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short term pain – long term gain

Remember dishing up a healthy home cooked meal for your kids only to see them stick up their nose and leave the table without a word; plates not touched. Ouch that hurts.

The same can apply when transitioning a pet from processed food to a raw meat protein diet.

Short term pain is worth the long-term gain.

Will there be opposition?
Most likely. When your pet has been used to some commercial pet foods; its possible its developed a taste for it. Like a child living on burgers, pizzas and chocolate and then being presented with healthy foods;  resistance is inevitable.  You’ll need to wean your pet off their current diet, it will take time, tough love, perseverance and persistence. Hang tough; it’s the right and best thing you can do for your pet.

How do I do that?
When your pet has never had fresh, raw meat in their diet it will be strange to them. Getting them familiar to the taste and texture is the first step.  To help; mix in a combination of their previous food with the raw meat protein.  Each feeding gradually increase the amount of raw food, simultaneously reducing the old. Eventually they’ll be converted; for some dogs in can happen in a few days, for others some months. The slower the transition; particularly from low quality processed food;  the greater opportunity the pets digestive system has to adapt.

 


Vetsallnatural Complete Mix is the perfect addition to the bowl when transitioning. Once converted to a raw meat diet Complete Mix will continue to ensure your pet is getting its nutritional requirements.

 

What’s a good strategy?
Dogs and cats do react differently. Dogs, in the wild,  aren’t as efficient hunters as cats.  If a dog skips a meal every now and again it wont hurt them.  When transitioning your dog to a raw diet, put the food down and give your dog access to the bowl for around 20minutes; then take the bowl away regardless of whether your dog has eaten the contents or not.  You will only need to do this for a few days.  Your dog will soon learn it needs to eat what is put down and will be comfortable with the routine.

Cats on the other hand are very efficient hunters; and tend to eat 6 small meals a day. It’s important to transition your cat gradually. Plan a 7 day introduction table.  Starting the first 2 days with 25% new food to 75% old diet. Days 3 & 4 change the ratio to 50% new and 50% old. Days 5 & 6; you can introduce 75% new diet to 25% old and on day 7 revert to 100% new diet.

With Vets all Natural products you know your pet is always getting the best for its health.

 

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