Dec 22, 2012

Switching To Raw Dog Food

Raw dog food

So You Want To Switch - Here’s How:

Everything I’ve read about switching over to the raw diet said to just do it. Feed your dog its last kibble meal in the evening, then make the switch to raw the next morning. 

Please follow this advice. Do NOT mix the raw food with kibble. You would just be setting yourself up for a disaster of the diarrhea kind.

I understand why people are cautious, and I know that they’ve previously been told to take it slowly while introducing new foods to their dogs.  This only applies when you are switching from one kind of dry food to another. Please do not do this when switching over to raw.

I have worked with many people who have made the switch overnight as recommended, and they had no problems.

Then there are those who slipped in a bit of kibble with the raw, thinking it would do no harm, only to find the dog pooping all over the house a short time later. They naturally assume it's the fault of the raw dog food, but it’s just not so. When I finally get them back to doing raw and doing it right, the poop issue becomes a thing of the past. In fact, many dog owners become proud of their dog’s tiny poops after they start feeding the raw food.

Another issue that some run into is that they just can’t bring themselves to give their dogs the animal carcasses or bone parts. It just weirds them out. In these cases, I would suggest starting the dogs on a commercially produced raw food. There are a few different brands out there, but in general, they take the same raw foods, grind them up, and form them into 1 ounce frozen nuggets. For larger breeds, you can also buy a larger block that you can then cut down to the desired amount. 

These are a great stepping stone into the raw feeding world, and also come in very handy if you ever have to leave your dog for a couple of days with a friend or relative. Most people will already think you’re a little crazy feeding raw dog food, but just imagine trying to get Auntie Mabel to give your dog a chicken back.

As I said, I think these are a great place to start, but there is no substitute for real bones in your dog’s diet. As soon as you feel comfortable that your dog is doing good with the raw meat itself, then start introducing the bones. 

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