Preparing To Make The Switch

There are several ways to switch to a natural raw food diet.  I am going to share with you some tips that should clarify your thoughts and concerns about making the switch to a raw food diet for your pet. My tips will help you make the right decision as to which method would be best for your pet. 

Monica Samson · January 07, 2020

Preparing To Make The Switch

There are several ways to switch to a natural raw food diet.  I am going to share with you some tips that should clarify your thoughts and concerns about making the switch to a raw food diet for your pet. My tips will help you make the right decision as to which method would be best for your pet. 

The switch can be rapid, straightforward and trouble-free. An important factor to consider is from what diet you are switching your pet. If your pet has enjoyed a variety of home produced foods, both cooked and raw, there is more acceptance and less likelihood of gastrointestinal upset when transitioning to a raw food diet.  A pet that is accustom to eating a kibble or cooked pet food, the change can be more harmful to their system.

Pets switching from kibble to raw can sometimes develop symptoms that are natural signs of detoxification. Don’t be alarmed if this is the case for your pet. This natural detoxification that your pet may experience is normal and good sign that the raw meat is doing it’s job. Detoxification is conceived as a negative reaction, but it is actually a sign of healing and proper elimination of toxins in the body.

The fastest way to release toxins through the body is through the skin. As kibble fed dogs detoxify their bodies from unnecessary chemicals, you may notice red spots, blotches or hair loss.  They may also have diarrhea and may appear lethargic. This period can range between three to thirty days depending on how many toxins need to be released. In a sense, pets can appear to be become ill, when in fact they are getting well. I always like to say, “You may see that your pet gets worse before he gets better.”  

Feel free to contact us if you need reassurance through this healing process. Our nutrition expert, Robert Mueller, has been guiding pet parents through the transition for over forty years. What's the best way to start?  There are two general methods of making the switch to better nutrition, Rapid and Slow.

Raw Food Tip:

There are a lot more questions that can be asked to make one comfortable to make the switch to raw. For many consumers it requires guidance from someone that has made the leap and is enjoying the benefits of a more nutritious food. Maybe it is suggested by your breeder or from the veterinarian that is having trouble treating the condition with traditional medicine and not getting a positive response. A wealth of information is available on our website and we offer excellent advice for those that call and talk to our qualified customer service reps. They have been trained to offer nutritional advice and are very knowledgeable about conversions to raw.

- Robert Mueller, Sr.

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Monica Samson

Monica Samson

Monica is a mother of 2 kids and a rescue shih tzu named Berkeley and a rescue named Cali. Though her parents never allowed pets growing up, she has always been an animal lover and is thrilled to be able to provide a loving home for a pet need. Besides working full-time at BARF World®, she enjoys cooking and trying new recipes along with spending time with her family and her dogs, Berkeley and Cali.

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What is BARF?

"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!