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.
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.
Small Dog Meal Example
Large Dog Meal Example
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.