Many feeding guides advocate for extremely long and abrupt transitioning. As a result, dogs experience vomiting, gas, and stool disturbances. While hunger pukes and some bone pukes are generally harmless, it doesn’t need to be that way. This type of transitioning is also not backed by science. Neither is the claim that kibble and raw cannot be digested together.
The rate at which you gradually transition your dog will depend on your dog! Below is a general guideline that helps you replace the daily portion of food.
Pay attention to your dog.
The guidelines below are very general in nature. In a consultation, you likely will receive further instructions as needed, especially if you have chosen not to make the dog food in bulk. Bulk preparations make transitioning easy. The rate at which you increase will depend on how well the dog does. You can speed up or slow down depending on the response of the dog. Each time you increase food, you should assess the dog to see how the increase was tolerated. If progress is well, you can move forward. If there are signs of moving too quickly (such as stool disturbances), then decrease the amount of new food added. For example, you may choose to increase always by 10 percent. Others may get to day 6 and do only 90 percent. Know Thy Dog.
If you feel your dog adjusts well to food changes, you can start at day 2 amounts, then day 4 amounts , day 5 amounts, and then day 6 amount- 100%.
Gradual Transition Method
Day 1: Replace current food with this much raw (or cooked)
Day 2: Replace current food with this much raw (or cooked)
Day 3: Replace current food with this much raw (or cooked)
Day 4: Replace current food with this much raw (or cooked)
Day 5: Replace current food with this much raw (or cooked)