Congratulations on taking the first step towards starting your dog on a NutriCanine raw diet. You are now on the way to having a happier, healthier dog.
Studies have shown that just by switching to a raw diet, you could extend your dog’s life by two years. We recommend starting your dog on our pre-portioned raw meal plan as soon as you bring them home. Within the first two weeks, you’ll start to see the benefits of a NutriCanine raw diet.
Once you’ve received your first meal box from NutriCanine, you can begin to transition your dog to their new diet. There are two different ways to help your dog switch from a kibble diet to a NutriCanine raw diet. You can either choose to follow the Immediate Method to start your dog on a 100% NutriCanine raw diet right away, or you can use the Gradual Method to slowly phase out your dog’s old food and gradually replace it with NutriCanine.
We recommend the Immediate Method as it offers the best results in the shortest amount of time.
If your dog is already eating a raw diet from a different provider, you can simply replace their old food with NutriCanine, or follow our Immediate Method guide.
Immediate Method (Recommended)
With the majority of dogs over one year of age, the best way to transition to a raw diet is to fast your dog for 24 hours and then feed one NutriCanine pre-portioned meal.
By fasting your dog (that means no food, no treats, just water) for 24 hours, it allows their digestive system to rest and reset, and it helps to boost their immune system. After fasting, your dog will also be hungrier, more interested in eating and more adaptable to the NutriCanine raw diet.
Never fast a puppy under one year of age. Instead, replace their previous food with their NutriCanine pre-portioned meals at regular feeding times.
Before feeding your dog their first NutriCanine meal we recommend removing it from the refrigerator and letting it sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes. In the early stages of transitioning, some dogs may react negatively to a cold meal and could even regurgitate it. To be on the safe side, we recommend feeding your dog room temperature meals for five days before feeding your dog directly from the refrigerator.
The first few times that you put a bowl of raw food in front of your pet, they may seem unsure or uneasy about it. This is completely normal and common in many dogs who haven’t been fed a raw diet in the past. Think of a baby discovering a new vegetable – it can be upsetting at first because it’s new and different, even though vegetables are good for the baby. Your dog is the same way.
Raw dog food is very different compared to the kibble or cooked food that they might be used to. Give your dog extra time to eat (up to 15 minutes). After this time, put any leftovers in the fridge for their next meal.
We recommend adding a digestive aid or goat Kefir when first starting your dog on a raw diet. However, most dog parents have found that an immediate transition from kibble or cooked food to NutriCanine is smooth, easy and doesn’t result in any digestive issues.
We recommend the Immediate Method, as studies have proven it to be more effective. The Gradual Method is much more difficult and time-consuming, but it is an option for pet owners who are interested in an alternative to the Immediate Method.
The Gradual Method is to introduce a NutriCanine raw diet slowly, by feeding your dog small portions of raw food with their kibble meals.
Before feeding your dog their first NutriCanine meal we recommend removing it from the refrigerator and letting it sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes. In the early stages of transitioning, some dogs may react negatively to a cold meal and could even regurgitate it.
Mix a small amount of the room-temperature raw food with your dog’s kibble. The ratio should be approximately 75% kibble and 25% raw food. After two days of successful feeding, increase the ratio to 50% kibble and 50% raw food. After two more days of successful feeding, increase to 25% kibble and 75% raw food. When two more days of successful feeding have passed, your dog is ready to eat 100% raw meals. You can now rely completely on NutriCanine’s pre-portioned raw dog food meals.