How to get started feeding your pet raw food

Want to get started on a raw diet for your pet but aren’t sure how? Check out our weekly transition guide to help your pet adjust to this new natural food. Rah Raw wants to make sure you are confident in your transition.

Here’s Your Guide To Safely Transition Your Pet to a Raw Diet

 
Method 1: Slow Transition For Adult Dogs

​​This method is intended for healthy adult dogs only. (over the age of 12 months). You will want to slowly introduce new meats each week to avoid loose stools or digestive issues.

 

Week #1

  • Start with a bland white meat. We suggest chicken, as it is easy on the dog’s stomach. 
  • Refer to our feeding guideline calculator to calculate how much to feed 
  • SPECIAL NOTE: Day 1: cut the suggested feeding amount in half and work into feeding the full amount. You can do this at a pace you and your dog are comfortable with.
  • Feed ONLY the meat and bone from this single protein for the full week. (no organ) 
  • You will want to feed a something slightly higher in bone percentage- around 15-20%. This will help the stool consistency. 
  •  *If you are feeding whole parts, make sure to choose the appropriate size bone for your pet. Small dogs can eat feet, necks, wings, while a large dog can eat leg quarters, ribs and backs.

 

Week #2

  • Slowly add in turkey into your dog’s meals. You will want to add approximately 15% more of the additional protein each day. 
  • This will be only turkey meat and bone. (no organs) 
  • If your dog continues to do great, move on to week #3! 

 

Week #3

  • Slowly add a red meat protein such as beef with your turkey and chicken. 
  • This will be only beef muscle meat and bone (no organs yet) 
  • Like week #2, you will want to add 15% more beef each day 
  • Continue onto week #4.

 

Week #4

  • Continue to feed chicken, turkey, and/or beef, and add a fourth protein source into their diet. (Rabbit, Duck, Sheep, Venison, Salmon, Pork) 
  • Again, slowly add this into their meals by feeding 15% more each day, while decreasing the amount of other primary proteins. 
  • Venison, Rabbit, Tripe, Salmon and other very rich proteins should always be fed in moderation, along-side other proteins and not as the primary protein source. 

 

Week #5

  • Begin to add organ meats.
  • Organs are an essential part of the raw diet 
  • Start small, adding a fingernail-sized sliver to their normal meal.
  •  Each day as long as dog tolerates well, increase the amount of organs added until you have reached 10% of the dog’s daily meal. 
  • Some dogs will turn their nose up to liver and will pick around it and not consume. If that happens, refer to our Liver Guide.

 

Week #6+

  • At this point, At this time, your raw diet is in full effect with your staple meats, bones, and organs. 
  • You now need to make sure you are feeding a good variety, minimum of 3-4 proteins, the more variety the better. 
  • Eggs are a complete food source and are excellent to feed a few times a week. They are considered a muscle meat. 
  • Fish are also an amazing protein source. 
  • Sardines should be added to your dogs diet to help balance fats and are a great source of omegas. 
  • Fruits and vegetables are also optional.
  • You are now ready to start adding in supplements. Always add one supplement at a time to see how your dog tolerates them.

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