How do we transition to raw?

Feeding raw doesn’t have to be complicated, and yet it can seem overwhelming. We have successfully transitioned many dogs and cats onto raw. Even if you have tried and failed to get your pet onto raw in the past we are confident that every dog and cat can thrive on raw. However, there is a lot of misinformation about raw and few sellers who can give expert advice- if any. If a pet has gut problems such as pancreatitis or intolerances the below guide is not suitable. Transitioning a dog badly can have serious consequences and can give raw feeding a bad name, but as long as it is done responsibly and with expert guidance there is rarely any issues.  I am happy to provide free consultations either in the shop or over the phone to ensure your pet’s transition is tailored to them.

Below is a general guide for transitioning your dog.

First stop feeding dry or tinned food. Dry and raw food do not mix! Dry or tinned food makes the stomach more alkaline whilst we need to stomach to be acidic enough to digest raw bone. Mixing the two can cause bone to become stuck in the gut and cause impactions. If you do not want to waste the dry food you have left either finish the food before transitioning or give it away. We suggest boneless meat for the first week, meat and bone for the second, and meat bone and organ for the third. Stick to the same white meat throughout the transition period to make it easier on your dog’s gut.

Week 1. Boneless meat (white meat) or tripe (if your dog has sign of allergies this varies, so if you are not sure, ask!)

Week 2. White meat + Bone (less than 15%)

Week 3. White meat + Bone + Organ (80/10/10 minces)

Week 4. Slowly add new complete (80/10/10) proteins feeding each new protein for at least 4 days, carefully monitoring the dog or cat for any signs of intolerance such as itchy skin or loose stools.

Week 6 onwards. Once or twice a week add fish and raw egg! Fish provide omegas 3 and 6 and are amazing for coat and joint health.  Eggs provide essential fatty acids that are hard to find elsewhere, they’ll even eat the shell (great for added calcium)!

From here keep adding new proteins until you have at least 5 that you know your pet can digest, the more red meats included the better as they are rich in iron.

 

How much do I feed?

Raw feeding calculators give a guide. An adult dog usually has about 2-2.5% its body weight but younger dogs require more.