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Transitioning to Raw

We have helped thousands of pet owners with the transition! It’s easier than you think. Successfully transitioning to a new raw food diet can take up to 3 weeks because there are significant differences in the digestive process between raw and kibble.

Select a Method to Learn More

We recommend 2 methods to transition from dry to raw food.

Immediate Transition

Fast your pet for 12-24 hours and make the switch in 1 day!

Day 1

After their last kibble meal, fast for 12-24 hours.

Day 2

Offer 1/2 the serving of raw, wait 15 mins. before offering remaining portion.

For more raw feeding tips visit our FAQ section below.

FAQ

Gradual Transition

Over a period of 5-10 days begin to replace the current dry food with raw.

Day 1

Start with approximately 25% raw and 75% kibble for the first 2 days.

Day 3

Add another 25% raw to the bowl for the next 2 days.

Day 5

By day 5,the bowl should be about 75% raw.

JOUR 7

After about a week, your pet should be close to consuming 100% raw.

Tips for an Easier Transition

Start with a Poultry Protein

Chicken, turkey or duck are recommended. Rabbit is also a great starting point, as these proteins are often easier to digest.

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Add a Probiotic such as Thrive ProGut

Helps support and improve your pet’s digestive health. Highly recommended for pets making the transition to a raw food diet.

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Serve the First Raw Meal at Room Temperature

Cold food can cause vomiting. Consider serving in a slow-feeding bowl, as pets new to raw can get over-excited and eat too quickly.

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Add Thrive Pumpkin Powder

Helps prevent loose stools or constipation. Thrive Pumpkin Powder is an all natural and effective way to treat common canine digestive upset.

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After the Switch

During the first 7 - 14 days, your pet may experience digestive upset including gas, loose stools, mucous in stool, and may vomit yellow or white phlegm.

Digestion is Different for Raw Food

The enzymes required to break down a raw diet vs. a processed diet are very different. The pancreas has to adapt - adding raw goat milk or a digestive enzyme can make this transition easier.

Raw Food is Mostly Moisture

The amount of bile needed to break down raw food is less because it is 65%-75% moisture. Your pet's stomach will adjust to the amount required.

Higher Calorie Intake

A raw diet is higher in calories with less volume. Your pet may seem hungrier, but the stomach will adjust and these sensations will be less noticeable in a week or so.

Choosing a Meal Type

Get started by choosing a meal type best suited for your dog. We have three meal types for you to choose from - learn more about our meals below.

Dîners

A complete NRC meal for dogs! Each meal is a blend of lean muscle meats, finely ground bone, organ meats, fruit and vegetables and various greens. Raw feeding has never been more simple!

  • Made Up of:

    70%
    Viande
    10%
    Ground Bone
    10%
    Organes
    10%
    Fruit & Vegetables
  • Available Proteins:

    Boeuf
    Bison
    Poulet
    Canard
    Fish
    Agneau
    Porc
    Dinde
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Mélanges exclusifs

Our Signature Blend Recipes are made up of a blend of 3 proteins for optimal nutrition. These recipes do not contain any fruits or vegetables, making them a great option for both dogs and cats with allergies.

  • Made Up of:

    80%
    Viande
    10%
    Ground Bone
    10%
    Organes
  • Available Proteins:

    Mélange de l’éleveur
    Mélange campagnard
    Turkey Salmon lamb
    Mélange de gibier
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Formules Pures

These single protein meal options are recommended for both dogs and cats with fruit and vegetable sensitivities. Available in popular proteins such as chicken and beef, as well as novel proteins including rabbit and kangaroo, there's an option for every picky eater!

  • Made Up of:

    80%
    Viande
    10%
    Ground Bone
    10%
    Organes
  • Available Proteins:

    Boeuf
    Poulet
    Dinde
    Canard
    Agneau
    Kangourou
    Porc
    Lapin
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Fare Game

A complete NRC meal for cats! Each meal is a blend of lean muscle meats, finely ground bone, organ meats, and greens. Each Fare Game meal contains two or three proteins. They are complete and balanced meals to NRC standards for cats, and are the go-to choice for most of our customers.

