Making The Transition
Here are some tips to help make the transition to a raw diet simple and easy for both you and your dog.
We suggest fasting your dog for 12-24 hours before their first Raw food meal. This will allow their body to finish digesting any left-over food and clear out their G.I tract to allow for a smooth transition.
Allow the food to come up to room temperature before feeding by leaving it out of the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before feeding. In the first week this can ensure that the cold food will not cause a reaction with your dogs stomach. Eating a cold meal quickly at first, can cause some dogs to throw up. Their stomach needs time to adjust to the difference in temperature and after the first week feeding cold meals isn't usually and issue.
Your dog may be unsure at first of what you have put in front of them. This is normal. The food does have a very different taste and smell than what they are used to. Some dogs will try licking or sniffing it first. Some dogs will be hesitant to eat it. No problem, allow your dog 5 - 10 minutes to eat. If they are still reluctant than cover it and put it back in the fridge. Offer the same food in a couple of hours or for their next meal.
Dogs that have been on a commercial diet for a number of years or senior dogs transitioning to raw are best started with a probiotic or a digestive enzyme supplement. Although a probiotic or digestive enzyme supplement is great for all dogs to help keep a healthy G.I tract, most young dogs and puppies will transition easily without them. These supplements will support the resident microflora that are always present in the gut, enhancing digestion and absorption of nutrients, supporting detoxification and elimination processes, and helping to boost their immune system.
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