Changeover to Raw Guide
CHANGING DOGS OVER TO RAW DIET
Our own (Naturally Healthy Pet) changeover guide, formulated with a Qualified Canine Nutritional Consultant and Holistic Vet Approved.
The chart below gives you an approximate starting point for working out approx daily feed amount based on current weight and age – tweak up/down to suit individual
7-10wks : 8-10 %
10-16wks : 7-8%
16-20wks : 6-7%
20-24wks : 5-6%
24-36wks : 4-5%
36-68wks : 3-5%
68wks+ : stabilising to the 2-3%
To Lose weight = 1.5-2%
To Stay the same = 2-2.5%
To Gain weight = 3-3.5%
*Smaller breeds may be ready to have food reduced sooner as they mature faster.*
The ‘ideal’ condition to aim for, is to be able to feel and count every rib, but not feel spine or in between ribs, or see ribs.
3 Day Prep
Prior to the changeover we have 3 days where we integrate some raw into your dogs normal daily food to prepare the stomach acid in strength.
Day 1: Replace ¼ daily food with 1/4 daily amount of bone-free raw mince.
Day 2: Replace ½ daily food with 1/2 daily amount of bone-free raw mince.
Day 3: Replace ½ food with 1/2 daily amount of bone-free raw mince.
We suggest you use only minces for the first month until your dog is settled and therefore less likely to gulp, and you have had time to get your head around, and feel comfortable with feeding raw.
Wk 1: feed Chicken & Tripe mixed mince for a week, watching stools. If stools are still immediately crumbly/white/like stones by day 3, give a bone-free mince for next meal or add Psyllium Husk to meal, 1tsp:5lbs bodyweight.
Wk2: ‘If All Is Going Well’ bring in Beef & Chicken mince for 3 days, then feed Chicken & Tripe for the remaining 4 days, watching for any sign of potential issues from the first 3 days new protein.
Wk3: bring in Oily Fish & Chicken mince for 3 days, then feed Chicken & Tripe for the remaining 4 days, watching for any sign of issues from the first 3 days new protein.
End of wk 3 ‘If All Is Going Well’ we suggest you add the extra supplements needed to make your dogs raw diet as complete as possible. Many find the specially formulated dehydrated ‘Smartbarf’ or Hedgerow Hounds ‘Natures Bounty’ mix, and Salmon/Flaxseed Oil the simplest and best way to do this.
Wk 4: we introduce Lamb & Chicken mince for 3 days in the same way, then back to Chicken & Tripe,…..Go at your dogs pace.
Very Important – WATCH STOOLS!
*Small, formed, holds shape, barely leaves a trace when picked up = perfect
*V small and hard, crumbly, white = too much bone, bring in some plain tripe or heart, or if dog is struggling, extra Offal to prevent constipation.
*Soft, not holding shape = too little bone/too much offal
Introduce some high Bone Items (Wings, Neck, Spine, Carcass, Sternum/Ribs), and review offal amounts if using chunks
From now you can introduce further minces, at a rate of 1 or 2 a week, Turkey, Fish, Duck, Venison, Rabbit etc. – we suggest you leave pork until after trying Duck, if you want to give it, and give small amounts the first time as it is a mince some do not cope well with.
If you have a Large breed or larger, we recommend at the end of the first month you look at adding a meaty bone to their food to bring the bone content up as larger breeds need more bone.
*When you’re ready, you can look into meaty bones and chunks, but then need to be remembering to balance out the ratios of meat/bone & offal that suits your dog.
*There is no rush.
*We also have natural and herbal products for fleas, worms etc. to help minimize the amount of toxic load on your pet.
*Dog may appear to lose weight in first couple of weeks, this will be excess fat reserves being dropped, then body will ‘muscle-up’ being heavier but more trim and shapely.
Veterinary weight charts may now no longer be reliable, check your dogs condition by ensuring you can always feel and count every rib, but not feel in between ribs or see spine.
If possible to give 1 meal a day is best, if this does not work for your dog feed 1-2 times daily. Toy breeds & Sight-hounds may need up to 4 meals daily and higher % of food due to higher metabolism. Nervous/anxious/working/high-energy dogs may burn up energy more and need more food, dogs who don’t do much may need less.
If you choose to give your dog a bone, Always stay with them whilst they eat it, to be safe.
This is the main guide we tweak from for each individual.