Let’s Get Started!!
First things first STOP feeding kibble and begin raw straight away. We DO NOT recommend starting with any premade/complete. Most premade raw foods if they are following a good Prey Model feeding ratio will have the 80/10/10 balance. However, when first starting raw we would suggest that you steer clear of feeding these mixes due to their offal and bone content. We suggest boneless for the first few days for the PH to adjust and offal is a very nutrient dense source and as such can cause stomach upset. We advise it being added slowly and in smaller portions at the appropriate time in the transition to allow the dog to get used to this new power pack of nutrition. For the first 7-10 days of transition the stomach PH will be adjusting. Once you start to feed raw the stomach acidity will start to strengthen to be able to digest bone safely and properly. From a kibble PH of around 4-5 feeding raw will encourage the stomach acid to drop to PH 1-2.
How Much to Feed: Most Adult dogs eat around 2% to 3% of their ideal adult weight per day. Start with 2.5%, more if active, less if couch potato – depends on individual dogs. *See our Body Guide at the bottom of the page
Week 1: For the first 7 days we would suggest feeding boneless, skinless chicken, turkey, or you can start with green tripe. After 7 days if all is well you may begin to introduce soft bones (the full 10%) such as chicken necks, chicken breast w/ribs or a form of ground (soft) bone. At the end of the week you may start to introduce the more slightly dense form of bones at the full 10% such as thighs, drumsticks, etc. If feeding whole bones isn’t for you right now, we advise feeding mince meat with bone, such as minced carcass etc.
Week 2: Continue your introduction of bone along with your starter protein. This will allow more room for adjustment to be ready to start a new protein for week 3.
Week 3: Now it’s time to introduce organ, 5% Liver and 5% another secreting organ. Keep to your starting protein and move on to “Completes”. When introducing organ, its best to do it slowly as too much organ to soon can cause loose stools. Using a “complete” food ensures your pet gets the correct balance in each meal.
Week 4-5: For these next two weeks you should be introducing new proteins. One new one for week 4 another for week 5.
Remember the more reds the better!
Week 6: You’re at the last step of transition and it’s time to start introducing fish and eggs. Still remember to introduce each slowly one at a time as to avoid any stomach upset. Fish and eggs are recommended to be fed 3-4 times a week. All fresh caught AND store bought fish should be frozen for 3 weeks to kill any parasites.