Making The Switch
Every pet is different, and before switching your dog or cat to a natural raw diet, it’s important to look at their nutritional history and needs in order to make their transition to raw as painless as possible. There are two ways you can switch your pet onto raw food – “cold turkey” or a “soft transition.”
Making the switch is usually fast and easy, very rarely experiencing any difficulties.
At True Carnivores we are not veterinarians. True Carnivores staff are educated, our writing is researched and are practiced on our own animals. The advice of a True Carnivores staff member nor reading True Carnivores written materials can substitute for visiting a veterinarian, especially those in the practice of holistic methods. We offer carefully chosen, natural products that can benefit your pet, however we do believe that veterinary conditions should be diagnosed and treated by professionals.
Making the switch to raw with your dog is an exciting and fun adventure. Sure, it may look and feel a little overwhelming at first, but once you’re comfortable with proteins, bones, tripe, treats, and chews the fun begins!
At the beginning, we recommend choosing one protein to give to your dog over the course of the first 7-10 days then gradually expanding. Typically, we recommend starting with something simple such as turkey, we find it easiest to work with and it is high in bone content (High bone content will help firm your pups’ stools so they are less likely to have an upset tummy). Once your dog has sampled its new protein sources, begin rotating different proteins every few days or so as this ensures your dog’s diet has plenty of variety.
If your dog is used to eating commercial foods then he/she may be a little fussy when it comes to dinner time. Older pets can sometimes take a little more patience and little bit of coaxing. Puppies and young dogs have the easiest time transitioning onto raw as this is natural for them.
Transitioning your dog is the easy part. Remember start simple, pick a method “soft transition” or “cold turkey”, pick a protein, thaw & serve!