How to transition your pet 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.

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.

Below is a general guide for transitioning your dog.

STOP feeding dry or tinned food!  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. 

A complete raw food is 80% meat, 10% bone, 10% organ

All we do is stagger it so your not asking your pup's tummy to digest all three new elements at once.

Week 1. MEAT Boneless meat (white meat)  you can add in a bit of tripe too as it is a probiotic and can help strengthen the gut, though it is quite rich so avoid this if a very sensitive digestive system.

Week 2. MEAT + BONE White meat and bone mince (like chicken or duck). this should less than 15% bone and be the same protein that you started with.

Week 3. MEAT + BONE + ORGAN Your pet can now have complete 80/10/10 minces. Stick with whatever protein you fed in week 2.

Week 4. Slowly add new complete  proteins (80/10/10) 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 5. 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)!

Make sure you feed fleshy bones to provide mental stimulation and clean teeth, though I would suggest you feed boneless mince for the next meal to ensure bone doesn't build up in their stomachs.

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. 

Things to watch:

Become a poo monitor! We should get badges! 

Always check the poo, if its is white and chalky your pet is getting too much bone. So feed boneless mince or tripe for 3-4 day to fix it.