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    There are two ways you can switch your dog to a raw food diet. These are known as the rapid switch or the slow switch.

    Rapid switch  -This is the most straight forward approach. Simply stop the old food immediately and feed raw at the next meal time.

    If you dog is not keen or a little suspicious of this sudden change in food, then one option is to fast your dog for 24 hrs before feeding the raw food. Hunger is a great motivator. 

    The rapid switch method is only suitable for young dogs or those that have a normal gastrointestinal system. Any sudden dietary changes (including a switch to raw) can, in some cases, cause digestive upset; any such issues should resolve within a few days as your dog adjusts to the new diet.

    Slow switch  – A gradual transition, this method can take anything between 1-4 weeks. The speed of this process will depend on your dog’s response to the food. If they adapt well then you may be able to speed up the process. If there are signs such as upset stomach, poor quality stools, vomiting then you may choose to take things slower by adding smaller quantities of raw over a longer period of time. 

    Most owners complete the switch successfully in  7-10 days.

    Day 1

    Start by substituting an amount of the old food for Prodog Raw . The amount will depend on the speed in which you aim to transition, suggestions are 10%,  or ¼ of the meal,  or 1 teaspoon 

    If you feed two meals a day, make sure you repeat the process. Our chicken with green tripe is an excellent meal to start with, easy for a dog to digest and contains probiotics to support the gut.

    Day 2 (onwards)

    Increase the amount of raw food that you introduce each day by a further 10%/ ¼ of the meal or, if you are using teaspoon measurements, double each day e.g  2, 4, 8, 16, 32 etc until you have achieved a full transition. 

    If at any stage, your dog has a loose stools, reduce the amount of raw food for two-three days, stabilising the stool and then proceed to steadily increase the raw food amounts.

    *Please note:

    •  The only time it is acceptable to mix raw and dry food is during this transition process. Once the transition is complete then you shouldn’t mix dry and raw due to the different digestion rates of these two food types.. 
    • Vomit is a common occurrence during the transition period as Dr Nick Thompson explains here 

     

    To get started, why not try our sample pack

     

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    30 responses to “How to Switch Your Dog to a Raw Food Diet”

    1. Oliver says:

      Is there bones in your puppy raw food ?

      • ProDog says:

        Hi there

        Yes it does contain bone. The puppy formula is minced down using a special 8mm plate, to the industry standard, ensuring any bone is kept to an extremely small size, which a puppy can easily digest without issue. Dogs are carnivorous and therefore designed to chew and process bone from weaning.

        Bone is packed with nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, glucosamine and chondroitin which are vital for growth and development in puppies and ongoing joint support in adults. Bone is also full of glucosamine and Vitamin D, both of which are fantastic to support a healthy digestive tract and aid combat issues such as poor GI function and leaky gut. Further, bone content is imperative in the stomach to ensure that enough gastric acid is produced which enables the dog to be able to cope with bacteria – so the first line of defence for their immune system and protection against infection and disease.

        Kind Regards
        Team ProDog

    2. reeve.joanne says:

      My dog prefers his good warm and cooked can you cook the food. I’ve tried him with the sample pack and he doesn’t seem to like it.

      • ProDog says:

        You can flash fry it but we don’t recommend cooking the food as it starts to lose the nutrients. Feeding raw is best. If you want help with the transition, we have lots of information on our website or you can contact us – customerservice@prodograw.com

        Kind Regards
        Team ProDog

    3. gillian.donnelly1279 says:

      My pup will be 8 weeks old when I pick him up, he is currently being weaned with tinned dog food how long do you suggest I feed him the puppy mix?

      • ProDog says:

        Hi Gillian

        We would get him on raw as soon as possible. It is suitable from 8 weeks to 6 months at which point you can switch to the adult range.

        Regards
        Team ProDog

    4. Orla Whall says:

      Hi there!
      My Pup is almost 7 years old. Is it too late to try Raw?
      Thank you kindly,
      Orla Whall

    5. Stacey says:

      I want to change my puppy to raw he is 9 week today. How would I know how much to feed him a day he was 4.7kg last week. I want to just switch him over thanks

    6. Lucy Creed says:

      My boxer is now 11 months he has been on your food for 2 months now. I’m just about to order another months worth should he have adult or remain on puppy till he’s 12 months?

      • ProDog says:

        Hi there

        You can actually give dogs our adult food from 6 months old so it is fine to order adult now.

        Kind Regards
        Team ProDog

    7. Mandi Walker says:

      Hi I have a 5 month old frenchie. He has skin allergies already and is itching and licking so I’m trying to make some changes. I’d like to go raw never tried it. Please can you show me what id need to buy for the month please. I’m
      So confused.

      • ProDog says:

        Hi there Mandi

        This is very common in Frenchies so we recommend an elimination diet.

        This type of diet requires you to feed a single protein source for 28 days. During those 28 days pay close attention to the symptoms, does the severity decrease or increase etc ?

        Once the 28 days is complete then switch to a different protein source and do exactly the same. This is the way in which you will be able to determine the food types he/she is intolerant to. You will also need to make sure treats do not contain combined proteins and come from exactly the same protein source as the food.

        For example you could feed our 80:10:10 rabbit food along with rabbit ear treats.

