Experts agree that all meat, bones and organs should not be enhanced, seasoned, smoked or cooked in any way.
When adding new raw food sources to your dogs diet, remember to start slow and gradually increase the amounts until you've reached the required ratio for your dog.
Monitor stools during the transition. Slow down when adding new items when stools become loose. Regular, firm stools are a good sign to move to the next step.
All puppies, especially young puppies, should eat total balanced meals (muscle meat, bone, liver and organs) because they have higher nutrient requirements during this critical growth period. The most important note to remember is to provide muscle meat and bone daily to ensure healthy growth.
Chicken Muscle and Bone Only
Red Meat Proteins
Liver and Other Organs
Variety and Balance
8-10% of Current Body Weight
3 Meals Daily
6-8% of Current Body Weight
3 Meals Daily
4-6% of Current Body Weight
2 Meals Daily
3-4% of Current Body Weight
2 Meals Daily
2-3% of Current Body Weight
1-2 Meals Daily
These are general guidelines, not strict rules. Monitor body condition to determine if more or less food is needed. Maintenance percentages will need to be increased or decreased depending upon activity levels and metabolism.
You should always consult your vet before starting a raw food diet.
All meat, bones and organs should not be enhanced, seasoned, smoked or cooked in any way.
Start slowly and gradually increase amounts until you've reached required ratios.
Monitor stools during the transition. Slow down when adding new items if stools become loose. Regular, firm stools and a vigorous appetite are good signs to move to the next step.
Some cats take to raw diets right away, always give your cat the option to switch to 100% raw meals before using the slow transition method.
Poultry and Fowl Neck bones are too dense and too high in bone content for most felines.
Weight Bearing Bones from poultry, fowl and ruminants create a risk of injury to the cat and should not be served.
Weekly bone servings equal one chicken wing tip and one chicken wingette fed three times a week.
Feed 3 times a day and remove uneaten food after 20 minutes. Multiple meals are healthier and the sensation of hunger will help your cat try new foods.
Slowly introduce wet food into your cat's dry food diet. Start with small amounts of wet food and gradually increase over time.
Slowly increase wet food and decrease dry food until your cat is only eating canned/wet food.
Mix pea sized chunks into the canned/wet food. Be sure to coat the raw food thoroughly with wet food to help encourage your cat to eat the raw food.
Continue to increase the amount of raw chunks mixed into wet food. When increasing the raw pieces, slowly increase the size of the chunks.
Once your cat is eating 75% raw chunks in wet food, it is time to switch to total raw meals.
You should always speak to your pet professional before making any changes to your pet's diet. The information provided is used as a general guide and should not replace the advice you receive from your vet.