Switching Your Dog to a Raw Food (Natural) Diet


DOGS

Converting From Dry Pet Food


It will take approximately 3 weeks to convert your pet from dry dog food to a raw meat diet. Initially change the diet from dry kibble to cooked food (cooked meat and veggies) and vegetables over a 7 day period. The meat should be cooked without added oils. Either bake, boil or grill the meat. Add veggies (see veggie instructions above). Gradually add more of the cooked meat/veggies to the dry kibble over a few days, so that on day eight the pet’s meal is completely cooked meat and veggies. If your pet gets loose stool or has a sensitive stomach, cut back on the cooked food (more dry kibble) and make the transition slower. Keep the pet on this cooked food only diet for seven days more. After this, slowly add raw meat to the cooked meat (keep the veggies the same). Begin with small amounts, for example:1 teaspoon per meal for small dogs, and 1 tablespoon per meal for big dogs. Slowly increase the amount, so that in approximately ten days your pet is completely on a raw meat/veggie diet. Remember it will take approximately 24 days to change your pet from dry dog food to a raw meat diet. The raw meat for this transition period should be boneless, and then once your pet is used to the raw diet, you can feed meat with bone ground in. This is important as your pet needs a consistent supply of Calcium in their diet. However, you may want to at first alternate the ground in bone meat with the boneless meat, so that your pet does not get constipated.

 

Converting From Wet Pet Food
 Change the diet from wet canned food to raw meat (chicken/lean meat) and vegetables (see list above) over a 14 day period. Do this by slowly adding raw meat (without bone) to the canned pet food.  Begin with small amounts, for example:1 teaspoon per meal for small dogs, and 1 tablespoon per meal for big dogs. Gradually increase the amount over 14 days. The raw meat for this transition period should be boneless, and then once your pet is used to the raw diet, you can feed meat with bone ground in. This is important as your pet needs a consistent supply of Calcium in their diet. However, you may want to at first alternate the ground in bone meat with the boneless meat, so that your pet does not get constipated.