How should I change 16 week old ridgeback's diet from kibble and canned food to a raw diet?
We brought home our 16 week ridgeback, Monty, on Saturday morning. He is currently eating a mixture of dried food, canned food, cooked meat and today we gave him his first bone (which he loves). He is currently not responding well to his current diet and has quite bad diarrhea, particularly at night times (not sure why this is). He is not very keen on the dried food and will only eat it if there is nothing else to eat and then only very little. We are also quite worried about his weight - our vet said he could do with putting on a little weight as his ribs are quite visible.
We would like to feed Monty a raw diet as we have read quite a bit about the benefits but are not sure how to go about the changes or what might be most suitable for him. We'd really appreciate as much advice as we can get.
on Apr 3rd 2012
in Raw Food
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If his current diet is different from his previous diet, diarrhea is to be expected at first. Expect some when transitioning to a raw diet as well, as this is a pretty drastic change from commercial foods.
To be perfectly honestly--I'd stick with the current diet until you've done some reading up on raw. It's not a difficult diet to feed, but you do need to know what you're doing.
Here's a good place to start:
The above leads to a thread that lists resources, including advice from raw feeders, informational websites, and a list of books.
Gray Dawn Treader answered on 4/3/12. Helpful? / 0