A raw diet does not need to be gradually introduced, feed normal food at night and start raw the next morning.
A balanced and nutritionally correct raw diet should consist of 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal with 5% of the offal being liver. By feeding these ratios you can be sure your dog is getting 100% of the nutrients he/she needs.
Raw is fed at 2-3% of the ideal adult weight, puppy amounts are at the bottom of the page. (this is just a guide as all dogs are different, some will need more and some will need less)
We advise when switching to feed plain tripe mince for a week. This helps a dog’s digestive system to slowly adjust to his new diet.
Meal Plan for starting on completes.
Week 1 Plain Lamb tripe mince. ( this will help the dog stomach acidity change from kibble)
Week 2 Just Chicken complete.
Week 3 Ox tripe and duck complete or Ox tripe and Chicken complete.
Week 4 Lamb Tripe & Chicken complete or Lamb Tripe and Duck complete.
Week 5 Ox and Duck complete or Ox and chicken complete.
Week 6 Lamb or Pork Complete.
Now you are feeding a good variety, you can now inc Oily Fish, Raw Eggs and whole bones. ( please supervise your dog when feeding whole bones)
Meal Plan for starting with Non Completes and DIY
Week 1 Tripe Mince
Week 2 Tripe & chicken Mince or Tripe & Duck Mince. ( These are 20% bone so will need to be mixed with plain tripe or one meal of each)
Week 3 Lamb or Ox Mince or Chunks (these are boneless so 10% bone needs to be added ie mix with Tripe & Chicken or Tripe & Duck mince)
Week 4 same as week 3 just choose a different Protein.
Now you can start adding Offal, a good raw diet should inc 5% Liver and 5% other Offal ie Kidney, Testicle etc. you can also add Oily Fish, Raw Eggs and Whole bones.
You should be aiming to feed at least 5-6 different Proteins Lamb, Ox, Duck, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Rabbit, Turkey etc.
REMEMBER variety is needed to cover all nutritional needs.
Too much bone will cause constipation and could lead to impaction.
You may like to add vegetables and/or fruit to your dog’s raw diet. This does no harm but is not essential. Dogs do not possess stomach enzymes capable of breaking down cellulose (vegetable matter) so mostly it just passes through!
Puppy Feeding Amounts:
1-2 Months 10% of present body weight per day.
2-3 Months 9%
3-4 Months 8%
4-6 Months 6%
6-9 Months 4%
9-12 Months 3%
12 Months + feed as adults 2-3%
This is only a guide as all dogs are different.