  • Made Up of:

    75%
    Viande
    15%
    Organes
    10%
    Ground Bone
    <1%
    Greens
  • Available Proteins:

    Chicken & Salmon with Beef
    Quail & Duck with Lamb
    Rabbit with Pork
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Mélanges exclusifs

Our Signature Blend Recipes are made up of a blend of 3 proteins for optimal nutrition. These recipes do not contain any fruits or vegetables, making them a great option for both dogs and cats with allergies.

  • Made Up of:

    80%
    Viande
    10%
    Ground Bone
    10%
    Organes
  • Available Proteins:

    Mélange de l’éleveur
    Mélange campagnard
    Turkey Salmon lamb
    Mélange de gibier
Shop Signature Blends

Formules Pures

These single protein meal options are recommended for both dogs and cats with fruit and vegetable sensitivities. Available in popular proteins such as chicken and beef, as well as novel proteins including rabbit and kangaroo, there's an option for every picky eater!

  • Made Up of:

    80%
    Viande
    10%
    Ground Bone
    10%
    Organes
  • Available Proteins:

    Boeuf
    Poulet
    Dinde
    Canard
    Agneau
    Kangourou
    Porc
    Lapin
Shop Pure Formulas

Beef Dinner Carton - 4 lb

Big Country Raw Beef Dinner is hands down the best available, just ask our customers!

We use lean, high-quality muscle meat from pasture-raised beef cattle. Quality you can see the moment you open the box and serve this up. Watch your dog lick the bowl clean following this delicious meal! Hormone & antibiotic free, pasture-raised Canadian beef.

Monthly Raw Food Cost Calculator

Adjust the slider to reflect your cat’s weight for a raw food cost estimate. For a more in-depth analysis complete our meal planner questionnaire.

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Big Country Raw FAQ

Have Questions for Us?

Here are some of thr most common questions our customer's have. Don't see what you're looking for? Our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Peut-on offrir des aliments crus et des croquettes simultanément?

Yes, you can feed both kibble and raw.  We know that this is a controversial topic for many people, as generally speaking kibble and raw digest differently. For this reason, many people suggest avoiding feeding both at the same time, and would suggest separating the meals.

We have studied the various research and also conducted our own customer polling and trials to determine that every dog is unique and individual needs vary. What may work well for one, may not be the best choice for your dog or cat. In the end, we have decided that it would be better that dogs and cats have even some fresh raw food in their diet than none at all.

Si vous décidez d’offrir de la nourriture sèche et de la nourriture crue simultanément, voici quelques conseils:

  1. Choose the best high quality dry dog food you can find.
  2. Do a trial of feeding exclusively 100% raw food first. This will help strengthen the digestive system and make it more capable of deriving the full nutrients out of a raw food diet.
  3. The true benefits of feeding raw are not as noticeable when feeding raw less than 20% of the entire diet. If you want better results, such as smaller stools, less shedding, fresher breath and no odours, it may be necessary to switch to 100% raw.
  4. Si votre chien ou votre chat commence à éprouver des troubles digestifs, y compris des vomissements ou de la diarrhée, nous conseillons d’offrir les repas en alternance. Par exemple, les aliments crus pour le repas du matin et les croquettes pour celui du soir. Vous pouvez également alterner de jour en jour, un jour pour la nourriture sèche et un jour pour les aliments crus.

How do I know how much to feed my pet, and how do I measure or weigh the food?

We recommend to feed your pet 2% of your dog’s ideal body weight in food per day. Simply take the total and divide into how many meals you are feeding per day. For example 50 lb dog x 2% = 1.  This means your pet requires 1 lb. per day. Divided into 2 meals = 1/2 lb. per serving.

Another quick way to determine how much to feed is to replace every 1 cup of dry food (high quality grain free) with 1/2 lb. of raw. If your dog is currently eating 3 cups of dry food per day = 1.5 lbs. of raw per day.

Feeding Portion Guidelines:

Your average 12-13 lb dog requires 1/4 lb of food daily

Your average 25 lb dog requires 1/2 lb of food daily

Your average 50 lb dog requires 1 lb of food daily

Your average 75 lb dog requires 1 1/2 lb of food daily

Your average 100 lb dog requires 2 lb of food daily and so on

To determine the monthly cost, simply use the sliding scale on this page. Move the scale to your pet’s ideal weight to estimate your monthly feeding cost.

