Making the transition from heat processed foods to a fresh food diet can be accomplished in several ways. How you decide to transfer your dog or cat will depend on age, health status and your pet's appetite.
Transitioning Your Dog
Integrating a new diet can be done slowly over a period of several days to several weeks depending on how well your dog accepts changes in his diet. Begin by adding a small amount of Carnivora to the current diet. Each day decrease the previous diet and increase Whole Animal patties. Progress as fast as your dog demonstrates acceptance. Watch for digestive or stool irregularities. If your dog rejects the previous diet and is accepting the Carnivora without any problems, then discontinue the old diet. However, if your dog refuses his new diet, then you will want to be certain the diet is fed at room temperature. You can also lightly cook Carnivora to encourage appetite. Gradually add small raw portions of the arnivore Whole Animal patties while decreasing the cooked portion with each consecutive meal until your dog is accepting his new diet totally raw.
This transition is simple and appropriate for most young and/or healthy dogs that have a history of easily accepting diet changes. You can approach this diet change by eliminating the previous diet completely and begin feeding Carnivora for the first meal of the day. This allows for a 12 hour fast prior to making the switch.
Transitioning Your Cat
Begin by removing all other food and offer a small portion of the Urban Carnivore patty. Serve at room temperature. If your cat readily eats the patty the transition is complete! Cats that are reluctant to eat their new raw food can be switched to a premium meat-formulated canned food. Start feeding at designated times and remove any food usually left out for free-choice feeding. Mix a small quantity of the Carnivora patty into the cats canned food meal. If the cat accepts this amount, begin to increase the portion of the Whole animal patty gradually in each meal, while reducing the canned food in proportion. Once the cat is established on the whole animal patties, you can feed a small amount of Prairie-Fed Beef Offal two to three times a week as either a separate meal or mixed in with the Whole Animal patties. You are ready to add the Carnivora supplements to the diet if desired.
If you have a pet that has digestive sensitivities, is on medication such as steroids, has a compromised immune system or is a senior, it may need to undergo a gradual transition to a raw diet. The transition may take several weeks to several months depending on the health status of the individual. If necessary, you can begin by cooking the Carnivora Whole Animal patties. Gradually add small, raw portions of the Carnivora patties while decreasing the cooked portion with each consecutive meal until your petis accepting its new diet totally raw.
When introducing new foods or supplements to your pet's diet, do not overfeed and divide the daily amount into several smaller meals. Excessive amounts of either may result in rejection of the food or cause gastrointestinal upset. Begin by simply introducing one of the Carnivora Whole Animal patties. Allow your pet to eat these patties for several days to ensure no digestive upsets and nice firm stools. Once these patties are accepted, you can begin to introduce other Whole Animal Patties, Urban Carnivore plant foods and supplements as desired.
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