Transitioning to raw feeding and BARF for your dogs and cats
Transitioning to raw feeding and the barf diet can seem a daunting task, but with the right information it’s a walk in the park. Our brief guide will help you and your pet adjust to raw feeding in no time.
We recommend feeding dry or canned food separately from dehydrated or raw meals because they digest at different rates. When transitioning, it’s OK to mix foods and incrementally increase the new food if needed. For long term use however, you should feed dry or canned at one meal and dehydrated or raw at the other meal.
To start, make their meal 75% old food and 25% new food. You’ll know it’s time to increase your dog’s ratio of new food when they have a solid stool. Increase the new food by another 25% in a few days or when you see that your pet is tolerating the change in diet. Some pets may take three days to transition and some may take three weeks. Observe your dog’s reaction to the new food and increase according to what you think is best, based on his tolerance. Look for firm stools before you make any new changes. If he is really sensitive to the change, add only 10% new food. Adding probiotics to his food will also help the sensitive pet to transition more easily.
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