The Method We Recommend to Easily & Safely
Transition Your Dog onto a Raw Diet
have experience behind us of having fed raw, and helped others
and change their dogs over for many yrs, and have also seen how often problems arise from
different methods used, and where
those methods do not cater to
safeguarding the owner who is new to raw-feeding, and their dog(s), and do not allow for the fact that studies show that it takes 5 days just for the body to 'begin' to adjust to new dietary changes, and can, in some cases, take up to a month for a dogs stomach acid to fully adjust to digesting bone, so we use a variable method which we adjust to suit the individual dependent on their digestive history, and have found it highly effective for a
smooth, simple, successful transition, where owner and dog are stressed
and worried as little as possible, and they don't end up with
constipation issues, or digestive issues, and owners don't end up feeling so overwhelmed that they give up.
thing, which is Very important, is to ask your food supplier what
bone is in the minces they are supplying for your dog.
times owners assume all mince is the same wherever it has come from, but this
could not be further from the truth, and each raw food supplier decides
what the level of bone in their mince will be, and
it can vary greatly,
which is a risk factor.
Our guide below is based on using 80:10:10 Balanced minces, if you are Not using these then please work with a professional to ensure your dog is getting a dietary balance from the start, we do Not
support leaving offal until week 3, or using just chicken for weeks/mths on end - your dog should have balance from the start as their body still needs those nutrients for normal bodily process's, that doesn't stop just because you change their diet.
When you come and see us, we will discuss your dogs history and needs with you and formulate a simple changeover guide specifically tailored to your dog and their needs.
the simple steps we give you for your dog/s are followed, it is a very rare
thing that there are ever any problems, but you will need to discuss
with us any digestive issues your dog has before launching into
transitioning, as it may be we would slightly tweak the diet for them,
or recommend inclusion of specific herbs or supplements to help support
suggest all dogs are transitioned onto 80:10:10 balanced minces for the first month, as sometimes dogs become very eager when changed to
raw as they love it so much, and so it is safer to transition them to
minces, then actual bones once they have settled down and stopped
gobbling their food so eagerly, it also makes it easier to
judge over the first month what your dogs approximate bone tolerance levels
Because these minces are balanced with bone, offal and meat measured out for you already, you can relax knowing that all basic nutritional needs are covered whilst you get your
head around the raw diet and become more comfortable with it, then you
can progress your dog to chunks, bones etc. at a comfortable pace for
yourself, and them.
Larger breeds need more than 10% bone, so we may also suggest some higher bone minces, or suitable meaty bones before the month is up if we feel your dog is ready.
The basic template we use for changing dogs (who have no known digestive issues or sensitivities or age/health issues) to raw, which is tweaked to suit each dog, is below. It is important to work with the support of a professional when changing your dog to a raw diet and this is especially important if dogs have any health issues or are elderly.
* In preparation for changing to a raw diet:
Feed last dried food one day, if possible give your dog/s a 'fast' day the next day for lowest risk of digestive upset.
If this is not possible, feed last dried one evening, skip morning meal, then start raw that evening (this is different for young puppies as they should not go without meals).
Days 1-7: 'Chicken & Tripe' minced mix.
Days 7-14 (If all is going well - go at your dogs pace): 'Beef & Chicken' minced mix for first 4 days, then you can bring in Chicken & tripe also.
Days 14-21 (If all is going well): 'Fish & Chicken' minced mix for first 4 days, then other minces already had can be worked in.
Days 21-28(If all is going well): 'Lamb and Chicken' minced mix, or Turkey if lower fat options are needed for first 4 days, then other minces already had can be worked in.
If all is going well at the end of Wk 4, we suggest all the above proteins can be fed each week, adding 1 new one also depending on how well your dog is doing, so they can have Chicken, Tripe, Oily Fish, Beef, Lamb/Turkey, with 1 new protein added a week.
* We recommend a minimum or 4-5+ different proteins be fed over the course of a week for optimum nutritional coverage, and for total coverage, whole prey.
* It is recommended that unless your dog is on a diet consisting of
whole prey, that every day they do not have oily fish, they have an
extra omega 3 oil supplement added to their diet, we are able to help with this.
* We encourage 15-20% (on top of the meat:organ:bone amounts)
fruit/veg/herbs be included in your dogs diet to give valuable extra
antioxidants (this can be dropped to 5-10% if feeding fur, feathers
etc.). We suggest this is done from week 3 or 4 to minimise upset
through too much new being added all at once.
Vegetation in the diet can also provide a good source of roughage if
you are not feeding any fur, but for those not feeding whole prey, we
do have dried fur treats we would encourage you to feed, which will
not only provide that roughage, but also acts as a natural wormer.
Suitable fruit/veg for dogs are Berries, Dark Leafy Greens, Seaweeds
and Herbs.Avoid anything from the Allium family other than garlic, and avoid the nightshade plants.
It is Vital you watch stools closely during the 1st week especially, and if stools are still looking white/crumbly/v hard by end of day 3, start day 4 with a meal of totally bone-free, like 'Chicken Meat/Only' without delay;
this will not impair the changeover at all, but your dog will not be fully digesting the bone for at least 5 days when they start raw, and whereas for up to 3 days the bone will facilitate a bowel clearout, which is good, but after that if not addressed it will cause constipation and discomfort for your dog which if left untreated will need a visit to the vet. By day 5 most dogs have made the digestive adjustments needed to be digesting the bone, but some may still need the odd bone-free meal if their bone tolerance level does not enable them to cope with 10% bone.
NEVER want your dog to have to strain, stools should be firm enough to
hold their shape, and be picked up with just 2 fingers,
any trace behind, BUT they should NOT be so hard that your pet takes
much longer to 'Go' or needs to be walked,
or fed boneless or offal to
your dog is settled on the minces, and you're happy with the
are on, then you can look at bringing in chunks, bones
prey to replace some mince meals, increasing until you
are happy you
have found the diet that suits them.