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I've been looking into raw feeding and am deeply considering adopting the prey model raw. I've been following up on this site and other raw-feeding forums. Dedicated to proper carnivore nutrition - Prey Model Raw Feeding for Dogs & Cats I've also just ordered a copy or Raw Meaty Bones and Work Wonders by Tom Lonsdale.

At some point I would like to go all raw, but my husband and I would like to ease into it instead of going cold turkey.

Make the switch, cold turkey, no pun intended! You do not want to start off your dog on raw feeding while still eating kibble. The two do not mix well together because it “confuses” the body about what it’s digesting. Feeding raw and kibble at the same time causes digestive upset and it is not recommended. If you do not want to throw away the kibble you have left, either donate it to a local animal rescue organization, they probably need it more than you do, or finish it.

Make the decision to switch and stick to it. This is a gradual process that takes patience sometimes, so keep that in mind. Remember that you are doing this because it IS the best thing that you could ever do for your canine companions.
Although I know it is not recommended to feed raw and kibble together, I've seen some owners successful on half and half. I'm certainly not going to feed kibble and raw in the same meal. I was thinking kibble in the morning and raw for dinner. Has anyone else done this?

I'm hoping to make a gradual transition by having the food mainly kibble to start and giving raw treat like chicken feet/ necks. Then gradually work up to 1 raw meal weekly then build from that. Is that acceptable or is it better that I just go all raw and nothing else? I admit I would still like to do some home cooking. If I go all raw does that mean some cooked treats are a no-no? Such as small cookies or training treats?

Please share some of your thoughts and experiences with me!
 

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Its really a matter of what works with your individual puppy. Cold turkey works very well, probably better than gradual, as the enzymes needed to digest raw bone are different from those needed to digest kibble. Its almost more confusing for the dog's system to do it gradually.

I did raw prey model for both my dogs for about a year. My female never really liked it, and now she is back on kibble/canned, much to her preference. My male eats both raw and kibble, so that defies what I just said. He gets a drumstick as a treat and teeth cleaner on a regular basis. Its his favorite food, the only thing he gets really excited to eat.
 

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My pet nutritionist recommends gradually introducing the raw food over going cold turkey. I also fed Prowl half raw and half kibble for the first 6 months of his life. No gas, no problems except for the extra output due to the kibble.

All my dogs are on a raw homemade now and still get cooked training treats to no ill effect.
 

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My pet nutritionist recommends gradually introducing the raw food over going cold turkey. I also fed Prowl half raw and half kibble for the first 6 months of his life. No gas, no problems except for the extra output due to the kibble.

All my dogs are on a raw homemade now and still get cooked training treats to no ill effect.
I'm so glad to hear that your dogs have been doing well on that diet! It's good to know a pet nutritionist encourages a gradual process instead of cold turkey :) Atleast now I know I can give it a try without feeling guilty.
 

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My pet nutritionist recommends gradually introducing the raw food over going cold turkey. I also fed Prowl half raw and half kibble for the first 6 months of his life. No gas, no problems except for the extra output due to the kibble.

All my dogs are on a raw homemade now and still get cooked training treats to no ill effect.
Its really a matter of what works with your individual puppy. Cold turkey works very well, probably better than gradual, as the enzymes needed to digest raw bone are different from those needed to digest kibble. Its almost more confusing for the dog's system to do it gradually.

I did raw prey model for both my dogs for about a year. My female never really liked it, and now she is back on kibble/canned, much to her preference. My male eats both raw and kibble, so that defies what I just said. He gets a drumstick as a treat and teeth cleaner on a regular basis. Its his favorite food, the only thing he gets really excited to eat.
I guess it will be up to Misster Dog to let me know which works for her then lol. Thanks for the feedback Tess!
 

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Good info from Failedslacker. I do find puppies can adapt much quicker than older dogs who have been on a mono-diet of kibble for years. The older dogs have lost the enzymes needed to digest bone, so it takes some time to get those juices going again.

Anyway, I'm sure you'll let us know how things go with your puppy! ;)
 

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All my dogs were switched over cold turkey, literally.
I switched my 17 yr old yorkie over the day after I adopted her, she had no issues digesting anything.
I feed everything raw but I do buy treats for the dogs like chicken strips, hotdogs, cheese, organic cookies etc.
But again all pets are different, I have never had issues moving any pet to raw but yet some have difficult time.
 
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