How To Introduce Your Dog To a Raw Food Diet

Are you looking for the best way to introduce your dog to a raw food diet?

Many owners are unsure of the best way to manage the transition from traditional food such as kibble to raw, so this guide will outline the easiest way to do this with minimal impact on your dog.

Assessing Your Dog’s Readiness

Before you make the switch to raw food for your dog, it’s important to ensure they are physically healthy with regular check-ups to maintain keep a close eye on them throughout the process, so you can be aware of any changes in behaviour or physical condition. 

Considerations need to be given to specific pre-existing health conditions they have and how that could impact or restrict what they need from their diet.

Once you are confident that your dog is as fit and healthy as they can be, it’s time to stock up!

Source The Right High-Quality Raw Ingredients

Finding a trusted raw food provider who can deliver consistently high-quality ingredients for your dog is essential. Getting the right balance of nutrients and avoiding anything that could be harmful can feel like a challenge without expert advice.  This is where Raw Dog Food Supplies have got you covered!

We supply a huge range of fresh, premium British-sourced raw meat, bones, and organs that are frozen to retain all the nutritional goodness. Browse our popular 80/10/10 complete bundles which give your pet the optimal food ratios in a practical all-in-one solution. 

Follow A Gradual Transition Process

To introduce your dog to raw food, we recommend following a gradual transition process, usually over a 1 month period is sufficient to end up on a full raw diet, but ultimately each pet will react slightly differently.

Your Dog’s First Month

Week 1 – Introduce small amounts of raw food mixed with their current food e.g. kibble.

Week 2 –  Begin increasing the raw food portion size whilst gradually decreasing the kibble.

Week 3  – Fine-tune the balance of nutrients and portion size, and take note of what your dog seems to enjoy and respond well to. Our raw food pet calculator can help guide you on the right amount of food based on weight and age.

Week 4 – By week 4, your dog is likely ready to complete the transition to raw food. Continue to monitor your dog’s reactions and adjust as needed.

Maintaining a Balanced Raw Food Diet

To maintain a balanced raw food diet following a successful transition, we recommend varying the protein sources and meal options to keep your dog feeling satisfied. You can also consider adding fruits and vegetables or specific supplements for additional nutrients if you feel it’s necessary.  Raw treats are also a great way to add additional protein.

Regular Health Monitoring

It’s important to continue to monitor your dog’s weight, coat condition and overall health whilst feeding raw. You should notice gradual improvements in a lot of these areas. The diet might need ongoing review and adjustments based on your dog’s evolving needs.  Over time, you will be able to fine-tune the diet for your dog’s optimal health and well-being.

It’s time to make the switch!

There are so many reasons why you should introduce raw food to your dog, and as explained above, it is easy to introduce with a gradual and thoughtful approach.

We all want the very best for our pets and so many owners we speak to wish they’d made the switch much sooner. Speak to our helpful team for more advice and recommendations.