Switching from processed dog foods to raw foods places your pet on the road to ideal health. To help you make a success of the switch, we focus on our two key principles for transitioning any dog onto a raw food diet.
What to know when making the transition
Processed or kibble foods are riddled with addictive ingredients, much like junk food, that can make switching to raw more challenging than we’d like.
Depending on the quality and longevity of the diet your dog is transitioning from, they may be more resistant to change. Many pets are picky about certain consistency, texture, and smells when a new food varies from what they’re accustomed to, even before sampling it.
That’s why the following principles are so important to a successful feeding transition process for your dog.
Answers™ 2 Key Principles to A Successful Feeding Transition for Dogs
1. Tough love & timing.
Typically, dogs are in the habit of eating when they are being presented with food.
So, introduce their raw meal in replacement of their food and habitual feeding times. Let it sit out for 30 minutes. If your pet doesn’t eat, take the food way, refrigerate and wait an hour or so. Repeat.
When you give them their raw food, let it sit out. Pets can be picky to temperature. Counter-intuitively, fermented raw foods can sit out at room temperature up to 8 hours. In fact, the longer it sits out, the more good bacteria populates the food, the healthier it is.
Repeat this method until your dog understands that when you place the food out, it’s time to eat. They will soon understand the pressure of eating when presented with raw food, otherwise the food will be taken away.
(Important Reminder: never, ever try the tough love method when transitioning a cat to raw foods; cats are much pickier and will actually starve themselves if they don’t have access to a food they like.)
2. Transition slowly, please.
Some dogs will take to raw food immediately, but some will not.
Introduce a small amount of the raw food at first. Add 1/4 of our raw product and/or a raw fermented milk or bone broth to their current diet, and then gradually continue to add more raw food to their diet until the ratio reaches 0:1, and you are feeding your pet a 100% raw food diet.
Why it’s so worth it: 8 benefits of raw feeding for pets
. + Odorless breath and white teeth, free of tartar and dental disease
. + Shiny, smooth, oil-free coats
. + Healthy skin, odorless body
. + Improved energy and vitality
. + Chronic allergies and infections subside and/or disappear
. + Decreased visits to the vet
. + Reduction in bowel movements; ?stool is firm and nearly odorless
. + Clear eyes and ears
Ready to get started? Learn more about the benefits of a raw food diet for your dog’s health and the positive effect it can have on kidney health, liver health, senior dogs, and more.