The general rule of thumb is to feed between 2% – 3% of your dog’s ideal body weight in raw food each day. For example, a 50 lb. dog in good condition and average activity level will require about 1 to 1.5 lbs. of food each day. The more active your dog, the more you will need to feed. If you have a very active working dog then aim for 4% – 6% of the dog’s weight, or 2 to 3 lbs. per day. Most folks feed twice a day, but do what works for your dog as well as your schedule.
During the first 3 – 5 days of the transition plan, simply feed one of our straight poultry products, either the Ground Backs or Double Ground Turkey. This gives the dog’s digestive enzymes a chance to adjust to simple, raw meat and bone. Over the next two to four weeks, gradually introduce our blends. Your ultimate goal is to be feeding straight poultry about a third of the time and one, or a variety of our blends, about two thirds of the time. This will provide a complete and balanced diet.
After this initial phase you can gradually ease into our blends, starting with our most basic, Pro Energy. Add this meal to the plan every 2nd day for about a week.
Around day 10 you can now add in either the Lean Chicken dinner or the Turkey dinner, both containing fruits and veggies. Replace one day of the straight poultry meals and one day of the Pro Energy meals during the next week with either dinner. These Fruit/Veggie dinners are important because they contain fibre, amongst other very important macro and micro nutrients, which dogs need to help their bowels move and fully digest the raw food. Larger dogs may need even more fibre added to their diet, such as pumpkin or other vegetables and fruit.
By day 18 you can add in the 4Pro Fish blend if you wish, and continue this to the end of the 30 day period. Now a basic 6 day meal rotation could look like this:
Straight poultry – Lean Chicken Dinner – 4Pro Fish – Straight poultry – Lean Chicken Dinner – Pro Energy.
Going forward you can change the mixture and frequency of the various meals as suits your dog; no one plan works for every dog. You need to find out what works for your dog. Check out our product descriptions on our website for additional help and info.
** Please read the DO’s and DON’Ts of Raw Feeding.