MAKE RAW YOUR FIRST CHOICE
We firmly believe here at The Raw Superstore that raw feeding should be our first choice, never second or last resort. Transitioning to raw can seem like a daunting task but it doesn't have to be. It's pretty simple! There is lots of conflicting information on the internet so we have made a basic transition guide for you to follow below.
Before you begin, please take the time to understand why you want to feed raw. Research and read popular books. Ask questions and digest the knowledge. You must know the basics and believe in the process.
TRANSITION TO RAW AT ANY AGE
It's important that you leave any preconceived idea of dog food behind as you are now entering a new chapter of pet nutrition. We have had several success stories with dogs of all ages, whether they are teenagers or seniors. Some owners may transition their pooches due to fussy or bad eating habits. By following the points below you will set your dog up for success!
- Do not mix wet or dry dog food with raw.
- Defrost in the fridge and never cook food intended to be fed raw.
- Have two meal times per day.
- Feed after gentle exercise to stimulate appetite.
- Do not leave food down to be grazed.
- Feed only natural treats from a reputable supplier.
- Supervise at meal times.
Food is a reward and your dog should look forward to meal times with great enthusiasm!
If your dog has no medical issues and considered healthy, it is recommended that you fast your dog for 24 hours prior to day one of raw feeding. This will allow the digestive system to relax beforehand, help empty previous contents and create an ideal environment for raw digestion.
We recommend to use Southcliffe Lambs Tripe. It is not for the faint hearted due to its unique smell, but it is the perfect starter protein containing no bone or offal. Tripe is the stomach of a ruminating animal providing beneficial gut bacteria and digestive enzymes to your pooch. Even though it's stinky, your dog's micro-flora will thank you for it!
You can then introduce white meat such as Southcliffe Chicken & Tripe
or Southcliffe Turkey & Tripe
for those who may be allergic to Chicken. These blends are generally 90% meat and 10% bone. We do not introduce offal just yet to allow room for sensitive taste buds and help prevent loose stools.
You can now introduce another protein such as Southcliffe Duck & Tripe. Water consumption may have reduced and stools may have become much firmer at this point. What a transformation already! Your dog
will drink less because raw food contains lots of moisture and create less waste due to the body utilising food.
Handy Tip: If your dogs poop is becoming white and crumbly,
dilute the minces down with either lamb tripe or boneless mince of the same protein.
It's time to introduce offal, so using a balanced raw meal is ideal. We would recommend Southcliffe Chicken Complete
which is a blend of 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal. Alternatively, you can use Southcliffe Turkey Complete
if your pup is allergic to chicken. Expect poops to loosen a tad but everything should normalise within a couple of days.
WEEK FIVE AND BEYOND
One of our key phrases at The Raw Superstore is that variety is the spice of life and the key to longevity. After introducing poultry meats, move on to red meats and novel proteins. Initially, it's possible to mix 3/4 Chicken Complete with 1/4 Beef Complete, working up to a full red meat meal. We recommend to feed at least five different proteins a week with the addition of oily fish and eggs.
TAKING OUT THE GUESSWORK
Some brands offer puppy specific raw food because puppies have different nutritional requirements than adults. Sometimes they adapt their recipes whereas others may simply mince their product more finely. This is why reading the ingredients list is essential! We do recommend using puppy specific raw for weaning puppies and can be used up to twenty weeks old.
Puppy Specific Raw Food recommendations:
SUPPORTING CANINE BODY SYSTEMS
Supplements that can boost your puppies health:
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