Portioning Tools

We offer a kitchen scale that is perfect for portioning out your pet’s Big Country Raw. it has a 10 lb capacity – large enough for any breed. It’s easy to use and even easier to clean!

Chaque emballage scellé sous vide de nos boîtes de 4 livres contient une livre.  Si votre chien consomme 1/4 de livre quotidiennement, vous pouvez diviser le paquet en 4 portions égales.  Même chose pour 1/3 de livre = 3 jours ou 1/2 livre = 2 jours.

Conversion des mesures de nourriture crue en mesures de nourriture sèche

Une autre astuce pratique consiste à se rappeler que de manière générale, ½ livre d’aliments crus équivaut à une tasse de nourriture sèche (sans grains, de haute qualité).  Si vous donniez 2 tasses de nourriture sèche à votre chien par jour, il va probablement manger une livre d’aliments crus quotidiennement.

Puis-je décongeler et recongeler la nourriture?

Yes. To thaw food safely we recommend the following:

  1. Thaw in the refrigerator. If you thaw food at room temperature, in a sink with cold water or in a microwave, you must use thawed food within 3 days.  Do not re-freeze.  Only food thawed in a refrigerator can be re-frozen.
  2. Répartissez la nourriture en portions individuelles.
  3. Re-freeze immediately.
  4. Once thawed for the second time, use the food within 24 hours.

Décongeler, recongeler et redécongeler la viande peut causer une certaine perte d’humidité et de qualité du produit.

Puis-je décongeler la nourriture au micro-ondes?

Yes, but this is not our recommended method of thawing our products. If you have forgotten to thaw food, often sitting the food in some lukewarm water will help thaw it quickly. Many dogs will also eat their raw food frozen.

Puis-je offrir les produits de Big Country Raw à ma chienne enceinte?

Yes! Pregnancy and lactation place a high demand on your dog’s dietary needs. Ensuring your pregnant bitch has the required nutrients to maintain optimal health during pregnancy is best achieved with a high quality balanced raw diet. For more information on raw feeding during pregnancy please visit our Page de l’éleveur..

How do I transition my pet to a raw diet?

You have two options for the transition, and we suggest starting with a poultry meal for the first couple of days. Next, we recommend a rotation of three or more proteins including red and white meat.

  1. Feed the last kibble meal and the first raw meal 8-12 hours apart, it’s just that simple!
  2. Start adding progressively more raw to the kibble meal during a week.
  • Day 1-2 : 25% raw, 75% kibble
  • Day 3-4 : 50% raw, 50% kibble
  • Day 5-6 : 75% raw, 25% kibble
  • Day 7: 100% raw

You can also add the Big Country Raw Fermented Goat Milk for probiotics and poudre de citrouille Thrive  (dogs only) for extra fiber to help with the transition for the first couple of days (up to 1-2 weeks).

Pouvez-vous recommander un plan de repas pour mon chien ou mon chat?

Yes! Our certified Pet Nutritionalists are happy to help provide a customized meal plan just for your pet. Please complete the form ici.

Puis-je offrir les produits Big Country Raw à mon chiot?

Yes! It’s never too early to start your puppy on Big Country Raw.  They will experience a tremendous growth spurt in the next several months and providing them with optimal nutrients is very important.

Big Country Raw Dinner meals are balanced with the correct nutrient amounts and ratios as recommended by NRC for all life stages. All of our meals are packed with naturally occurring bioavailable minerals and vitamins to ensure your puppy will mature into a healthy adult.

Are Big Country Raw diets endorsed by veterinarians?

Yes, Our products are widely recommended by veterinarians in clinics across Canada and are proudly sold at several veterinarian offices as well.

Who we are ?

Nous facilitons l’adoption d’un régime d’aliments crus!

Nos emballages pratiques et nos repas crus délicieux et équilibrés font partie de la manière sans stress et sans dégât de passer à un régime d’aliments crus!

Nous croyons que les aliments crus et naturels sont la clé d’une santé optimale pour votre chien ou votre chat et qu’il n’est jamais trop tôt ou trop tard pour effectuer la transition!

