When administering a raw food diet to your dog, it’s important to know a few key factors to their changing diet.
When just starting out on a raw diet, it’s recommended to feed your dog about 2-3 percent of their adult weight. Example: If your dog is 50 pounds, feed him approximately one pound of food. When feeding puppies a raw diet, they too should be fed about 2-3 percent of their ideal adult weight. Because puppies need more calories, it’s important they are fed plenty of food.
*Note: Raw diets should not be given to dogs younger than 12 weeks.
Upon initially shifting your dog to a raw diet, some dogs may experience gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea. This is most common for dogs that may have a sensitive intestinal tract. While this can be common, the problem is likely only temporary.
“In some cases, the owner will need to add one new ingredient at a time to the diet until the dog can handle a full formula raw food meal. In other cases, adding digestive enzymes or slightly cooking the food for a few days will help sensitive dogs transition to the new food,” states Dr. Cathy Alinovi, DVM, and Holistic Veterinarian.
It’s strongly suggested to discuss your dog’s specific needs with your vet before making any significant changes to their diet. To learn more about a raw diet for your dog, check out Nutritionally Balanced Raw Beef Dog Food.