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Old 07-14-2012, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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EDIT 2016 - I have found that many dogs do not handle chicken very well or require more bone in the beginning to keep them solid. If you have completed week 1 of the transition but your dog still has runny or loose stools, stop feeding the legs all together. Instead look for ground necks/backs or even whole if they like chewing. Feed this for two whole weeks, then introduce some red meat to the mixture. If your dog is sensitive/allergic to chicken, substitute turkey or duck in its place.


Here is a week by week layout on how to easily and smoothly transition your dog to Raw. Regardless of age, any dog can be switched over

The PMR ( Prey Model Raw) diet is based on the 80-10-10 ratio. 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 10% organs. It is recommended to feed your dog at 2-3% of their ideal adult body weight with 2% being the most common. If transitioning puppies you can base their amount on 5-10% of current weight or as I do it, 2% of estimated adult weight.

Week 1 and 2: You will only offer your dog chicken. This can be necks, backs, wings, or legs. I prefer and always recommend you start with leg quarters. For the first 2 weeks you will remove all skin.

Week 3: You will still feed chicken but you will start leaving the skin on every other meal.

Week 4: You will still still feed chicken but you can now leave the skin on every meal.

Week 5 and 6: Lets try some red meats You can add in Beef daily. This can be anything that moo's. Steaks, ground, roasts, heart, ribs, lung etc. Red meats are richer and can cause loose or soft stools so let's start very slowly. You will add into you poultry base 2oz per meal for 3-4 days, then increase to 4 oz per meal for another 3-4 days. Keep an eye on those poops, make sure they stay nice and firm. Only increase of poops are normal, the goal is to get your dog to a mainly beef with a small amount of protein meal daily. (If feeding 1lb per meal and example would be 3-4oz poultry with bone, 12oz red meat)

If your dog is handling the chicken and beef you are now ready to move onto the next protein. Turkey I usually recommend that you add in a new protein every 2 weeks.

Week 7 and 8: You can add in some turkey. This can be turkey necks, backs, wings or legs. I prefer necks as they are very meaty and provide an excellent workout for your dog I replace the chicken ratio with turkey.

Week 9 and 10: Here piggy piggy! My guys LOVE Pork! Like the rest of the proteins you can now add this in 1-2 meals per week. Take Pork very slow!! Due to the extra fat content it can make your dog gassy in the beginning. This to shall pass Yes pun intended!!! Just like Beef, add it in with a bone in protein. I never feed Pork by itself, it is always placed with a bone in protein but each dog is different so figure out what works for your dog.

By this point your dog should be easily eating 4 proteins a week. I have found that my dogs need bone content in every single meal to keep their poops consistent. Once fully transitioned over we alternate proteins. AM - chicken/beef, PM - turkey/pork and so forth.

Your dogs diet is well on its way so now we can move onto fish.

Week 11 and 12: Fish can be fishy to feed. This was the hardest protein to get my crew on and 2.5 yrs later I still have one dog that refuses. Please do not feed canned fish. You want to try and get your dog on whole fish such as Mackeral, Sardines, Smelts, Salmon, Trout etc. if your dog does not eat it thawed, try feeding it frozen. If they still refuse I recommend you start supplementing Fish Oil daily with Vitamin E. 1-2000mg of fish oil/400UI of Vitamin E.

You can now start to add in some organs Organs should make up 10% of your dogs diet with 5% being liver. I would start adding in 1oz of liver in only ONE meal per day. If that goes well over the next 2 weeks, increase it to two meals per day (this is of course for medium to large breed dogs weighing between 50-80lbs) Liver can come from any animal but I mainly use chicken and beef. Once your dog handles liver you can then add in kidney as well. Heart is NOT an organ, it is fed as a muscle meat.

The more proteins you feed, the more balanced your dogs diet becomes. At a bare minimum I would try and feed 4 protein groups with 2 being red meats. If you have access to more proteins, then add them every two weeks like you did the first 4. I currently feed my crew:

chicken
turkey
beef
pork
lamb
fish
deer
rabbit
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Great guide for anyone wanting to switch over to raw, Kari

I made it a "sticky" so it's easier for people to find.

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Awesome!! Thanks so much Kari! So would we treat all red meat the same? For instance deer, moose, beef. Would you have to introduce each over a two week period? Or once one red meat is introduced they are all ok?
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Not all red meats are the same. For example, deer is way richer than beef. Moose is way leaner than beef. I would introduce each red meat on a 2 week cycle just like any other protein
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Ok. Perfect!! Thanks! . I think we are going to make the switch in sept or oct at the latest, that way I can start stocking up on chicken and turkey and plus it will be hunting season. We always have lots of fresh fish and salmon on hand so that won't be a problem although Tasia won't touch fish at all.
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Thanks for posting Kari!! As well as helping make me WAY more confident to switch.
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Be aware when feeding raw Salmon:
Salmon Poisoning Disease
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Be aware when feeding raw Salmon:
Salmon Poisoning Disease

I think this is why you are supposed to freeze fish for a certain length of time before feeding. Freezing kills any parasites. Just not sure how long to freeze.
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We have always only fed our dogs frozen fish, never thawed, no matter the type. Our salmon comes fresh out of the Fraser river (in BC Canada) is what I meant by fresh not store bought. I think the freezing time to kill any parasites is 3 weeks.
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