Fears About A Raw Diet
Because feeding a species-appropriate raw food diet is new to most of us, many people are understandably a little apprehensive about making the switch. If you have some anxieties about switching your dog to a carnivore diet, read on!
Remember, too, that carnivores are able to regurgitate their food. Sometimes a dog may bring its food back up again if it hasn’t pulverized the food to a small enough piece; generally, it will just eat the food again after bringing it back up. This differs from vomiting and is no cause for worry.
Dogs should not be fed cooked meat and bones, only raw, so this is not an issue. When you first switch your dog to a raw diet, they may vomit up small pieces of bone. This should go away once they have adjusted to eating the new diet, and isn’t a reason to worry.
Similarly, the idea of balance over time can help when transitioning a dog to rich organ meat or a new protein source. Until your dog has gotten established on a raw diet, introduce new proteins and organs slowly. And if your pet is transitioning from a processed diet, again, go slowly (for example, feeding only chicken for the first couple weeks) to allow their body time to start shedding out the toxins present as a result of feeding the kibble. Give them a chance to detox and move through the healing response before introducing new and richer protein sources.
Once the raw diet is established, you will find you can introduce variety more quickly. And remember the adage “Know thy dog.” Watch their stools, watch their demeanor, and watch how they react to various proteins and sizes of meals.
While you may still see occasional tummy upsets, you’ll be able to adjust what you are feeding to assist your dog through those upsets while still achieving balance over time.
One thing to keep in mind when you switch your dog to a raw diet is their stool will change. The stool of a raw-fed dog is much denser, more compact, and smaller than a kibble-fed dog’s. Raw-fed dogs also have to strain a bit more to get it out (which helps keep their anal glands clear). Sometimes people think that their dogs are constipated with a raw diet, when in fact they’re just eliminating much less frequently because their bodies can use almost everything in the food.
Healthy animals will not present with disease when switched to a raw diet. If a dog does exhibit disease symptoms when switched to a raw diet, it is important to stay with the raw diet to start giving the body the nutrients it needs to support and re-balance itself. If necessary, other modalities may be used to lend the body additional support.
Because raw-fed dogs generally don’t have many of the health issues that a kibble-fed dog does, you save money in the long run on vet bills, teeth cleaning, and even things like anal gland expression.
Remember that health is not about convenience, it is about providing the body with the support it needs to keep itself in optimal health.
It is much more convenient to feed a raw diet than to constantly take your pet to the vet to deal with the issues feeding a processed diet causes. And ultimately, because raw meat, bones, organs, and glands are essential for carnivores such as your dog, feeding a species-appropriate raw diet can help your dog live longer and have a much greater quality of life while it is here.