As the earth has changed throughout the last decades of technology and fast paced living, humans and animals alike adapted to new lifestyles.
But don’t worry, even if domesticated, accustomed to city life and indoor spaces, dogs have retained many of their wild instincts and the initiation or transition to raw dog diet can easily be done.
There are obviously better processes to get your pet there, especially if you’re transitioning from commercial food to a raw diet.
Before we start, let’s understand the benefits of a raw dog diet and how to avoid causing any harm to your pet when opting to feed raw proteins.
Benefits of a raw dog diet
- Build up and strengthen the immune system
- Reduced stool volume and smell
- Shinier coat and softer skin
- Higher energy level
- Superior dental health
- Enhanced and healthier reproduction
- And simply a more natural way to eat than commercial kibble
Alternatively, a raw dog diet may cause harm to your dog.
- Raw bones could cause potential choking, internal punctures or teeth breaking
- Risks of contamination from raw meat bacteria can be harmful for both dogs and humans
- Dogs might suffer from diarrhea and bowel constructions
And this is why the decision of taking up a raw diet for your dog should be done gradually and to benefit you and your dog.
So first things first, if you are opting for a raw diet for a brand new puppy, you may very well start cold turkey! Now if you are transitioning from kibble to raw diet, you might want to ease yourself and especially your dog into it.
The best way to go, is to introduce one raw protein at the time and avoid mixing it with kibble. The digestion process of artificial ground meal pellets requires a lower PH level from raw meats, which may cause the meat to take longer to digest, leaving it to develop bacteria that can harm your dog and yourself.
On the other hand, the gradual introduction of proteins, will allow you to measure the reaction of your dog to each protein and figure out which one agrees best with their digestive system.
Regardless of whether you are using prepared raw food or preparing it yourself, introduce one protein source each week to ease your puppy into it.
It is important to balance phosphorus and calcium ratios in a raw dog diet, as these two nutrients are essential in building healthy bones and teeth and a balanced metabolism. Take meaty bones such as turkey necks and tails, chicken backs and feet which are more than adequate sources, not to forget balanced foods such as eggs with shells, whole animal carcasses (quail, rabbit…)
Tripes and organ meats are not to be skipped since they contain essential nutrients that can’t be found in muscle meat, although they might cause loose stools. Introduce organ meats moderately with other proteins rather than a full liver meal for example.
No matter how you decide to go by it, do some research, join chat groups or forums to share your experience and learn from others. We are also here to offer advice and tips to get you cautiously yet appropriately started on a new raw dog diet to benefit your dog from a healthy dietary experience.