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Safe Transitioning Info.
www.naturallyhealthydogs.co.uk
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We have experience behind us of having fed raw, and helped others
feed raw 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.

First thing, which is Very important, is to ask your food supplier what
% of bone is in the minces they are supplying for your dog.
Too many times owners assume all minces are 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 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.
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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.

When 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 their system.

We 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 are.
Because these minces are balanced with bone, offal and meat measured out for you already, you can relax knowing that basic nutritional needs are covered whilst you get your head around the raw diet and become more comfortable with it, then you can add necessary vegetable/fruit matter to complete the diet; and later on 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.

 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 from a dried food, it is best to feed last dried food one day, and if possible give your dog/s a 'fast' day the next day for lowest risk of digestive upset.
If this is not possible, we will advise based on individual.

* We recommend a minimum or 4-5+ different proteins be fed over the course of a week for optimum nutritional coverage once fully transitioned with the addition of suitable beneficial fruit/veg/seaweed, and extra omega 3 oil on days when no oily fish is eaten, or, for total coverage, whole prey.

* We encourage 15-20% (on top of the meat:organ:bone amounts)
suitable 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.).
Vegetation in the diet can also provide a good source of micronutrients, antioxidants and roughage (if you are not feeding any fur).
For those not feeding whole prey, we 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.
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You 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,
leaving barely 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 soften them.

Once your dog is settled on the minces, and you're happy with the
range they are on, then you can look at bringing in chunks, bones
and/or whole prey to replace some mince meals, increasing until you
are happy you have found the diet that suits them.






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