Just like any human dietary change, your dog will go through a period of adjustment. don’t worry! it’s completely normal for your dog to go through a detoxification. Their digestive system will be cleaning out the old gunk & absorbing all their healthy benefits, which could lead to some smelly farts or loose stool. Usually it will only last a few days, but there a few ways to transition and one way might lead to a shorter banishment from the bedroom than others.

 

Fast Transition

 

Speedy, and also fast your dog for a day. No, those puppy-dog eyes don’t mean “Mummy, feed me or I’ll die!”. There are many benefits of fasting your dog often, and it’s certainly good at the start of a diet change.

Only fast your dog for a day if it is an adult. You’ll find it a lot easier (to deal with puppy-dog feed-me eyes) if they aren’t on a regular feeding schedule. If it is a healthy puppy, a straight switch is usually ok.

 

Gradual transition

 

This method is particularly good if your dog is very old or under 18 months old.

 

We can make the transition over a week, sometimes over a longer period, but please monitor your dog and make sure they are doing ok.

 

Day one: 

Feed raw as treats throughout the day

 

Day two:

25%of their meal can be replaced with raw and 75% can be kibble

 

Day Three:

25%of their meal can be replaced with raw and 75% can be kibble

 

Day Four

50%of their meal can be replaced with raw and 50% can be kibble

 

Day Five

50%of their meal can be replaced with raw and 50% can be kibble

 

Day Six

75% of their meal can be replaced with raw and 25% can be kibble

 

Day Seven

75% of their meal can be replaced with raw and 25% can be kibble

 

Day Eight

You can make the full transition to raw meals + bones

 

 

Most of our clients choose to make a fast transition. There pro’s and con’s for each method - a fairly major point to note is: Raw food is digested in an acidic stomach as a protein, Kibble is digested as a starch. when these two are trying to be digested together, it can cause problems, and usually a very gassy dog!

 

 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN CHANGING TO RAW

 

Please be considerate of your dog, and monitor what is going on. Sorry to say: this means keeping an eye on his poop! He may experience loose stool or constipation over the first few days, which is normal.

You’ll also notice his droppings will change to small hard balls which turn white and crumble in a few days if they aren’t collected. It’s a great side-effect, big stinky kibble-fed dog poop will be a thing of the past!

 

Your dogs water consumption will also reduce - they’re not eating dry food with added salt anymore!

 

Offer bones wisely and always under supervision. dogs without experience can get excited and swallow a large bone whole. If they get it down, it will digest, but your dog won’t get all the psychological or nutritional benefits of chewing it properly. Worst case scenario it would get stuck in their throat!

Bones supplied by The Wild Way are all soft bones, chosen for their chewable properties. if you find rem ants of a bone in the backyard, it doesn’t serve your dogs nutrition well there, so throw it out.

 

Bones quickly become a delicious mess of slobber and meat. I don’t recommend feeding a bone inside your nice, clean house.