How to Introduce Raw Dog Food to Your Dog

Introducing a new food to your dog can take a long time and needs to be done with care. It is a big change for your dog’s digestive system, and can disrupt the normal bacteria which helps your dog digest food. Therefore, it is important that you switch your dog food properly and consult your vet before you begin. Before you have your consultation, here are some key points to consider and address with your vet:

Alternate Feeding: The best way to introduce new food is by alternating meals between raw and your dog’s previous food. Raw is generally better fed in the evening. For more information on alternative feeding, read our getting started page.

Maintain normal feeding patterns: Feed your dog at the same time every day and use the same bowl to ensure consistency.

Be positive: Dogs are very sensitive to human feelings. Being confident will reassure your dog, particularly if they are wary of new changes.

Choose one meat to start: While variety is the key to good health, we recommend that you begin with only one meat type during your transition. This will make it easier on your dog’s digestive system.

Limit treats during the transition: Too many treats may fill your dog up during the day and therefore enable them to avoid new food. Try to avoid feeding too many treats during the transition.

Observe: Watch your dog’s reaction to the new food and increase according to what you think is best, based on their reaction to the food. Each dog is unique and will have a different reaction, so it is important to keep an eye on them for any unusual behaviour.

For more information about switching to feeding raw, read our “getting started”, and “how much how often” guides.

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