How do you transition your pet to raw feeding?

How do you transition your pet to raw feeding?

Here are the top 5 ways to transition your pet to Raw

  1. Cold Turkey Approach

    • Best for Young Pets

    • How doe it work?

      • No Instructions needed, just start feeding raw!

    • Pros

      • Your dogs health will drastically change right way

    • Cons

      • Changing your dogs diet too quickly can result in diarrhea. Diarrhea or GI issues are just caused from the sudden change in diet.

  2. Treat First Approach

    • Best for healthy pets and young pets

    • How does it work?

      • Day 1: use the raw food as a treat

        • Keep an eye on your pets stool

      • Day 2-4: Increase the amount of raw food treats

      • Day 5: if the stool is normal, replace one whole meal of old food with new food.

      • Day 5-7: Do this for the next several days. If the stool remains normal, stop the old food and feed raw from now on.

    • Pros

      • Still a rapid switch to raw

    • Cons

      • Still potential for stomach upset

  3. Combined Approach

    • Best for all pets, senior pets and pets with sensitive digestive systems

    • How does it work?

      • Each day you feed less dry food

        • Day 1: Feed 1/8th raw, 7/8 dry

        • Day 2: feed 1/4th raw, 3/4 dry

        • Day 3: feed 1/2 raw, 1/2 dry

        • Day 4: feed 3/4th raw, 1/4th dry

        • Day 5: feed 7/8th raw, 1/8th dry

        • Day 6: feed 100% raw

    • Pros

      • Good choice for reducing stomach upset. Works well for pets who are weirded out by raw food.

    • Cons

      • Requires lots of work & can be inconvenient.

  4. Separate Meals Approach

    • Best for all pets, senior pets, pets with sensitive digestive systems

    • How does it work?

      • Follow the same guide as the combined approach, just feed the raw in a separate bowls and at separate times.

    • Pros

      • Great for reducing stomach upset.

      • Great for people who do not want to feed raw food and dry food together.

    • Cons

      • Requires work

  5. Cooked Foods Before Raw Approach

    • Best for senior pets, pets already eating home made diets, picky eaters, pets with chronic illness and pets with impaired immune systems.

    • How does it work?

      • Day 1: Introduce raw food cooked

      • Day 2: Cook the raw food 3/4 of the way

      • Day 3: Cook the food 1/2 of the way

      • Day 4: Cook the food 1/4 of the way

      • Day 5: Feed raw

    • Pros

      • Safe option for pets that are sick.

      • Provides the best protection against digestive upset system.

    • Cons

      • Required prep time.

Tips to Transitioning your pet

  • Please feel free to take as long as you need to transition your pet to raw, it can take from 1 day to up to 6 months.

  • Understand that some pets have sensitive GI tracts and changing from one type of food to another may cause GI upset.

  • Remember your pet has been eating artificial dry food for a long time & it is quite different then feeding real, fresh raw food.

For a more in depth guide on how to transition check out Primal Pooch.

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