On Raw Already? Great! Just change onto their new formulas, they are already used to the easy digestion process!
I'm Feeding Kibble/Dried - Raw and kibble have a very different digestive rate. Raw is easy to break down and takes little time at all to digest in comparison. Kibble/dried requires your pet to drink lots to help soften the dried pellets and begin to break them down.
Due to the completely different digestive rates, we do not recommend mixing the the types of food as it can lead to bloat, vomiting or in worst cases, gastric torsion.
A change in poo (i.e. sloppy, mucous-y etc.) initially is quite normal and to be expected. Not all dogs would have this but some do. As a one-off it shouldn’t be a concern. It can help however, especially those with sensitive digestive systems or on medications, to provide probiotics alongside your switch initially for a smoother transition.
If you dog is struggling with poo it might be that your dog has a lower than average bone tolerance; mix in some of our boneless beef formula (which doesn’t contain bone) with the meals to reduce the overall bone intake.
The poo should be pellet like, firm and formed, not rock hard or soft. Because you will be feeding a variety of meats it is totally normal for poo to have different colours.
This is normal! Raw contains a lot of moisture – it’s totally normal to see a reduction in water intake in your pet.
It should only be a worry if your dog is for example not urinating – this would require professional veterinary investigation.
The raw foods that we provide are free from starchy carbohydrates, wheat, grains and fillers. When these break down, from the amylase in your pet's saliva, they become sugars which then stick to your pets teeth and cause tartar and plaque build up.
Quite simply, if you take those out of the food, there is nothing to stick to your pets teeth and cause decay. The bone in the formulas also acts as a slight abrasive, keeping your pets teeth even cleaner!
I'm moving onto raw for the first time - Most processed foods contain salt and a variety of other additives to make it extremely tasty, almost addictive… It’s a little like being used to eating pizza and then deciding a rocket salad with pine nuts and feta is better… you might also need some persuasion.
Don’t be disheartened, remember why this food is better for your pet and remember you also don't want to be eating the same thing day in and day out. Try mixing it up, change up the formulas as frequently as possible and find your pet's favourite formula. Why not try the Mixed Selection Box and keep your freezer full of variety!
My dog has gone off their Raw food - The raw foods we supply are fresh and of the best quality so proteins can have seasonal variation, they may taste sweeter depending on the time of year. Change up their proteins regularly and remember, it's OK for them to have favourite formulas and for those formulas to change. Dog's will not starve themselves and if changing their food if they haven't eaten in 24 hours can cause picky eaters.
If they refuse all food, are off colour and will not eat treats, we recommend seeking veterinary advice.
Dogs have a very different digestive system to humans. They are designed to cope with a certain level of bacterial contamination and food moves through it much more quickly. A happy, healthy dog is much less likely to present a health risk to humans but sensible hygiene precautions must still be followed. All Raw products must be handled and stored in the same way as any meat purchased for human consumption and bowls washed after each meal.
All bones we offer are perfectly safe to feed to your pets. There are a few Golden Rules we suggest all of our customers abide by;
1. No Cooked Bones
2. No Pork Bones
3. Weight Bearing Bones (Marrow bones) to be used as play bones and are not intended for the dogs to consume the bones.
Bones are an essential part of your pet's diet and you should always supervise your pet whilst they are eating bones. Raw meaty bones are an integral part of feeding your pet a raw diet and should be fed at regular intervals. Raw bone contains natural nutrients such as glucosamine and chondroitin, the omega essential fatty acids and of course calcium, phosphorus and other bone building minerals such as magnesium, all in the correct ratios.