How To Transition Your Dog to a Raw Diet
So that’s it, the decision made! Your fur baby will no longer be subjected to toxins, left over road kill and gosh knows what is in dog food these days. You are going to put your precious pooch on a diet that is jam packed full of vitamins and is nutritionally balanced and designed just for them.
Right… where to start? The feeling of being crushingly overwhelmed rolls over you. Google produces millions and billions of results that contradict the next. What now? How are you going to transition your adorable pup onto a new and healthy diet from a lifetime of kibble and processed dog food?
Are you ready to throw out the desecrated processed dog food and introduce the new diet bomb right away? Or will this be the slow and easy does it approach?
You will need to take into consideration your fur baby’s health. Are they in peak condition already? Do they suffer from digestive issues? If their tummy is sensitive than a full speed ahead approach may not be wise.
Dogs can be just like humans when it comes to a new diet. We jump in head first, fully motivated… then spend the next day handcuffed to the toilet. This is due to the extreme change in diet and the same can be said for dogs. Their digestive system has just had a new shock, and of course, we think…oh wow! I bet it was the meat, germs, bacteria! We go racing to the vet when really there is no need. It is to be expected that your pups digestion may protest to the change of diet. It's because they have been so used to all the processed food for so long, it doesn’t know where to start with whole foods.
If you are concerned that your dog’s digestion will not be pleased with the transition; start with a yummy treat approach. Offer raw food as a
treat and monitor the “outcome”. If their digestive system doesn’t seem to react too badly then replace one of their meals with raw whole foods and continue to monitor.
You should always take into consideration the health and age of your dog. Senior dogs, dogs with digestive issues and picky eaters could be a little bit more difficult to transition. If your pup is a picky eater you may have the same result as trying to feed something new to a toddler. So by slightly cooking the meat first it may be more palatable for them and ease them into the process.
The benefits of a rich whole food, raw diet for your pup outweighs that of processed dog foods. By providing a raw diet for your pup, you are allowing their insides to flourish, encouraging the correct pH, boosting the immune system which results in a lower the risk of disease and cancer. If your precious pooch was out in the wild, what would they be eating naturally? What would their instincts tell them to eat? What are they genetically designed to eat? The raw diet is your pup's natural diet when in the wild. Get started feeding your dog a raw diet today!
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