How do I start raw feeding?

Transition Guide

This is the process that we follow with new customers.

Other Groups/Shops may suggest a slightly different method, however we have been following this method with great success for a number of years now.

This guide is aimed at healthy dogs with no known allergies.

How do I start raw feeding?

Once you have worked out how much to feed per day based on the dogs ideal bodyweight, and age,  along with whether or not the dog in question is neutered (neutered dogs can need around .5% less than entire dogs) we recommend following this process to enable your dogs digestive system to efficiently adapt to the raw diet.

How do I start raw feeding?
How do I start raw feeding?
How do I start raw feeding?

Puppies

  1. Chicken and Tripe mince with approx. 10% bone.
  2. Chicken and Beef Mince with approx. 10% bone.
  3. Chicken and Lamb Complete.
  4. You can now go through the Completes, adding one new meat at a time, for example:
    • Chicken and Lamb to Turkey and Lamb, Beef and Lamb, then perhaps Duck and Tripe, Turkey and Tripe.
    • Feeding a new flavour roughly each 3 days.
    • Once your puppy is happily eating 4 or 5 different varieties you can go wild and try all the different flavours available from all the different brands in stock.

 

Always remembering to only introduce one new thing at a time, so that any issues can be identified easily.

For adult dogs, follow the same guide, but up to 5 days each on steps 1-3

 

For senior dogs (7+)

  1. Begin with 1-2 days on Lamb Tripe, (Furry Feasts or The Dogs Butcher) then follow steps 1 to 3 above
  2. 5 days in each step.
  3. Senior dogs often need less bone in their diet, so if the dog does become constipated add boneless tripe to the diet to dilute the bone content of completes.

Once fully transitioned, you can then add a raw egg to the diet a couple of times a week, then you can add raw fish. We prefer to feed raw fish frozen, as there is a much lower likelihood of regurgitation when fish is fed frozen.

Puppies at 8 weeks, require approximately 10% of their current bodyweight per day.

  • From 10-16 weeks approximately 8%
  • From 16-20 weeks approximately 7%
  • From 20-24 weeks approximately 6%
  • From 24-36 weeks approximately 5%
  • From 36-56 weeks approximately 4%
  • From 56-68 weeks approximately 3.5%

 

Once fully grown, which can differ by breed, the average adult will require between 2-3% of their bodyweight per day.

How do I start raw feeding?

Be guided by the dog in front of you, if the dog is overweight reduce the amount, if the dog is underweight you can increase the amount.

All dogs have different metabolic rates, just like humans so whilst one dog may thrive on 2.5% of its bodyweight per day a dog of the same breed may need much more, or even much less.

14 thoughts on “How do I start raw feeding?”

  1. Good morning, I have a 1yr old GSD and I am considering a raw food diet. How much should she have she weighs 31kg. I’m just unsure how to work it out. Also what would the cost a month be for a raw food diet please.

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  2. We have recently adopted a two year old springer bitch, she has been spade
    Our existing Springer is fed Kiezebrink complete
    Is this meat OK to switch over to raw with if I use the chicken complete and gradually introduce other flavours
    Thank you
    Stel

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    • Morning Stella,

      I’d suggest feeding a mince that has no offal in when first transitioning as this can be too rich when starting out and may cause stomach upsets. A basic tripe mince mixed with chicken or turkey ( no higher than 10% bone) for the first 3-4 days while the gut adjusts then slowly introduce one new protein at a time by mixing it in. Keep and eye on the poo as that will help guide you. If you have any concerns please give us a call.

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  3. Hi I will be getting my puppy next week 12 weeks Staffordshire bull terrier. Her breeder currently giving the puppies Ava biscuits and being weaned on porridge in a morning made with lacto free milk, scrambled eggs, for lunch and at dinner she been weaned on to have cooked chicken/ mince or steak with either potatoes and veg or rice.
    but they have also had Ava wet food as a go to if needed. That seems a lot (cooking/prep work) I would like to give the raw diet a go but no idea where to start

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  4. Hello,
    I’ve been feeding raw for a year now, my dog has gone off his food several times and I’ve been able to get him back on raw by switching brands but now his stool is really dark and soft since my last change to a 80*10*10 diet. How can I get his stool perfect again? Is this normal?

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    • Hi there, we always recommend back to basics in these situations, so I would go back to chicken and tripe with no offal and 10% bone for a few days, The Dogs Butcher produce a lovely product that is ideal for this.

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  5. Hi,
    What would you recommend for a dog with a chicken allergy? I want to start feeding my 2yo 39kg golden retriever raw diet and looked at your introduction to raw guide but it contains chicken.
    Thanks!

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    • Hi there, you can start with duck & tripe instead of chicken, or turkey & tripe, then continue in the same manner as described in the guide 🙂

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  6. Hi there
    I have been feeding my boxer dog, 16 months old on raw since October. He has got on well with it, however the past few months his stools became intermittenly loose. Then my husband bought a raw treat from doggy daycare, which was not our usual supplier and he has had sickness and diarrhoea with emergency vet trip and various trips to our vet. Our vet also said he should be on a veterinary kibble, which against my better judgement we did, but he is back to soft/loose stools which is why we put him on raw in the first place. My question is was I feeding him correctly on raw? He is 24kg, he is a small boxer, he was fed on two thirds of a 1kg chubb of Kiezerbrink everyday and had a raw treat every day, which was a pigs ear, cows ear or trachea, an LK woolfbrush dentastick, and 5 peices of gluten free mixer which each meal. He would not eat the Horse, Wood Pigeon, Pheasant and Fish chubbs and he is allergic to chicken, so he was on Turkey, Duck and Lamb, Lamb, Salmon and Rabbit. I would like to put him back on raw, but is there a raw that is lighter than the chubbs as he has such a delicate tummy would the Just Natural minces or Paleo be more suited? Also, should I have been giving him Dorwest Tree Bark and Apple Cider when his stools were loose? And should he have been eating a raw bone once a week, and if so what bone would you suggest and was I feeding him too much or too little? Apologies for the long message. Martha

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    • Hi Martha

      I would suggest going back to basics with him. Start him on a course of pro-biotics, and feed bone broth with his meals. I would start with a plain mince. no offal, turkey and tripe or duck and tripe, as he can’t have chicken. Landywoods do a Lamb Tripe and Turkey Mince which would work, and The Dogs Butcher do a Duck and Tripe mince. I would start with one of those for 3 or 4 days, then introduce the other. After a week on those 2 plain minces, gradually introduce small amounts of a gentle complete, turkey and tripe complete would be a good one to start with, Birmingham Raw do this. I would add a little Turkey and Tripe Complete to a meal, rather than feeing a whole meal of it. Hope this helps.
      Yes you can use Tree Bark Powder as and when needed. The amount you need to feed him depends on his age, weight and whether he is neutered or not.

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  7. Hi, my boxer suffers with pancreatic problems and needs a low fat diet. Can I mix raw feed with his current dry food? And what would you recommend please for the lower fat.

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    • Hi there, we do not recommend mixing raw and dry if it can be helped, as it is very difficult to produce a balanced diet this way. Rabbit is low fat (super lean), avoid obviously high fat meats like Lamb and Duck.

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