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Quick Start Guide


This is a condensed version of our more in depth prey model raw feeding guide. Don’t try to move faster thru this process. We’ve designed this thru lots of research and hands on experience to minimize the chances of digestive upset. Trying to force new meats faster will almost guarantee you’ll see digestive issues.

Weeks 1 and 2

Fasting your dog one day before giving them anything raw is highly recommended

Feed chicken backs for the first 2-3 days.

After the 3rd day I would add in chicken quarters alternating with backs, every other meal.(add drumsticks if you have a smaller dog)

Continue with alternating chicken backs and quarters until you have noticed consistent firm stools for at least 7 days in a row.

Weeks 3 and 4
Turkey is next. Turkey necks or wings would work great for this.

Add in turkey alternating with chicken every other meal.

If you have noticed a bit of looser stool, you can add in one turkey meal to every two chicken meals until you notice things are back to normal and then try and add more turkey back in.

Continue until you have noticed consistent firm stools for at least 7 days in a row.

The next protein source I recommend is pork or fish, either one.

A lot of dogs will not eat raw fish, so you can give canned fish instead. Canned salmon, tuna, sardines or mackerel work well, but they are expensive if you have a lot of dogs to feed (canned tuna is not bone in, the rest should be).

If going with pork, I would add in pork ribs.

Add either fish or pork in the same way you did with turkey, alternating it every other meal with chicken and turkey.

For example, morning meal would be chicken, evening meal is fish, then the next day the morning meal is turkey.

Continue until you have noticed consistent firm stools for at least 7 days in a row.

Again, if you notice loose stool, go in a bit lighter on the new protein source, until you can get it in every 3rd meal without a hitch.

Remember that bone adds bulk to their stool, keeping them nice and firm.

Weeks 5 and 6

If you added in fish last time, add in pork and vise versa. Add them in the same techniques used before during the first couple of weeks.

Week 6 I would add in beef, which is most likely not going to be bone in. Most bone in beef sources are not okay for dogs to eat because the bones are just way too dense for their teeth to crunch through. The only bone in beef source that we feed to our dogs is beef ribs, and its more of a treat and recreational chewing than a meal.

Adding beef heart is a bit trickier than anything else up to this point. Not only does it not have any bone to add bulk to stool, but its super rich. I recommend giving half the amount in weight of beef heart than you normally give. In this case, less can be better. Once your dog gets used to something so rich you can add in more.

Most likely you will see some loose stool. You can feed chicken backs a meal before and after for the added bone or in conjunction with the beef heart. Then the next day just do chicken and turkey. Feed your rotation of chicken, turkey, fish, pork and beef until you see a weeks worth of normal stool.

Weeks 7 and 8

This is the time when you add in organ meats. Lots of dogs refuse to eat organ meat. You might find yourself having to do a bit of prep work to the organs just to get your dog to eat them. This could mean doing a light sear with some spices or feeding it to them frozen, or the tried and true method that we use of just shoving it down their throats!

Organs are an essential part of the prey model raw diet.

Unlike before this addition is just a once a week thing.

The amount you will feed will be similar to what you did with beef heart because organs are very, very rich and will cause loose stool with almost every dog out there.

You can feed organs with chicken backs to help alleviate digestive upset.

Some people feed just a little bit of organ each day with each meal, this is fine too just as long as you keep the 1:1:8 ratio of organ, bone to meat ratio in the back of your mind.


Now that you’ve made it this far I’m sure you’ve got questions. Take a look at our more in depth prey model raw feeding guide and let us know how we can help you!

Disclaimer

Although a diet of whole raw foods based on Nature’s prey model is the most natural, healthy way for our carnivorous companion animals to eat, it is not a cure-all for any or all ailments, nor should it be considered as such. If your pet is ill you are advised to seek out the services of a professional pet health care provider. The material contained on this website is the author’s opinion and is shared for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing written herein is intended or should be considered as veterinary advice, and the author assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse by the reader of this information.




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