Notre vaste sélection d’articles, de menu, des Repas avec viande, os, abats, fruits et légumes, aux formule pures en passant par les Mélanges, est conçue pour répondre à tous les goûts!

Quels articles de menu suggérez-vous pour les chats?

Fare Game formulas are complete and balanced meals for cats and are the number one recommended option. Blends et Pures are our second recommended options to feed cats, as they require additional supplementation. Many smaller bones are also a great meal replacement such as: Cailles entières, Chicken Necks et Pattes de poulet de Cornouailles. Goat Milk is also a very popular menu item for our feline friends! Nearly all the Thrive supplements are suitable for cats too.

Puis-je offrir les produits Big Country Raw à mon chaton?

Yes! It’s never too early to start your kitten on Big Country Raw, and for cats the earlier the better. They will experience a tremendous growth spurt in the next several months and providing them with optimal nutrients is very important.

Big Country Raw Fare Game meals are balanced with the correct nutrient amounts and ratios as recommended by NRC for all life stages. All of our meals are packed with naturally occurring bioavailable minerals and vitamins to ensure your kittens will mature into a healthy adult.

Mon chat est constipé depuis qu’il a adopté un régime d’aliments crus. Que puis-je faire pour l’aider?

Constipation can happen more quickly with cats that have eaten processed high carbohydrate based dry food diets. Over time, your cat may have lost elasticity in the bowel, which can lead to constipation quickly on a raw food diet. We recommend offering the Fare Game or the red meat  Formules Pures which have a lower % of calcium (beef, pork, lamb, kangaroo). You can also add some Pur tripe de boeuf ou Mélange d'abats de boeuf to your cat’s diet to help soften stools.

Can I feed dehydrated bones to my dog or cat? What about smoked bones?

Yes!  Dehydrated bones are a great option for dogs and cats.  They can also be a great introduction to chewing fresh raw bones for some dogs. Dehydrated bones should be supervised when feeding.  Gulping or swallowing without chewing properly is the biggest concern here.  Always read and follow the label.

Nous vendons plusieurs sortes d’os déshydratés dont: Ailes de canard Hero Treat, Pattes de canard Pattes de poulet,et Kangaroo Ribs.

We do not recommend smoked bones.  There are some reputable options available for consumers but most smoked bones contain nitrates (preservatives). Another big concern as well is that many smoked bones available in today’s pet food stores are made in China.   Similarly to the jerky treat concerns from China, smoked bones are not something we would suggest offering regularly to your pet.   If you do offer your pet a smoked treat, we suggest looking for a locally made or artisan smoked bone that would offer some guarantee that it is a high quality treat.

Quelle est la différence entre les os de type substituts de repas et les os de type récréatifs?

Meal replacement bones are usually non-weight bearing bones that can be eaten entirely.  The total weight of the bone counts towards your pet’s total daily food intake as well.  Good examples of meal replacement bones would be Turkey Necks, Duck Necks, Queue d'agneau ou Pattes de poulet.

Recreational Bones are weight bearing or harden bone that is more of a complicated chew.  These often have some meat and sinews but are predominately bone and are not intended to be eaten entirely.  Good examples of a recreational chewing bone is Marrow bone, Flat Rib Bone, Pork Tibiaou le Beef neck bone.

Combien d’os mon chien ou mon chat devrait-il consommer par semaine?

Nous suggérons entre 2 et 3 os par semaine. Vous pouvez bien sûr décider vous-même de la quantité. Idéalement, vous devriez offrir une combinaison d’os substituts de repas et d’os récréatifs.

Bones provide dental benefit (cleaner teeth and gums) but also mental and physical exercise as well.  Chewing a raw bone for 30 minutes is equal to a 30 minute. walk for your dog.

What is the difference between Thrive Taurine and Thrive Gold line Taurine?

Big Country Raw offers two Taurine supplements.

Thrive Taurine 200 grams is our original Thrive taurine supplement.  This supplement contains food grade taurine of 98.5% purity.  The country of origin for this supplement is China.  In 2019 nearly 94% of all taurine was produced in China with over 50% of this produced for pet foods.

