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New to raw? Get all the information you need in our handy raw feeding guide

Transition guide made simple

Starting out right

When transitioning your dog onto raw, regardless of their age, we would advise starting slowly. It’s very important to prepare your dog’s gut for the transition to a fresh, raw diet. Probiotics are fantastic for gut health and getting your dog’s stomach ready to transition from a processed/kibble based diet to a fresh, raw diet. Kefir is a great probiotic and contains lots of lovely healthy bacteria to set your dog up well.

These healthy bacteria also need feeding, so it’s a good idea to also add in some fresh fruit & veggies too (organic if possible).

You can add some of the following things in very small amounts (1-2tbsp in total, and feed a range of the different colours):

Asparagus, Courgette, Cabbage (red or white), Red pepper, Broccoli, Artichoke, Okra, Cauliflower, Kale, Dandelion leaves, Pumpkin, Butternut squash, Raspberries, Apple, Blueberries, Blackberries, Pomegranate, Guava, Banana, Mango, Pear, Orange,  Pineapple

Week 1: White meat and bone

At this stage we recommend The Dog and Bones Chicken Mince 1kg

This is one of the easier mixes as its already 90% meat and 10% bone.

White meat options: Chicken, rabbit, quail, turkey, etc. These can be difficult to balance at the start if your not using our recommended product, but maybe necessary if your dog has allergies. Introducing your dog to raw white meat proteins will be easiest on their digestive tract.

This will be timed with kefir or alexanders natural kefir pawz. Include 1 tablespoon per 10kg (ish) Also include the veggies mentioned above.

If need be, slippery elm bark and/or digestive enzymes can be added during this stage.
Once your dog is having consistently firm stool for one week, move onto week 2

NOTE WE ARE NOT INCLUDING OFFAL AT THIS STAGE

Week 2: Tripe with white meat and bone

At this stage we recommend TDB Starter Minced Ox Tripe with Chicken

This product is again 90% meat and 10% bone, no offal.

Continue with kefir and veggies this week too. Stools should be formed, and not loose.

Week 3: Tripe with white meat and bone

At this stage we recommend TDB Starter Mince Ox Tripe with Duck

This product is again 90% meat and 10% bone, no offal.

Continue with kefir and veggies this week too. Stools should be formed, and not loose.

Week 4: White meat, bone and 5% liver

week 4 we recommend The Dog and Bones Chicken Complete 1kg

This product is 85% meat, 10% bone and 5% liver. With white meat being the easiest to digest and this only containing 5% liver. Organ meat is rich, and can cause diarrhoea. We advise only introducing 5% at this stage. If your dog’s stool is loose and dark, reduce the amount of liver until it stabilizes, then slowly work back up. You may find you need to temporarily increase the amount of daily bone content. Some dogs handle the addition of organs very well; others take time! Organs are extremely rich. Continue with kefir and veggies at this stage

Week 5: Introducing red meat

Week 5 we have introduced a couple of white meat proteins and tripe and offal.  A raw diet requires variation, red meat has nutrients that just aren’t found in white meat.

TDB Ox Mince Complete with Chicken 1KGTDB Ox Mince Complete with Duck 1KGThe Dog and Bones Chicken and Beef Complete

These are some examples of what you could introduce at this stage. Once your dog is having consistently firm stool with the addition of a red meat, continue on, to increase variation and proteins. At this stage you will be feeding 80-10-10. Just like last week, decrease the amount of second secreting organ if your dog’s stool loosens (or becomes explosive ), then slowly work back up. Once your dog is having consistently firm stools (dark, firm stools are okay), then continue on.

At this point, you’re probably a Certified Poop Inspector. Congratulations! Keep up the good work. You know what to do- if something in this step triggered a bout of loose stool, dial it back. Feed a little less organ, or add a smaller amount of that second red meat

Puppies

These guidelines are for puppies up to an age of approximately 9-12 months. For large breed puppies, they can be used up to 24 months.

Because young dogs are constantly growing, they need a higher percentage of food than adult dogs. The easiest way to work out how much to feed your puppy  is to feed a percentage of its body weight.

As a guideline, we’d suggest:

AgePercentage (per day)
8-12 weeks

12-16 weeks

16-24 weeks

24-32 weeks

32+ weeks

36 + weeks

10-8%

8-6%

6-5%

5%

4%

3-4%

Adult dogs 

As a general rule, adult dogs should be fed around 2-4% of their ideal adult weight depending on activity levels.

Senior dogs 

For senior dogs, we’d recommend feeding approximately 1-3% of their ideal adult weight.

These percentages are a guide. It’s important to regularly weigh your puppy and keep a record of their weight so you can increase/decrease their food as and when necessary.

Of course, every pet is individual and what works for some pets might not work for others. That’s why we’re more than happy to assist with your pet’s specific requirements, helping you make the best and most informed choice. Either visit our natural pet shop in Burley-in-Wharfedale and chat to our knowledgeable and friendly staff or email us at info@stefspetpantry.com.

Sign up to our Facebook groups for more advice and handy tips!

We’re always looking out for the latest research and advice around feeding a fresh, raw diet, and we always ensure you’re the first to know when we find new research. We highly recommend you make use of the many resources available to help you start your journey into fresh feeding.

Check out our Stefs Pet Pantry Facebook Page where Stef frequently posts handy tips and advice on how to feed a fresh diet.

We also have a fantastic Stefs Pet Pantry Customers Facebook Group where you can chat to other customers and find out more about how other people are feeding a fresh diet. We’re all learning together!

Stef also highly recommends that you join the Holistic Dog Care Facebook Group. It’s a brilliant group for discussing all aspects of fresh feeding.

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