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Meal Plans

Changing Diets

Changing your dog's diet needs to be done over time. We suggest putting your dog on a strict meal plan for the first six week transitional period. Most dogs will adapt rather quickly to the new diet. It really depends on what your dog was eating and what kind of health issues he or she may be experiencing. The chart below lists the standard protocol for changing a dog's diet.

Week 1. Replace one-quarter of the dog's typical food and serve with whole foods.
Week 2. Replace one-half of the dog's typical food and serve with whole foods.
Week 3. Replace three-quarters of the dog's typical food and serve with whole foods.
Week 4. Replace the dog's typical meal with all whole foods.
Week 5. Serve the dog all whole foods.
Week 6. Make any necessary adjustments and serve all whole foods.

During this process it's very important to monitor your pet. Loose stool is the most common problem when switching dogs over to whole foods. Usually this goes away within the first two weeks. The dog's digestive system needs time to adjust to healthy foods and to purge itself of preservatives and additives. Remember to take it slow and do not feed your dog anything outside of its normal diet during the transition period. This is critical as we want to use your dog's transition time to observe for any other health issues such as food allergies or adverseness to grains, etc.

How Much to Feed Daily

Whole foods are a lot more digestible than commercial pet foods. The daily serving size is going to be smaller since the foods are more nutrient dense. We use these percentages as a starting point and then adjust for activity levels.

4-6%Puppies 8 weeks to 1 year
5-8%Puppies 4-8 weeks

Nutrition Facts

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