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Pros & Cons of Different Methods You Will Come Across For Transitioning Your Dog To a Raw Dietwww.naturallyhealthydogs.co.uk

This is an area where there are a number of different views, ranging from going ‘cold turkey’ onto a full range, to only giving chicken, to mixing current and new diet and gradually swapping over.
We
have a transitioning method we have formulated ourselves based on
experience, the nutritional knowledge we have of canine biology and the
inner workings of the dogs body, along with a Qualified Canine Nutrition
Consultant, and a Holistic Vet who specialises in Raw Diet.
We
do not have our change-over guide on show for all, as we work closely
‘with’ our customers, so we can tailor individual changeovers to the
dog, to safely change your dog over to a raw diet with minimal risk of
upset, but you can email us for a copy here:nathealthydogs@hotmail.com

There
are many views, which have unacceptable risk factors, and have clearly
been formulated without knowledge of how the body is affected and
responds during the process. The following are methods we do not endorse
due to risk factors, and so are stating the issues for you to
understand the risks. Please contact us for more info to help you safely
change your dogs over.
*Gradually Mixing Dried & New To Change-Over
If
you speak to anyone who is involved in some way with canine nutrition,
they will tell you that whenever a dogs diet is changed there is the
chance there could be digestive upset, and they would be right.If
they do not know enough about raw-feeding, in the next breath, they
would then advise you to make any diet changes gradually, mixing the
different diets, gradually decreasing the old one until the dog is
totally on the new diet.If
you speak to someone who knows about raw-feeding, has knowledge about
canine biology and has experience in helping people change their dogs
over, they will tell you never to give bones with dry food as it
introduces new risk factors.
*Why ?
1. Stomach
acid needs to be at full strength in order to be able to digest raw
bone. Cooked diets do not allow stomach acid to be at full strength,
thus you can end up with bone not being fully digested, this means risk
of perforation and nutrients not being assimilated.Therefore,
if you mix cooked and raw, You create increased risk of undigested bone
fragments and any issues that could result from that.2.
Raw diets move through the digestive system within 4-6hrs of being
eaten, this, coupled with the fact that at full strength, canine stomach
acid is at No.2 on the scale (with Sulphuric acid at No.1), means that
bacteria is rarely a problem to a healthy rawfed dog because it does not
have time to multiply to an extent where is can cause a problem, and
the stomach acid plays its own part in dealing with the bacteria.
Because dried foods take so much longer to digest (typically 15hrs) and
pass through the digestive system, they keep the raw food back,
resulting in bacteria having more time to multiply and cause problems.3. For
some dogs their digestive system is delicate and mixing two totally
different diets, will result in upset, usually diarrhrea.*Chicken-Only
Some,
relatively recently, have adopted a ‘Chicken-Only’ approach to changing
a dog over to Raw, this is where they say your dog must
have nothing but plain raw chicken for often 2 or 3 weeks, then you
add in 1 new protein per week until you have them on a full range, giving No offal until at least week 3, maybe even longer.
4. The logic behind this is that it is easier if your dog is only on 1
protein at a time, to know if something doesn’t agree with him.
The reasons we will advise people not to follow this way of
changing over are:1. The longer a dog stays on 1 protein, the more chance they will
become allergic to it, and chicken is one of the top 2 (equal with beef)
in being the protein which causes allergic problems more than any
other,
it ‘usually’ takes longer to become allergic, But all dogs are at
different levels of health, and equally, if a dog is intolerant to
chicken,
it is soon picked up if they are not only on chicken all the time.2. Raw
food passes through the digestive system within 4-6hrs of eating,
unlike dried processed food which take 15hrs, so you can see that it is
going to be very easy to tell from meal to meal if something has not
agreed with your dog, their digestive systems do not take that long when
the raw food moves along it as quickly as it does, to produce
‘effects’.3. With
all raw food suppliers, Plain Chicken is always the mince with the
highest bone content, and no matter how many times you tell a dog-owner
to watch dogs stools closely upon changing over to raw, many still don’t
realise just how closely they need to watch them, and too many who use
this ‘chicken-only’ method, end up with constipated dogs, which causes
the dog unnecessary discomfort and reinforces to any vet who does not
like raw, that it is bad, and causes you more unnecessary vet bills.
4. Your
dog still needs proper nutrition, even in those first few weeks of a
new diet, it is true that balance can be achieved over time, but no-one
knows how long a period of time that can be, so to wait 4wks until your
dog gets any offal, (see our blog on how much goodness is in Liver: http://www.naturallyhealthydogs.co.uk/blog/2013/02/21/Does-Liver-have-a-place-in-Your-Dogs-Diet-.aspx ) is really not in your dogs best interests, or necessary.*We
also do not endorse just feeding Tripe for the first 1-2wks, as your
dogs body has work to do in making the adjustment necessary when
changing from a cooked/dried diet to raw, and at this time needs full
nutrition for support in doing this.

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