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Transition Dogs to Raw, Step 3

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Each step of the transition slowly progresses dogs to a balanced raw diet. The third step of the raw feeding transition introduces liver and other secreting organs to progress towards balanced meals.

Secreting organs play an important role in raw diets. Therefore, it is time to feed organs once the dog is successfully eating red muscle meat, raw meaty bones, and vegetables.

Continue Red Meat

Continue feeding the red muscle meat from step 2.

Raw Meaty Bones Remain Consistent

Continue feeding raw meaty bones from lean, white proteins.

Introduce Secreting Organs

Introduce liver and other secreting organs.

Decrease Fiber-Based Vegetables

Slightly decrease fiber based vegetables as organ ratios increase.

Don’t rush the transition process. It is normal to get excited and want to push forward. However, it is best to allow the dog to set the pace of the raw transition. Some dogs take easily to a raw diet and others that will need more time.

Adding Organs to a Raw Diet

The diet begins to match raw diet ratios in step three of the raw feeding transition. Organs are introduced in step three to provide essential fat-soluble vitamins, water-soluble vitamins, and minerals.

Some dogs require more bone to maintain firm and consistent stool in comparison to others. The following ratios are starting guidelines – not rules. Therefore, this will require modification based on each dog’s individual needs.

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Small Dog Meal Example

Pork Muscle Meat

Chicken Neck

Beef Liver

Beef Kidney

Veggie Blend

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Large Dog Meal Example

Beef Muscle Meat

Chicken Back

Beef Liver

Beef Kidney

Veggie Blend

Secreting Organ Options

The red muscle meat, raw meaty bones, and vegetables in step three should remain the same ingredients as fed in step two. Step three of the raw transition is meant to introduce liver and secreting organs, which increases the available nutrients of the meals fed.

Secreting organs are nutrient-dense, so a little goes a long way! They are high in fat-soluble vitamins, water-soluble vitamins, and minerals in comparison to other ingredients fed in a raw diet, which makes secreting organs an ideal food to include in raw diets to ensure essential nutrients are met.

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Raw Liver

Liver is the first secreting organ recommended to introduce in step three of the transition process. Out of all organ options, raw liver is highly recommended to feed in raw diets. Liver includes a high concentration of the essential nutrient, Vitamin A, and is a good source of minerals such as copper and iron.

Liver from different animal species will yield different nutrient levels. On average, beef liver and chicken liver are the easiest liver options to source in supermarkets.

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Raw Kidney

Secreting organs are recommended to introduce in step three following the introduction of liver. Secreting organs are beneficial to providing additional essential nutrients that raw liver does not provide. Raw secreting organs, particularly kidneys, provide every B vitamin in substantial amounts and is an excellent source of minerals such as selenium.

Different secreting organs from multiple animal species will yield varying nutrient levels. On average, beef kidney and pork kidney are the easiest other organ options to source in ethnic markets.

Sourcing Ingredients

The availability of secreting organs will vary regionally. Raw liver is generally the easiest to source out of all organ options. Adding liver to raw diets is highly encouraged to ensure Vitamin A requirements are met. Other organs, such as kidneys, are not required, but beneficial to ensuring all B vitamins are met in a raw diet. However, these nutrients can be fulfilled through other raw ingredients.

Calculate Ingredient Amounts

It is recommended to slowly introduce secreting organs in step three of the transition process. A slow introduction is a proactive measure to prevent gastrointestinal (GI) upset.

Step three is not intended or recommended to feed long-term.

The third step of the raw feeding transition is not complete with all essential nutrients and should not be fed long-term. The next step is to balance the diet with all essential nutrients through appropriate whole foods.

CLOSING COMMENTS

Step three of the raw feeding transition is designed to introduce dogs to secreting organs. Transitioning a dog to raw is exciting, but it is best to allow the dog to set the pace.

Past Ingredients

Continue feeding the same red muscle meat, raw meaty bones, and vegetables from step two. Ingredient variety will come once the dog is fully transitioned to a raw diet.

Raw Liver

Step three introduces liver to increase the nutritional value of the raw diet. Start with adding 2.5% liver to the raw meats and increase to 5% when the dog’s stool is firm and consistent.

Other Organs

Once liver has been fully introduced and is tolerated well, start with adding 2.5% other organs to the raw meats and increase to 5% when the dog’s stool is firm and consistent.