Raw Dog Food Transition
There are typically three schools of thought in your transition to raw food. Make the transition today and leave behind your canned dog food, dry dog food, kibble or processed pet food. For better nutrition, transition to raw food from kibble. We believe that each dog is different and unique in transitioning dog food. Consequently, there are a few ways to transition.
First belief is to switch over 100%, right away. Think of it in human terms. Would it affect you to switch from eating fast food/processed food to a well balanced diet? Most people immediately see the benefits of a balanced, fresh, healthy new diet. Therefore, if the dog is healthy and young, this is a great option. In addition, some people prefer fasting them for 24 hours before switching.
Second belief is to switch over time. This is definitely recommended if the dog has been eating kibble for a long time, has health issues or is older. A good timeframe for transitioning is 2 weeks to a month. One would slowly increase the raw food diet at a rate of 1/8 or a ¼ every 4 to 5 days while decreasing kibble at the same rate.
Third belief is to start with green tripe patties. Colorado Top Dog prefers this method and recommends this as the least stressful and worry free transition method. Furthermore, this works best for dogs with digestive disorders, sensitive stomachs or older dogs. Simply start Denver green tripe at approximately 1-1.5% of the dogs body weight. Within a few weeks, begin the transition to raw food. Preferably Tefco Performance Dog.
Dogs with digestive disorders or sensitive stomachs may benefit from digestive enzymes, prebiotics or probiotics. Consult your veterinarian concerning the diet change.
Transition to Raw Food Tips
Other tips on the transition:
- Adding small amounts of canned pumpkin or sweet potato can help during transition. These help with both constipation and diarrhea.
- Eliminate treats during transition to raw dog food.
- Provide plenty of water.
- Smell and texture of the food make some transitions slower.
Changes in stool:
Firmer raw dog food stools will make your dog strain more. These firmer stools help naturally express your dog’s anal glands. As a result, there’s a reduction in the chance of infection.
Consistency may be variable. If the dog exhibits consistent and prolonged diarrhea, consult your vet. Green tripe and/or prebiotics/probiotics help during the adjustment period.
Film on stool. This is normal during the transition as your dog detoxifies. Other common things are runny eyes and noses. Most detoxification takes 2-6 weeks. Again, dependent on age and what your dog has been exposed to in the past (i.e. drugs, long term kibble feeding or steroids)
If you believe your dog is having prolonged issues, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian concerning the diet change.