EVERY DAY RAW PET FOOD REQUIREMENTS:
EACH FEEDING SHOULD BE:
✓ Consider the Temperature
Eating a cold meal quickly, early in the transitioning stage may cause some pets to throw up. To help ease the transition to a raw pet food diet, we recommend using the Temperature chart below and remove your pet’s meal portion from the fridge and let it sit out prior to feeding.
✓ Practice Patience
The first few times you put a bowl of raw food in front of your pet, they may be unsure about it. This is totally normal! Raw pet food is very different compared to the kibble they might be used to. Give your pet 5 to 10 minutes to eat and put any leftovers in a sealed/air tight container and into the fridge for their next meal. Although adding toppers to your pet’s meal may be enticing, we don’t recommend doing so as it can teach your pet to wait for something “better” to be offered resulting in a fussy pet.
✓ Rotate Your Proteins
When you have successfully made the transition to a raw food diet with your pet, it’s important to ensure you rotate between 3-5 proteins per month. Proper protein rotation is required because each protein contains specific and important amino acids which play an essential role in creating a balanced diet for your pet and to give them a variety.
Below are samples of meal plans that you can use to ensure you're giving a proper rotation each month.
To access these sample meal rotation plans for printing, please click here.
To learn more, visit our blog that explains the importance of a properly rotated diet by clicking here
✓ Add Omega-3 & Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that plays an important role in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Without adequate amounts of Vitamin D, young pets may develop Rickets (bone pain, poor growth and soft bones) and adults can develop Osteomalacia (softening of bones). Marine fish is one of the richest sources of Vitamin D with lower concentrations coming from beef, liver and eggs. Omega -3 fatty acids are important to the function of the body, DHA is incredibly important for cognitive development in puppies and EPA is directly linked to reducing inflammation in the body.
Visit our Fish Facts blog to learn more!
✓ Sensitive Stomach? Add a probiotic!
Pets that have been on a diet of kibble for a long time or who have a history of sensitive stomachs can benefit from the addition of a probiotic supplement. Adding a probiotic prior to and during the transition to a raw diet can help support the microflora that are naturally present in their gut, enhancing digestion, the absorption of nutrients, and helping boost their immune system.
Click here to check out Adored Beast probiotics we offer!
AFTER SWITCHING YOUR DOG TO RAW PET FOOD, YOU MAY NOTICE:
They gulp their food.
Well of course they do – it’s delicious! Unlike humans, dogs are naturally less inclined to ‘chew’ their food. Dogs teeth are designed to slice meat into smaller, more manageable bits to swallow. Many dogs do not sit and chew pre-ground formulas. A major concern with gulping food when being fed a dry kibble diet is bloat (gastric torsion). This is very serious and can be fatal to pets. Since kibble has a swell factor (see how much kibble increases in size if you leave it in bowl of water to soak) it can swell in the dog’s stomach once it hits the digestive juices and if mixed with excess air (from gulping) can cause the stomach to flip. Since raw food’s shape and size does not change with the addition of gastric digestive juices there is less risk of gastric torsion. If you are concerned about the rate your pet is consuming their food, perhaps a slow feeder bowl or mat would be a great choice from our Messy Mutts collection!
They drink less.
You may notice your pet drinking less water after switching them to a raw pet food diet. That’s because a raw diet provides true, natural hydration. Both kibble and canned food contain higher levels of salt which can leave your pet in a constant state of under-hydration.
When your pet is eating raw pet food, they are only eating ingredients that their body can process properly and use for fuel and nutrition; less of it becomes waste. Less waste = less poop. You are only giving your dog what it needs. Poops will become chalky and decompose on their own after a few days. To learn more, visit our Let's Talk Poop blog!
Next, visit our Feeding Guidance page to learn more!