dorwest

You can find out more about your raw feeding options in our advice section:

Natures Menu

posted on 05/10/2016
Alison, yes this is fine - the Superfood Crunch is gently baked and complete, so you would just need to reduce the volume of raw complete to allow for that so that you are not over feeding. Hope this helps!


posted on 02/10/2016
Hi I have currently started feeding my dogs your raw nuggets and they love it. I'm just wondering if it's ok for me to add the crunch/ mixer to it as well? I don't want to do without finding out that it's ok to do so

Genia Brookes

posted on 30/08/2016
Have a 3 yr old gsd just in the process of changing over to natures menu raw food , my question is would you advise additional supplements ?


frederick smart

posted on 14/08/2016
I feed my 3 boxers and 1 staffie Arden Grange lamb and rice and tripe supplied by you both at the same time, and have had no problems at all, the Staffie was acquired from my daughter and he had terrible tummy problems when he came to me, I put him straight on AG and tripe and not looked back since no tummy problems at all now.

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