Converting your dog to our natural diet
This document is for those of you that are converting your dog from a dry food or canned food diet. One of the first things you need to understand is those diets are high in additives and artificial sweeteners to make the food taste good. Smaller dogs are typically pickier than larger dogs and it’s essential that you follow directions or it can be challenging.
Some of you may feed your dog twice a day and some may feed your dog once a day, that choice is yours. When feeding raw or natural food, dogs should eat 2-3% of their body weight on average daily based on their energy level and puppies and highly active dogs can eat as high as 4%-5% of their body weight daily.
You can access our feeding chart here: Feeding Chart – Link
Always take a few selections out of the freezer and put them in the refrigerator to thaw out so you have them ready for the following day. When you introduce the food, you simply place it in a bowl and feed them like you normally do. If they don’t eat it, pick it up and put it in the refrigerator for a while until they get hungry. Some dogs like the food at room temperature. You may have to starve your dog for a while to encourage them to eat, but that is okay, dogs can go a long time without eating. We know this can be hard, but you have to be a good parent and be strong if your dog detests the food until they finally eat it.
If later they don’t eat it, they may go for a day or two without eating. I can assure you that once they are so hungry because they haven’t eaten, they will eventually gobble it down. We have changed thousands of dogs over to a natural diet so rest assured you are in good hands. Initially with the transition, your dog may vomit or even have diarrhea which is natural. Dogs that have been on a pure dry food diet tend to vomit more than dogs that have already been on a wet food diet. Please understand this isn’t the food, this is their insides being acclimated to dry stuff and now you introduce wet food and your pet has to adjust. Their esophagus literally has a coating caused by constantly eating dry food and in time, the wet food will wash that away and your dog may vomit initially.
Your dog may drink a lot less and urinate less if they were on a dry food diet as well because a dry food diet is a dehydrating diet and your pet will always drink more. Don’t be alarmed if they don’t drink as much. Now they receive moisture and hydration from their food. If your dog has diarrhea, simply monitor it for a while and make sure there is some texture to it. If it’s like water and that persists, call the store and speak to somebody there about the issue so we can make some adjustments. You can also leave us a message in the “Chat” box on the front page and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
Good luck and we are happy to see your doggy eating healthier today!
The Pet Deli Team