Week 1-2 (White meat & Bone)
When first transitioning to raw, only white meat and some bone are fed. This helps your dog's GI adjust to their new diet. Too much rich food can cause diarrhea and upset stomach. Bone is added to firm up your dog's stools.
Week 2-3 (Red meat)
Red meat is then introduced after a successful week with white meat. A small amount of red meat is added, then gradually increased over a few days. If stools remain firm and no constipation occurs, proceed to the next step.
Week 3-4 (Organs)
During the third week organs are added to the diet. Organs are very rich, so only a small amount is added with a gradual increase. It is normal for the stool to be dark and firm. If they are too soft and black, reduce the amount and increase more gradually.
Going forward, the diet should be balanced consisting of a minimum of three different protein sources. Of these sources, 50% should be red meat. A balanced diet should provide your dog with all the essential vitamins and nutrients they need including additional sources such as veggies & fruit, eggs, and bone broth.
An important way of gauging what your dog needs and how their diet is affecting them is by managing their stools.
Here are a few tips and tricks for beginners.