The transitional process is a time for rebuilding the animals gut health and supporting their bodies natural ability to heal and adapt.
Before you begin making changes to their food, take the time to asses their body condition and consider any physical and environmental factors that may influence the process. When they are ready, consider some factors below in ensuring a positive experience.
Slow transition. Not all of us love dramatic change, right? this is why we suggest introducing little by little until it becomes their full meal! This could even start with bones!
Ideally, we recommend:
Day 1-2 = 80% old food + 20% new food,
Day 3-5 = 50% old food + 50% new food
Day 5-8 = 20% old food + 80% new food
Day 8-10 = 100% new food
But it's important to read your dog, if they have adjusted well it may be quicker, if not it may be longer.
Even if your dog is currently eating raw, we still recommend transitioning any new food in.
Meat temperature. Something we suggest is to let the meat you are about to feed to your pet to sit out the fridge or warm up on a stove. Sometimes a cold meal isn't all that appetising
Stool change. A common misconception is that runny stools indicate allergies, which is not generally the case. Cats and dogs are natural carnivores! They just need a little time to adapt to the change.
Keep it Simple. Adding too many ingredients into one meal can make the meal too rich for their little tummies!
Remember, good things happen with time. Sometimes your pet won’t take to the new diet overnight but time and persistence of introduction is key, they are only used to what they know.