Transitioning to Raw Diet

How to transition from kibble to Just Raw?

When it comes to transitioning your dog off their old diet and onto a raw diet with Just Raw, we recommend doing so in a way that’s the best option for you and your furry friend. Some dogs can be harder to transition than others; it may take a bit of trial and error at first, but don’t lose hope!

The Gradual Transition

When switching your dog to a raw diet, some dogs take a better liking to a gradual approach (especially those picky eaters or senior dogs!). As change isn’t always easy, it may be best to slowly transition your dog off of their previous diet by introducing Just Raw into their kibble by combination feeding. Over time, gradually decrease the kibble until their bowl is only Just Raw.

The All-In Transition

Sometimes, the best way to make a switch - is to just do it! This approach usually works best for those younger pups as their metabolism is higher and can withstand a diet switch right away. If you want to, you can make your dog skip a meal until they’re hungry and then offer them Just Raw (otherwise known as fasting). This allows your dog to become curious enough and enticed by the new and delicious flavours, foods and smells!

It’s important to note that most dogs will have no issues switching from kibble to a Just Raw diet. However, some dogs may experience a digestive upset when first introduced to a raw diet, resulting in loose stools, gas, and vomit. Rest be assured, this is very common, and the situation should most likely improve within a couple of days. You can also try adding some pumpkin into their raw diet to firm up their stool. 

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Here is how you make the switch.

The most effective method is to immediately switch from kibble to a complete raw diet. Fast your dog for a period of 12 to 24 hours and start with a Just Raw poultry dinner as it is easier for your dog to digest. Make sure the raw diet is completely thawed as your dog might vomit if the food is too cold.

 Most dogs will have no issues switching from kibble to Just Raw diet. However, some dogs will experience a digestive upset when first introduced to raw resulting in loose stools, gas and vomit. This is very common and the situation should improve within a couple of days. You can also add some pumpkin into the raw diet to firm up the stool. It is not recommended to feed kibble and raw diet together. Dogs will digest kibble at a different rate than a raw diet which can cause stomach problems.