Making the Switch from Kibble to Raw Diet

Making the Switch from Kibble to Raw Diet

If you are dead set on switching your dog from kibble to a raw diet, there are a few things that you need to be aware of. Many pets will start getting picky about the foods that they eat when they eat kibble, and this can make it difficult for you to switch to a raw diet. Processed foods often contain ingredients that can be ‘addictive’ to your pet. They add in ingredients and preservatives to make the food taste better, even though they use low quality ingredients. These ingredients may include MSG, salt, sugar, and other chemicals or spices. If your pet loves their kibble, and you want to switch to a raw diet, here are a few tips that will help you.

Understand the Obstacles You May Face


First, you need to understand the obstacles that you may face as you make the switch. One of the first things that you may notice is that your pet starts looking at their food bowl in confusion. It may be something that they don’t recognize, or it may be a different texture or consistency. These are all factors that may make them likely to turn their nose up to the new diet. It may be a good idea to form the raw diet into balls that look like their kibble, or make it into a paste-like or mashed texture that they won’t mind eating.

How to overcome consistency and texture issues with your dog

  • Add water to the food to help make it softer.
  • Add a few bits of chunky food to the mix to make it more appetizing.
  • Focus on the temperature of the food. It shouldn’t be too hot or too cold.
  • Make sure that the food is fresh, because it will be more palatable.

Natural meat dog food or dry food

 

Other Tips for Making the Switch

It is always recommended for you to make the transition slowly. More often than not, if you go from kibble to a raw diet overnight, your pet will have an upset stomach. They may even downright refuse to eat the new food. While you don’t want to really mix canned or dry food with raw or dehydrated foods, it is okay in the beginning- just don’t make a habit of it. They digest differently, and at different speeds, so incrementally mixing the foods in the beginning is okay, but it isn’t safe to keep doing it long term.

 

Getting Your Dog to Try It

If you still haven’t had luck getting your dog to try their new raw diet, it may be time to try a few sneaky methods to get them to chow down. You can start by tricking them into trying it. Put the food somewhere that they wouldn’t normally eat. Out of pure curiosity, they may decide to try it if they think it was their idea. If this doesn’t work, then you may need to put it into a different type of dish. They may just not want to eat it because it is in the dish where their kibble belongs. These are both great ways to ‘trick’ your pet into eating the foods so to speak.

Starting out, you will want to feed them 75% kibble and 25% of the new food. Instead of upping the increments in a few days, you will want to wait until they don’t have loose stool. If they have solid stool, you can increase it by another 25%. Pay close attention to make sure that they are tolerating the diet, because some dogs have sensitivities to certain foods. If you notice any problems, you may need to look into a hypoallergenic or limited ingredient raw diet. Just remember, solid stools are a must before you make changes. If you notice too much sensitivity, slow down and increase in increments of 10% at a time. This will help make it go smoothly for both you and your dog.



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I've been a dog lover since the day I was born but it's the current four legged love of my life, Phoebe who inspired me to create the Munch.Zone.

We moved together from Israel to New York in 2013, love hiking together, and never pass up a trip to the dog park. Watching her over the years sparked so many questions about dog behavior and health needs, and it wasn't always easy to find answers. Thus, the Munch.Zone was born.

On any given day you'll find me watching Netflix originals, eating popcorn, and thinking about how to get into house flipping.

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