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Getting started with raw

Gertting started with Raw Pet food

So, you have decided that raw is best for your pet and you want to transition, but the big question now is how? With the team at Raw Pet Food Pantry to help, guide and advise you, we will simplify the process and ensure it is not as complicated as you may think. We will answer all your questions: how to get started, what to feed, how much
and how often, and how much your dog's new raw diet is likely to cost too.

How to get started with Raw Pet Food

What should you do before getting started?

The key to getting started is knowing your pet’s breed, weight and age, and a little bit about his lifestyle too; activity levels and whether treats need to feature in his diet and daily routine. It is important to understand, also, if your pet needs to maintain his weight, or may need to either gain or lose a few pounds! From this information, we will advise on daily amount to feed. You can also use our feeding guide here.

Some dogs can transition straight to raw, but some dogs have more sensitive tummies, which demand a slower and more gentle transition. Our advice is to err on the side of caution and adopt a gradual process.

A Safe Guide to Transitioning to Raw Pet food

Week 1 - do not mix kibble and raw

The first point to make is that we advise you do not mix kibble and raw together during transition as both foods digest at different rates, which may cause a tummy upset. Simply start with just lamb or beef tripe mince for a week. Raw fed dogs have a much higher stomach acidity than kibble-fed dogs; tripe promotes a gradual increase in the stomach’s acidity to enable the digestion of the meat and bone found raw foods known as ’80/10/10 completes*’. Tripe also helps a dog’s digestive system to slowly adjust as it is a natural probiotic.

Some dogs can transition straight to raw, but some dogs have more sensitive tummies, which demand a slower and more gentle transition. Our advice is to err on the side of caution and adopt a gradual process.


*80/10/10 completes are 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal.

Week 1 - do not mix kibble and raw
Week 2 - Introduce a new protein

Week 2 - Introduce a new protein

After the first week, it is time to introduce a new protein. We suggest chicken or beef, but as a complete so that bone and offal are now included in the bowl. Maintain presence of the tripe from week one  so the food remains familiar. We offer chicken and tripe as an 80/10/10 complete, and beef and tripe, too, as a complete, which are perfect choices at this stage. 

Week 3 - watch for issues

As with week 2, you can introduce another protein to the diet providing you are confident your dog has not presented any problems with the new diet. Lamb or duck are good to add at this stage. If any issues have come to light, delay this next stage for a few days to be sure things have a chance to settle down.


Week 3 - watch for issues

Week 4 - the new diet is now well established

And finally, in week 4, you can introduce another new protein, perhaps pork, duck or game, so that by the end of the 4 weeks, you’ll have tried and tested the majority of the main proteins meaning the new diet is now well established. At the end of this week, you can continue to offer new proteins and continue to feed only that protein for a few days in case they present any issues. If the process has gone smoothly, it is unlikely you will find any issues with any proteins, so you can feel safe to explore – the raw feeding world is now your oyster!

Monitor your pet's progress when starting to feed raw food

Dont forget to monitor your pet's progress

Throughout the process, monitor your dogs reaction to the new diet. Is he enjoying the food? Is there anything he hasn’t liked? Have their been any adverse reactions to any of the proteins? What are his poos like? Yes! We like to talk poo at Raw Pet Food Pantry because it tells you a lot about the gut health of your pet, and in this instance, allows you to monitor his adjustment to the new regime.

Always friendly & helpful

'Always friendly and helpful. So impressed with the staff members knowledge too. Dudley loves going to get his food each weekend! Special shout to Jody.'

Michelle Wickens •  Hampshire

Such helpful staff.

'Would highly recommend! Such helpful staff and very prompt delivery. Offered advice on the food needed for both my dogs and they are both really enjoying their new grub. 5 STARS!!!'

Sarah Thompson •  Hampshire

Always fantastic service!

'Absolutely fantastic service and very knowledgeable staff. The shop is fantastic with so much choice, the prices are very reasonable, and they offer a delivery service. It is brilliant - 10/10'

Trudy Blake •  Hampshire

Highly recommend!

'We have been using the Raw Pet Food Pantry since the day we got our Rottie and the staff are excellent, extremely helpful, and most importantly, our dog loves the food and has clearly improved after his transition! I would highly recommend using them if you feed your dog raw food.'

Sarah Smith •  Shedfield, Hampshire

They go above & beyond!

'Lovely shop, they go above and beyond for customers and their pets. '

Lucy Kilby •  Botley, Hampshire

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