        Start with our 80.10.10 range and rotate the meat option every 28 days as follows:

        Rabbit
        Lamb
        Turkey
        Salmon and Turkey

        Beef and chicken are known to be problematic for dogs with food intolerances so we advise you to remove from the diet until the symptoms have cleared up. Most owners decide to continue without re-introducing these protein types and eliminate them entirely. It is not necessary to re-introduce something which could be a trigger when there are plenty of other options to choose from.

        We recommend moving to our 80.10.10 Pure range (without veggies) because certain veggies such as carrots contain more natural sugars which can help feed yeast and bad bacteria in the gut. Once you have completed the elimination diet (as above) you can begin to add in your own leafy greens, (the darker the better – these are extremely low in natural sugars so more gut friendly). The leafy greens we would recommend are broccoli, cabbage, kale and asparagus. Feed no more than 10% of these on average.

        We encourage you to be vigilant during this process, if anything else goes into your dog’s system aside from the single protein for the phase you are in it will interfere with the results and you will need to start again.

        We would also recommend adding probiotics into the diet. We offer a strong course in our Animotics Probiotic paste for one month and then you can move onto Chuckling Goat Kefir – https://www.chucklinggoat.co.uk/product/live-goats-milk-kefir/?gclid=CjwKCAiAyc2BBhAaEiwA44-wWwOTRiXZK6NegBP9dvkJCicpEyL9ehP5_2Qry9svqH0GlJvgN_IBORoCYLEQAvD_BwE

        2-4 teaspoons per day mixed with his food depending on the size of dog.

        Another suggestion would be to add in some Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother), 2 teaspoons to a tablespoon (depending on size of dog) mixed in with his raw per day is fantastic for supporting the elimination of yeast and harmful bacteria as well as supporting beneficial bacteria in the gut.

        When it comes to bathtime, we strongly recommend using an allergy friendly shampoo to avoid irritating the skin. This Dermadog Itchy Dog Shampoo is our favourite. It helps to soothe the skin and relieve itching. Also suitable to use ongoing as a precautionary measure.

        If you would like further information, we would recommend emailing us – customerservice@prodograw.com and we would be only too happy to help.

        Kind Regards
        Team ProDog

    8. denise cornwall says:

      Hi
      i have a 10 week old miniature schnauzer.Heis on lilys kitchen puppy dry food hes on 44grms four times a day intotal 176grms
      how do i do the 10 day change over.Could you calculate for me in idiot format please day 1 to day 10 changing him completely to raw
      i dont want to get it wrong and upset him so if you could really break it down to exaxct amounts for me I KNOW YOU WILL HAVE A CONVERT
      Many Thanks

      • ProDog says:

        Hi there Denise

        If he is only 10 weeks old and hasn’t got a delicate disposition, you could go with the rapid switch and just introduce the food. Otherwise, you can introduce 25% raw the first day, 50% the second, 75% the third and all raw on the 4th.

        When it comes to how much to feed, we would recommend you use this which will do the calculations for you. https://www.prodograw.com/raw-dog-food-calculator/

        If you have any questions are all, you can email the team – customer-services@prodograw.com

        Kind Regards
        Team ProDog

    9. Faith percival says:

      Hi my puppy calculated that he would need 620 a day in the puppy food rather then opening 2 tubs is there something I could add to the 500g one to make up what he needs I only defrosted one tub and when I took him to get weighed he had put on more weight

      • ProDog says:

        Hi there

        It would be useful to know more about how old your puppy is, what he weighs etc and then we can advise further. If you think it would help, feel free to email the team – customer-services@prodograw.com – they will be happy to help.

        Kind Regards
        Team ProDog

    10. Ailsa Magee says:

      Hi,
      My puppy is 8 weeks old, 3kg cocker spaniel and has been with us just a week. I have transitioned her into raw from the kibble she came with over 5 days and she is now completely on raw. I’ve just fed her your puppy chicken and green tripe. She has very loose stools – she is going no frequently but just quite loose. Is this ok and should I just persevere?
      Many thanks

      • ProDog says:

        Hi there

        This is not uncommon – its her digestive system adjusting to the new food. Our advice would be to feed our complete chicken puppy until the stools firm up. Then introduce tripe and the other options back in.

        Kind Regards
        Team ProDog

    11. Claire says:

      Hi. Have a bulldog pup on 4 meals per day. Have used your calculator which states he should be on 585g daily – so I just divide by 4 until down to 3 meals per day. How many grams are in your puppy tubs?

      • ProDog says:

        Hi Claire

        Can we just confirm how much your bulldog weighs and how old they are?

        Kind Regards
        Team ProDog

    12. laura_102 says:

      Is the allergy bundle (rabbit, lamb, duck) complete of 80:10:10? Thank you.

      • ProDog says:

        Hi there – the allergy bundles contain a selection of Complete options – Rabbit, Duck and Lamb with Offal.

        Kind Regards
        Team ProDog

    13. laura_102 says:

      Are all your raw foods 80:10:10 or do you just have protein? Thank you

      • ProDog says:

        Our 80.10.10 range is just protein – it contains 80% meat, 10% offal and 10% bone however there is a Beef and Tripe boneless option. It is our complete range that contains veggies.

        Kind Regards
        Team ProDog

    14. amywiggins30 says:

      Hi our 4 month old puppy is on Ava kibble we have just ordered puppy raw from yourselves he has a sensitive stomach is it best to feed kibble morning and afternoon then raw for his tea?

      Thanks
      Amy

    15. javquelineking says:

      my Yorkshire terrier is 9 weeks old, I gave her raw every other meal, which is wainright, she is now having problems with moving her bowels.

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