Switching from Kibble to Raw a Starter Guide
A raw diet does not need to be gradually introduced – mixing kibble with raw is not recommended as they are both digested at different rates.
People new to raw feeding all have the same questions: “how do I start”, “what exactly do I feed?”, “how much do I feed?” I’ve been there myself and trust me, it’s a lot simpler than it may first seem.
So I’ve put together a simple guide to help get you started and if your still not sure, don’t worry, I stock complete meals too!
The key points to remember when switching from Kibble to Raw dog food are:
Balance over time – one meal could have more bone content, another more meat or organ. The approximate ratio to aim for overall is:
meat, sinew, ligaments, fat
other organ meat
Important details to bear in mind when switching from Kibble to Raw
Organ meat should
- Organ meat should not exceed 10% of the diet overall and 5% of that should be liver (beef liver has the highest nutrient levels). Feed liver once a week (or several small servings per week).
- Feel free to feed ‘weird and icky things’ such as chicken feet, beef trachea, day old chick, lung, kidney, furry ears and hooves, Dogs love them! Beef trachea, chicken and turkey feet are loaded in natural chondroitin and glucosamine which help to build healthy joints.
- Carbohydrates, in particular grains, are not a natural part of the dog’s diet and we do not recommend they form any part of the diet. Dogs do not have the ability to digest grains properly, so instead, an extra strain is put on the liver as it must produce more bile to break down the insoluble fibre. (more info above)
- Avoid the weight bearing leg and knuckle bones of large animals such as beef – also the vertebrae as these are too dense and dangerous to teeth. Remember! ALL bones must be fed raw – cooked bones are dangerous as they are too hard and could splinter and pierce the stomach or intestines as well as damage teeth.
Meats are high in phosphorus;
- Meats are high in phosphorus; +bones are high in calcium. When meat is fed with 10% bone you have the exact ratios of calcium to phosphorus required by a dog.
- NEVER feed cooked bones of any type as when bones are cooked, they become harder and are dangerous for the dog as they can splinter and pierce the stomach or intestines. Raw bones are soft enough to bend and digest easily. Dogs are carnivores as per their scientific category (their DNA is 99% wolf) so dogs are designed to digest raw meat and bones – they have a stomach PH level of 1 or 2 which is highly acidic – perfect for digesting raw bones. For optimal safety, mealtimes should always be supervised.
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