Thrive Gold Line Taurine 150 grams is our newest taurine supplement.  This is a pharmaceutical grade taurine with 99% purity and the country of origin in Japan. Although China dominates the market for taurine supplements, many consumers are critical of supplements for pet food procured from China, especially following the melamine tainted wheat gluten and vegetable protein from China in 2007.  Some of our retail partners have strong policy statements regarding country of origin sourcing after that incident, and for this reason Big Country Raw has both options.

The dosage is the same for both products. We would advise our customers that both products offer the same benefits to their pets and to make a purchase decision based on availability and budget rather than on product efficacy.

Est-ce que la dose recommandée des suppléments Thrive est par jour ou par repas?

The dosage is per day. You can feed the entire daily dose in one meal if the portion is small, or if you find it easier to add supplements only once per day. Otherwise you can split the daily dose into each meal.

Les repas de Big Country Raw sont-ils complets?

Big Country Raw Dinner and Fare Game formulas contain all essential nutrients necessary to the dietary needs of dogs and cats. In the formulation of our recipes we use the dietary recommendations for main nutrients, minerals, vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids set forth by The Nutrient Requirements for Dogs and Cats by the National Research Council.

However, we believe that a truly complete and balanced diet requires the following:

To view the full nutrient panel for all our products, please visit our online store. Click the menu item and choose the “Nutrient Facts” tab for full nutrient content information.

Big Country Raw does not use any synthetic vitamin or mineral pre-mixes, but relies on real nutrients found in fresh raw meat, organ meat, ground raw meaty bones, and fruits, vegetables and greens.

What is the difference between Dinners, Pure Formulas, Blends and Fare Game?

Dîners contain one or two proteins consisting of muscle meat (70%), bone (10%), organ meat (10%), fruit & vegetables and greens (10%). Dinners are complete and balance meals (to NRC standards) for dogs and are the go to choice for most of our customers and truly make raw feeding simple!

Blends are our signature menu items exclusive to Big Country Raw. Blends contain only muscle meat (80%), bone (10%) and organ meats (10%) with no added fruits and vegetables. These are some of our best sellers as our “customers” love the tastes we’ve created! We suggest supplementing our Blends with  le varech Thrive ou le Tri-minéral Thrive for trace minerals.

Formules Pures contain meat (80%), bone (10%) and organ meat (10%) with no added fruit and vegetables. Pure Formulas are single protein options, which makes them ideal for dogs with allergies, allowing you to add your own fruits, vegetables and supplements that are best for your dog. We suggest supplementing with Thrive Fortify ou le Tri-minéral Thrive for trace minerals.

Fare Game Formulas contain two or three proteins consisting of muscle meat (75%), bone (10%), organ meat (15%), and greens (< 1%). They are complete and balance meals (to NRC standards) for cats and are the go to choice for most of our customers and truly make raw feeding simple for their feline! They also work great for ferrets and very adult dogs.

Every meal that doesn’t include fish should be supplemented with a fish oil (Thrive Herring or Salmon), whole fish, or a menu item containing fish. Thrive Hemp Seed Oil is another great option that pairs well with red meat.

Do I have access to home delivery?

To find out if you are in Big Country Raw’s direct delivery zone, please go to: https://bigcountryraw.ca/find-us/#bcr_raw_goddness

Outside our delivery zone? Let’s find out if a store near you does home delivery! https://bigcountryraw.ca/find-us/

Faites-vous la livraison de vos produits à l’extérieur du Canada?

Notre service de livraison ne dessert pas les États-Unis pour le moment.

Puis-je commander en ligne et faire livrer mes articles chez mon détaillant local?

No. Each BCR retailer is privately owned and operated. We unfortunately cannot accept online orders on behalf of retailers. Many of our retailers do accept special orders for their customers, and because we ship to most retailers every week, you can get your order just as quickly as if you ordered directly from us! Simply call or email your retailer to place your order with them directly.  Click ici pour trouver votre détaillant local.

Où est disponible le service de livraison de Big Country Raw?

Big Country Raw ships across Canada!

If you live in Southern Ontario we make delivery direct to most doors. Check to see if you are in our delivery area ici.

