We recommend a straight switch to raw, there is no need to gradually introduce. Pick your day and make the switch to a totally healthy and natural diet! However, if you wish to add raw in increasing amounts, while decreasing the old food over 3-5 days, that is fine too.
There are no hard and fast rules here, so do what you feel is right for your dog and his or her needs. The most important thing is that you have chosen to make the switch, and whether you do right away or over a few days, you will be doing the best thing you could do for your doggo!
Prepare yourself for the switch by reading, researching, joining forums for support etc.
Make sure you have a good supply of raw food and know how much you're feeding. Raw is fed at 2-3% of the ideal adult weight (puppies at 2-3% of their ideal adult weight) so work out how much you will need to feed. Please refer to our Raw Dog Food Calculator for assistance.
For those switching to raw from processed feeds, we sell a very popular Switch to Raw Hamper.
The easy switch 4-week plan
Week 1: Turkey complete or lamb tripe and turkey complete
Week 2: Beef Tripe and Chicken Complete or lamb tripe and chicken
Week 3: Beef, rabbit and duck complete or beef heart tripe and chicken complete
Week 4: Paleo Plus Lamb and mint complete or Paleo Plus turkey and fish complete
Week 5: Try some more flavours from our Classic 80-10-10 range of complete feeds, or our Paleo Plus range of complete feeds. We also do some great hampers.
Now your dog is full transitioned, you should be seeing the many benefits of natural raw feeding! Excitement at mealtime, less upsets and/or allergies, Softer coat, cleaner teeth, healthier with more vitality, happy and fulfilled to mention a few!
Remember variety is key:
A balanced and nutritionally correct raw diet must include variety. You should be aiming to feed at least 5-6 different species ie Lamb, Beef, Duck, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Turkey etc over a 2-month period.
Fruit & veg
Many people like to add vegetables and/or fruit to their dog’s raw diet. This does no harm but is not essential. Dogs do not possess stomach enzymes capable of breaking down vegetable matter, so mostly it just passes through! A raw vegetable treat like a carrot or banana goes down well with many dogs and is certainly better than a processed treat.
Chewing on bones offers a great source of mental and physical enrichment for your dog. Bone should be fed sparingly and should always be supervised. Too much bone will cause constipation and could lead to impaction.
Dogs that are given bone to early when switching, often vomit it back up a few hours later (some don’t and that's fine too). This is because the stomach acids have not increased sufficiently to properly digest bones. Don’t panic! If they are sick and seem fine in every other way, they may just need a little more time for their stomach to adjust. We recommend waiting until you have finished the 4-week plan.
Raw fed dogs have much higher stomach acidity than kibble fed dogs. This is perfectly natural and is important in helping dogs to digest meat and bone.
Raw fed dogs obtain a lot of moisture from their food so you will notice your dog drinking less. If you are switching from kibble, there can be a very noticeable reduction in water intake. This is perfectly normal.
Dogs should always have unlimited access to fresh water.
Raw fed dogs poop much less. When switching to raw, dogs can often go a day or two without pooping at all. Raw is totally natural and as such is moisture rich and highly digestible. Waste it minimal as the body utilises all the moisture and goodness.
Raw fed dogs produce stools that are much smaller, and pellet-like. Often only passing stools once a day, sometimes skipping a day. This is totally normal. As long your dog is happy and comfortable, this is fine.
If you have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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