Dog and Cat Raw Food Diet Tips
Raw food diets for pets? You’ve read about them. People are talking about them. They’re supposed to be really good for your pets. But is it ideal for your favorite furry little friend?
The only way you’re truly going to find out is if you give it a try. But it seems like a difficult transition, right? It seems like it’s going to be a lot of hard work, and you might not be prepared for it.
Well, the health of your pet is obviously very important to you. Otherwise you wouldn’t even consider a raw diet in the first place. So think about getting your pet healthy and strong, and that will help the transition go over a lot more smoothly.
But that’s definitely not the only thing to try…
We came across a great article that will tell you exactly what you need to do in order to help your pet transition to a raw food diet. It takes all of the guesswork out of the entire process, and allows you to benefit from the wisdom of the author.
How does that sound? Do you think you can help your pet transition to a raw food diet? Read the article now and find out…
Slow and steady does more than just win the race, it can also be a key to success when you are introducing a new pet food to your pet. This is especially true if you’re introducing the raw food diet to your cat or dog. Since sudden changes disrupt your pet’s digestive system, it’s important to gradually change your pets diet by slowly introducing new food mixed with the old.
It’s highly recommended when changing your pet’s food that you supplement current food with 25 percent of the new food to start, then 50 percent and 75 percent. This should be gradual and take about 10 days to two weeks to be complete. If your pet is very finicky, you may need longer for the change over.
Beginnings gives tips for transitioning your pet to a raw diet.
Melinda Miller, author of the informational booklet – Beginnings has these tips for transitioning your pet to a raw food diet.
For dogs –Miller suggests to ease into the transition in advance by adding probiotics (acidophilus) and digestive enzymes to your pet’s normal food a day or two in advance to making the switch. These support a healthy digestive cycle and help your pet transition comfortably to a raw food diet. Look for these helpful ingredients at high-quality pet product stores.
For cats – Don’t be surprised if your finicky friend initially rejects this unfamiliar food. Cats may have become accustomed to the unnatural flavorings in conventional cat foods. For the first few meals of the raw food diet, try their preferred protein source, and then begin rotating protein sources to add variety and to keep their interest.
When thawing – You should be just as cautious as when you prepare food for yourself. Keep meat and poultry separate and make sure working surfaces, utensils, hands and other items that come in contact with the raw food food are cleaned with hot soapy water. A two-pound Bravo! Chub will defrost in the refrigerator within 24 hours (three to four hours on the counter). Refrigerate leftovers within a few hours and serve the remainder in one to two days.
When serving – Raw food should be fully thawed and served at room temperature or slightly chilled. This enhances the meat’s flavor and makes it more palatable for your pet. Read more here
That wasn’t so bad, right? It seems like it’s quite doable. You should be able to use the information provided in the article to make this transition go over a lot more smoothly.
And guess what?
Your pet will be a lot healthier for your efforts. It will live longer, stronger and happier. Isn’t that the ultimate goal?
Has anyone helped their pet transition to a raw food diet? We’d love to hear about your experience. Please leave a comment and tell us all about it. You’ll be helping your fellow pet lovers by allowing them to benefit from your wisdom and experience.