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Transitioning to a raw diet

For Puppies:

– Start the switch right away and do not mix the raw food with the puppy’s kibble. Kibble stays in the digestive system longer than raw food and produces a less acidic environment than the raw food so when you mix kibble and raw food together the puppy will become more susceptible to the bacteria that can be found in raw meat.

– Start with one source of protein. If your puppy is doing well on the one source of protein after one week, feel free to introduce variety into the diet.

– Feed a minimum of three times per day until your puppy is approximately six months old, then reduce to twice a day

For Adults:

– If your dog is healthy and they do not suffer digestive upset with diet changes, then switch to raw right away.

– Dogs that have been fed on kibble for their whole lives may adjust slower to a raw diet because it causes changes in their digestive system. These dogs may need to be switched to raw food gradually to prevent digestive upset. Keep an eye on your dog’s stool, it may be loose for several days during the switch.

– For the first 2 days, feed 75% of your dog’s daily kibble in the morning and 25% of their raw diet at night. For days 3-4, feed 50% kibble in the morning and 50% of their raw diet at night. Days 4-6, feed 25% of their kibble in the morning and 75% of their raw diet in the evening. After 6 days, you can feed a raw natural diet going forward.

Feeding Guidelines:
Age % of body weight to be fed Servings per day
2-6 months 4-8% 3-5
6-24 months 3-6% 2-3
2 years and up 2-4% 2

Feeding Raw Meaty Bones:

Feeding raw meaty bones is recommended for a minimum of 10-20% of a dog’s diet. Providing a variety of necks, backs and other skeletal parts is highly beneficial to the dog’s teeth and overall health. Offering meaty bones also creates a natural tearing and ripping exercise that mentally stimulates the dog. Dogs of all ages and size should be consuming meaty bones.

Feeding and Handling:

All raw food should be kept frozen until ready to defrost.

Defrosting Food:

Take food out of the freezer and put it in a sealed container in the refrigerator until defrosted. Serve food cold or preferably room temperature. Raw food can stay in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. All meat can be refrozen if needed.

Human and Animal Safety:

Serve raw natural food using stainless steel or ceramic bowls. Make sure to clean work area and all bowls thoroughly.