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Categories: Feeding a Raw Diet

Q. Did I start my dog on too many different meats too fast?
My dog is on a raw diet. He's a 7 month old 40lb boxer/pit named Tyson. At first I started with a wide variety of meats (chicken backs/neck/liver, ground chuck, tripe, egg, etc.) and I'm afraid I've moved to fast. I was also mixing it with wet food or dry kibble. He has had bad diarrhea since the change and I'm wondering if it's his system getting used to the raw or if it's or the different variety of raw meat being introduced to quickly. If so, and I'm to start him slow and work towards a completely raw diet, I am definitely interested in your product instead of still using kibble. Your thought?


A. I believe you’ve made a variety of common errors which happens with people new to raw. Too much variety too fast can certainly give a pup diarrhea and we NEVER mix the raw diet with kibble and canned food.

I’d suggest before you get going again you first educate yourself on the proper way to switch and to the appropriate foods to use for a dog new to raw.

Here is a Q & A section on raw feeding.

I would recommend having these 2 books in your library, you’ll use them a lot at first. Raw Dog Food and Natural Nutrition for Dogs & Cats. We give both of these books to our puppy customers and we almost never get questions on raw feeding.

If you do want to use a commercial diet in conjunction with the raw diet, then I would recommend the Honest Kitchen products. We use Embark for puppies and growing dogs. There is a question and answer section on this page about how to use this food along with a raw diet.

Another helpful tip is to use digestive enzymes and probiotics while the dog is acclimating to the new diet. These 2 things can really help during the transition.

I’d also direct you to the search function in the upper left corner of the website. It will find posts, articles and Q & A’s that deal with your search terms. The raw diet is one of the most commonly discussed topics on our forum.

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