Cooking raw food for puppies & dogs

If you choose our cookable raw food for puppies and dogs, you can safely serve your pet’s meals raw or heat them up. 

Transitioning your puppy or dog to cooked Hug meals? A quick switch is often the best option.

Many owners can simply stop feeding the current food and swap it for our complete natural dog food the following day.

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If your puppy is a new arrival, we do recommend keeping them on the food they’re used to during the first week. Moving home can be stressful for a young pup, and many can become fussy eaters at this time. It’s best to let them settle before making the transition to our cooked, bone free puppy food.

Some dogs are picky eaters or have health concerns to factor in, such as digestive issues. In cases such as these, we recommend a gradual transition.

Transitioning to cooked food for dogs & puppies

For puppies, once they’re ready, you can slowly introduce Hug to their current diet.
For adult dogs, start by mixing Hug with their current food.

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Day 1-2

1/4 Hug 3/4 Current diet

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Day 3-5

1/2 Hug 1/2 Current diet

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Day 6-8

3/4 Hug 1/4 Current diet

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Day 9

100% Hug

Hug is proud to offer the best raw food for puppies and dogs.

When choosing your recipes, we recommend feeding a variety of proteins where possible. Each kind of meat contains different amino acids and therefore presents a different nutritional profile.

We offer mixed proteins in both our puppy and senior ranges, ensuring our meals deliver a whole host of nutritional benefits while remaining suitable for specific life stage needs.

Hygiene & storage

All Hug recipes are made using fresh raw ingredients and cuts of meat that are suitable for human consumption. We do not use green tripe in Hug food, so it’s safe to handle in the kitchen and can be stored in your fridge or freezer.

Depending on how soon you would like to feed it, you can defrost Hug food in your fridge or at room temperature, keeping it cool once defrosted. After you have defrosted and cooked Hug food, you can store it in the fridge and serve later, should you wish. The food is safe to keep refrigerated for 2 days once defrosted or cooked.

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Wash your hands with hot water and soap before and after handling your pet’s food.


Ideally, defrost raw food for puppies and dogs in the fridge as this will limit bacterial growth.

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Use a clear working area when preparing your raw pet food.

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Once defrosted and cooked, store Hug food in closed containers in the fridge, keeping it away from raw items as well as fresh fruit and veg.


Our cookable raw food for puppies and dogs can be cooked in its packaging. Microwave or empty into a pan and heat on the stove until fully browned. (See our How to cook page for full instructions.)

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Check its temperature before serving, then transfer to your pet’s bowl for feeding. If you prefer, it can be fed straight out of the tub it arrives and is cooked in.

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Wash and disinfect all surfaces and utensils that have been in contact with raw and cooked food for puppies and dogs.

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After each use, wash your pet’s bowls, dishes, and utensils with soap and hot water, rinse properly, and dry before the next use. If you’re using a dishwasher, wash using a high temperature setting.