How to Feed Your Pet

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Remember Your Pets Always Need Access to Fresh Clean Water

 

 


 

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Best percentage of food per weight for your dog: Feed 2% of your dog’s ideal weight

Best percentage of food per weight for your puppy: Feed 5% to 7% of your puppies ideal weight

 

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Cats

Best percentage of food per weight for your cat or kitten: Feed 3% to 5% of your cat or kitten’s ideal weight

 


Switching to Raw Food

You can switch all at once or gradually add small amounts of raw food to your dog or cat’s regular ration. Remember to decrease the other food as the raw food is increased. There is no “right way”, only what is best for your dog or cat. Below is a recommended schedule. You know your dog or cat better than anyone. So, slow down or speed up based on how your dog or cat is doing.

Most dogs and cats do very well switching over to raw food. Don’t try and rush things. Keep the diet simple at first. This is particularly important for older/middle aged dogs and cats. Don’t over load your pet with a wide variety of meats. Their digestive system may not be able to handle it yet, especially after a lifetime of kibble. Starting with a poultry blend may be easiest to digest. You can add variety later.

 

Here is a recommended schedule for switching to raw food.

Week 1

  • 25% State of Nature Raw Dinner Blend
  • 75% customary diet
  • Unlimited fresh clean water
  • (dogs) Raw knuckles or bones for recreational chewing

Week 2

  • 50% State of Nature Raw Dinner Blend
  • 50% customary diet
  • Unlimited fresh clean water
  • (dogs) Raw knuckles or bones for recreational chewing

Week 3

  • 75% State of Nature Raw Dinner Blend
  • 60-25% customary diet
  • Unlimited fresh clean water
  • (dogs) Raw knuckles or bones for recreational chewing

Week 4

  • 100% State of Nature Raw Dinner Blend
  • Unlimited fresh clean water
  • (dogs) Raw knuckles or bones for recreational chewing

 


Your Dog or Cat’s Reaction

Your dog or cat may not know what to do with raw food if it is accustomed to cooked food or kibble. Just be patient and enthusiastic about meals. Dogs especially pick up on every aspect of our tone and body language. Pick up the food after 10 minutes if it is not eaten. Wait an hour and try again. If the food is still not eaten, cover and refrigerate until the next regular meal. You might try decreasing the amount of raw food in the mix if your dog or cat is showing reluctance.

Cut out all treats. A hungry dog or cat will eat. Nature designed them that way.

Possible Observations

You may notice changes in your pet’s stool. Diarrhea to some degree is normal during the switch from kibble to raw. It is not from the change of food so much as your dog or cat is finally detoxing their system. All toxins and digestive sludge are discharged in the stool. It is not uncommon to see parasites and mucous on the stool briefly. If your dog or cat has received good care and nutrition they will breeze through this period with minor effects. If you have adopted your pet from a shelter or if your pet has been on a diet of poor quality expect to see these symptoms for a somewhat longer period while deep healing takes place. Old skin problems may flare up while your pet’s immune system is regenerating. This is one of many normal responses to healing and detoxification.


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FAQ’s

Is Raw Food Safe for Puppies and Kittens?

Yes, it is ideal for them. Remember both puppies and kittens have small mouths and weak jaws. Their food must be sized appropriately. Chewing is an important part of their development. Also puppies and kittens grow rapidly. Neither should be allowed to overeat or become overweight.

All puppies here at State of Nature Raw are weaned on our raw food diets, starting at three weeks old.

My Dog is Drinking A Lot Less Water on Raw Food.

Raw food in its natural state has abundant natural moisture. Your dog is now generating more of his/her water from the raw food. Kibble is completely dry, so additional water must be consumed for kibble to pass through the digestive tract.

Do You Recommend Bone Chewing?

Raw bone chewing is highly recommended. Only fresh raw bones should be given to dogs. Cooked bones are dangerous. Rawhide bones are often preserved with toxic chemicals. Raw, meaty bones are the backbone of superior canine nutrition.

Are Chicken Bones Dangerous for My Dog?

Chicken bones are dangerous for dogs, but only if they are cooked. In their raw state chicken bones are soft and easily chewed. They are full of moisture, marrow, vitamins and enzymes. Cooking the bones not only makes them brittle and sharp, it destroys the nutrients. You can feed fresh raw chicken bones to your dog with confidence.

 

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