DOGS OVER TO RAW DIET
Our own changeover guide,
formulated with a Qualified Nutritional Consultant and Holistic Vet Approved.
The chart below gives you an approximate starting point for working out approx
daily feed amount based on current weight and age – tweak up/down to suit
7-10wks : 8-10 %
10-16wks : 7-8%
16-20wks : 6-7%
20-24wks : 5-6%
24-36wks : 4-5%
36-68wks : 3-5%
68wks+ : stabilising to the 2-3%
To Lose weight = 1.5-2%
To Stay the
same = 2-2.5%
To Gain weight = 3-3.5%
*Smaller breeds may be ready to
have food reduced sooner as they mature faster.
*The ‘ideal’ condition to aim
for, is to be able to feel and count every rib, but not feel spine or in
between ribs, or see ribs.
Prior to the changeover we have 3 days
where we integrate some raw into your dogs normal daily food to prepare the
stomach acid in strength.
Day 1: Replace ¼
Day 2: replace ½ food
with bone-free raw mince.
Day 3: As in day 2, replacing ½ food
with bone-free raw mince.
We suggest you use only minces for the
first month until your dog is settled and therefore less likely to gulp, and
you have had time to get your head around, and feel comfortable with feeding
Wk 1: feed Chicken & Tripe mixed
mince for a week, watching stools. If stools are still immediately
crumbly/white/like stones by day 3, give a bone-free mince for next meal or add
Psyllium Husk to meal, 1tsp:5lbs bodyweight.
Wk2 ‘If All Is Going Well’ bring in Beef & Chicken mince for 3 days, then feed Chicken & Tripe for the remaining 4 days, watching for any sign of potential issues.
Wk3 bring in Oily Fish & Chicken mince
for 3 days, then feed Chicken & Tripe for
the remaining 4 days, watching for any sign of issues from the first 3 days new
End of wk 3 ‘If All Is Going Well’ we suggest you add the extra supplements
needed to make your dogs raw diet as complete as possible. Many find the
specially formulated dehydrated ‘Smartbarf’ or Hedgerow Hounds ‘Natures Bounty’
mix, and Salmon/Flaxseed Oil the simplest and best way to do this.
Wk 4 we introduce Lamb & Chicken mince for 3 days in the same way, then back to Chicken & Tripe,.....Go at your dogs pace.
Small, formed, holds shape, barely leaves a trace when
picked up = perfect
V small and hard, crumbly, white = too much bone, bring in some plain tripe or extra Offal
to prevent constipation
Soft, not holding shape =
little bone/too much offal
Introduce some high Bone Items (Wings, Spine, Carcass, Sternum/Ribs), review offal amounts if using chunks
now you can introduce further minces, at a rate of 1 or 2 a week, Turkey, Fish,
Duck, Venison, Rabbit etc. – we suggest you leave pork until after trying Duck,
if you want to give it, and give small amounts the first time as it is a mince
some do not cope well with.
If you have a Lge breed or larger, we
recommend at the end of the first month you look at adding a meaty bone to
their food to bring the bone content up.
When you’re ready, you can look into meaty
bones and chunks, but then need to be remembering to balance out the ratios of
meat/bone & offal that suits your dog.
There is no rush.
We also have natural and herbal products for fleas,
worms etc. to help minimize the amount of toxin load on your pet.
Dog may appear to lose weight in first couple of weeks,
this will be excess fat reserves being dropped, then body will ‘muscle-up’
being heavier but more trim and shapely.
Charts may now no longer be reliable,
check your dogs condition by ensuring you can always feel and count every rib,
but not feel in between ribs or see spine.
possible to give 1 meal a day is best, if this does not work for your dog feed
1-2 times daily.
Toy breeds & Sight-hounds may need up to 4 meals daily and higher % of food
due to higher metabolism.
Nervous/anxious/working/high-energy dogs may burn up energy more and need more
food, dogs who don’t do much may need less.
If you choose to give your dog a bone, Always stay with them whilst they
eat it, to be safe.
This is the main guide we tweak from for each individual.