Cat and dog owners often look to switch their furry friend’s diet for a number of reasons. Whether it is a health issue that your pet is experiencing or a lifestyle change that the owner is trying to make, raw diets are an excellent option.
The team at Corrina’s Corner is here to help all pet owners that are looking to make the switch. We can help you determine what would be the best way to transition your pet and what type of proteins to start their new raw diet with.
How to Make the Switch
Of course, every pet is different. Whether you’re transitioning a puppy to a raw food diet or an older cat with digestive issues to a raw food diet, every transition is a unique process. There are two methods that pet owners tend to follow; one is a gradual transition while the other is cold turkey.
Cold Turkey Method
This method is better for puppies, kittens and younger pets with confident owners. We mention the owners because, some pets may experience diarrhea or upset stomach for a few days, causing concern to their owner.
How the cold turkey method works is, one day your pet is eating their normal diet and the next they are eating their raw food. This method is quick, simple, and convenient for pet owners.
This is the more common method, as it is recommended to use with any sort of diet change for your pet. To properly transition your pet, mix their current food with the new food for at least 5-7 days. Again, depending on your pet and their overall health, this process could take as little as 5 days or long as 6 months. Over this transition period, gradually decrease the amount of the current food, while increasing the amount of new food.
Gradually transitioning your pet’s food will decrease their chances of digestive issues, or upset stomach. Younger and healthier pets typically have an easier time with diet changes than older pets or pets with digestive issues.
Symptoms to Look For
When transitioning your pet’s food, they may experience some complications. Some will go away with time, while others could be more serious.
Most of the symptoms we have listed below is just your pet’s natural way of “detoxing” from the harmful ingredients found in their dry kibble and will go away over time. Here are a few things you should look out for when you’re transitioning your pet’s food.
- Digestive distress
- GI problems
- Mucus in stool
- Excess shedding
- Dry skin
Transition Your Cat or Dog to a Raw Food Diet with Corrina’s Corner
If you’re looking to switch your pet to a raw food diet, you have made an excellent decision! Talk to the experts at Corrina’s Corner to help you decide how to transition your pet and what protein sources would work best for them.