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A Gradual Approach to Diet Changes

When you switch your dog over to home made food or any new food, be sure it is a gradual transition, otherwise your pet will experience digestive upset – aka - diarrhea. We also recommend making a commitment for at least 3 months. This is not to make sales, but to ensure your dog’s digestive tract does not become a roller coaster. Your pet’s health is more important to us than a sale!
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To get started, we suggest trying our Mixed Breed Samples (with free delivery for the first time) to try before buying regular weekly meals. Some dogs may dislike or be allergic to various vegetables or meat. Let us know, and we’ll be happy to accommodate your requests. Oliver, a Bishon Frise, is allergic to many foods, so we only include his “allowable” foods into his Lamb Sit N’ Stew.

Start by adding 10% of our Canine Cuisine to their regular food the first three days, increasing the dosage to 25% for the next two days, 50% the next 2 days, 75% the next two days and then 100% of our Canine Cuisine.

To see how your dog’s system is adjusting to their new homemade diet, monitor their stools. As the diet slowly changes over, your dog’s stool size should be greatly reduced. Stools will become smaller, firmer and best of all, less odor! If your dog’s stool is soft or loose as a result of the transition, introduce the food at a slower pace.
You may also notice some changes in physical appearance, such as pimples or itching, which could be alarming. This is part of the natural process of eliminating toxins from their body. These will eventually disappear as your dog’s body adjusts to its nutritious healthy food regime. In detoxing, it is normal for conditions to get worse before they get better. This is positive proof that your dog’s body is eliminating the former junk in its body. Always keep an eye on your dog as you feed a homemade diet, so you can react quickly to any changes. We suggest consulting your pet’s vet, if necessary during the process. Again, with a little bit of time, these symptoms will disappear.

Adding supplements works the same way. Add them slowly over one week so your pet’s stomach can become accustomed to the new taste. This will cause less upset to your pet.
Try not to feed your dog the same food every week of the year since this could increase their risk of food allergies over time, in addition to creating Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) imbalances. Include healthful fats, including eggs, fatty fish, occasional avocados, and small amounts of Raw butter, unrefined Organic Coconut Oil and a superior-quality refrigerated flaxseed of EFA-supplement oil. Watch your oil as Flaxseed Oil becomes rancid quickly.

We can alternate various ingredients in the recipes you choose for your dog, to provide a variety of nutrients and avoid boredom. Rotating their meals after three to six months is recommended and our Mixed Breed option is a convenient way to do this.

You should start seeing positive results and improvements in your dog after two months if not sooner. Dogs fed properly prepared homemade meals are usually healthier than dogs on commercial kibble or canned diets. Your reduced vet bills will be a nice reward as well!