If you have ever changed one commercial dog food for another, you may have noticed some unpleasant side effects in your pet. They can have trouble digesting a new brand and may even turn their nose up at it. There can also be an adjustment period involved when transitioning from dry dog food to raw dog food. Here are some tips and things to expect during this transition stage.
Remember that every pet is different. For example, older dogs, and those with compromised immune systems can have additional issues when changing to raw dog food. Puppies, on the other hand, tolerate switches more easily. A good rule of thumb is to mix one-part raw to three-parts regular for a couple days for puppies before going to all raw dog food.
For healthy dogs, go with a one-to-eight ratio for a couple days, one-to-four ratio for a couple more days, one-to-two ratio for two to three more days, then go to 100% raw dog food after that. If you have an older dog or one in poor health, it can help to slightly heat the raw dog food for a few days.
Another thing to note is the changes that can occur. While your pet will begin to show the benefits involved with raw dog food, they can also experience some temporary ill effects. For example, stool changes can result. A raw dog food diet generally results in smaller, firmer stools, which is actually a benefit as it will help your dog express its anal glands. Other symptoms including diarrhea and a film around the stool might be observed as a sign of cleansing and detoxification, which will clear up in time.
Also, keep in mind that there can be other detoxification symptoms that will resolve themselves. Do not confuse these symptoms with thinking your dog isn’t tolerating raw dog food. The opposite is true – they are purging toxins that have been undermining their health.
The key to a successful transition to raw dog food is obtaining it from a trusted source. Here at Animush Raw Pet Food, we offer well-balanced meals without fillers, grain, hormones, or preservatives. With several options to suit your dog’s preferences, you’ll be able to provide your dog with a quality meal you can feel confident will enable them to live a long and healthy life. Contact us today with any questions you may have.