We currently only offer Canada Post or Courier shipping for non-perishable products to:

  • Northern Ontario
  • Quebec (Montreal and surrounding areas)
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Newfoundland

Orders shipping to addresses in these areas will receive delivery within 3 – 5 business days.  We ship via Canada Post for most of our shipments.  Orders ship out Monday to Friday within 24 hours of placing an online order.  Our order desk will send an email with details, including tracking, once the order is confirmed and ready to ship.

Quelle est l’heure de tombée pour ma journée de livraison?

Nous avons besoin d’un minimum de 24 heures pour emballer et expédier votre commande. Voici l’heure de tombée selon votre journée de livraison:

Tuesday Delivery – Sunday at 12:00pm

Livraison le mercredi = Lundi à 12h

Livraison le jeudi = Mardi à 12h

Livraison le vendredi = Mercredi à 12h

Est-ce que ma journée de livraison est affectée par les jours fériés?

We do our best to keep our delivery routes as consistent as possible even when there is a holiday. We will post notifications on the website and our social media pages if there is a change to the delivery routes. We do have a Christmas Delivery Schedule posted to our website every December. Please check our home page for these updates as well.

Est-ce que je peux demander que ma livraison soit effectuée à une heure précise?

Unfortunately we are unable to schedule routes to meet our customers work schedules. We do provide a few convenient options to help facilitate management of your raw food orders.

  • We notify our customers via email the day prior with an approximate time of when they should expect their order. This will allow you some time to plan your day or make arrangements to have someone home to accept delivery.
  • We offer THERMAL COOLER BAGS for purchase ($12.99 each) that hold up to 72 lbs. of product. If you are not home, our driver will place your order in a cooler bag to prevent it from thawing.
  • Nous vous enverrons un courriel afin de vous aviser que votre livraison a été effectuée. Si vous n’êtes pas à la maison pour accepter la livraison d’une commande, vous pouvez planifier de revenir à la maison rapidement.

 We realize that home delivery is not always the most suitable option for all our customers. Our products are also available at hundreds of retail locations! Find your local retailer ici.

Est-ce que Big Country Raw effectue la livraison dans les immeubles à appartements et les condos?

Yes, we are able to make delivery to customers living in condos or apartments. We do require that your building have delivery parking access. If there is no curbside parking we will not be able to make delivery. Please include a buzz code and apartment unit # in your shipping address. Due to Fire Regulations, we Nous ne laissons pas de commande dans les couloirs.Vous devez être à la maison pour accepter la livraison de votre commande.

Y a t’il un montant minimum de commande pour l’admissibilité au service de livraison?

There is no order minimum. Orders over $100 before tax ship free within our home delivery area. Under $100 there would be a $9.99 delivery fee.

Ai-je besoin d’un sac thermique pour me faire livrer ma commande à la maison?

Thermal Bags are available for purchase from Big Country Raw. Each bag holds up to 72 lbs of food and can be re-used. If they are left out for the driver, we will put your raw food order in the bag.

If you have a cooler, or other grocery thermal bags available and would like us to use them, please make them available for our driver. It is also helpful to leave a note in the order comments section as to where you are leaving any type of cooler, so the driver knows where to find it.

Puis-je retourner un produit?

Yes! We stand behind our products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We promise to make a return as simple as possible.

For a return with a retailer, please bring your proof of purchase and the products you are returning. Your retailer will be able to provide a refund or exchange.

If you purchased our products online, you can fill out a return request here.

Il y a une erreur de produit dans ma commande. Comment régler ce problème?

We apologize for our packing error. We do make mistakes from time to time, so we appreciate your understanding. Please notify us as soon as possible regarding any order packing errors. To report an error please contact us at – info@bigcountryraw.ca and quote the order number in your correspondence. We will do our best to resolve your concerns as quickly as possible.

J’ai été sur-facturé ou sous-facturé pour un article. Comment régler ce problème?

Nous vous présentons nos excuses pour cette erreur de facturation. Il nous arrive parfois de faire des erreurs et nous apprécions votre compréhension. Veuillez nous avertir le plus rapidement possible concernant toute erreur de facturation. Pour signaler une erreur, communiquez avec le bureau des commandes à l’adresse - orders@bigcountryraw.ca et mentionner le numéro de facture dans votre message. Nous ferons de notre mieux afin de résoudre le problème le plus rapidement possible.

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