Congratulations on making the decision to feed your pet a biologically appropriate, nutritionally superior raw food diet!
Start the transition by mixing any of our Primal Formulas, Mixes or Grinds into your pet's current food at a ratio that your pet will tolerate; you can start with as little as 1/4 Primal to 3/4 of your pet's current food. The Primal Starter Pak or Pronto trial-size bag are also great choices for those who want to introduce raw foods to their pet, but aren’t ready to purchase a full-size product. For thawing, rehydrating and safe handling tips, watch our instructional videos.
If your pet accepts the raw food during days 1-3, continue offering raw foods only for the morning meal and their current food for the evening meal during the next four days. If your pet's stool is soft or loose as a result of the transition, introduce the raw food more slowly. For pets with severe digestive and/or gastrointestinal upset, we recommend adding a digestive enzyme to aid with the transition.
When your pet has transitioned successfully (consuming raw foods readily and producing healthy, firm stool), you can begin feeding raw foods for both meals. Many pets will transition quickly and consume the raw food with vigor. To determine how your pet's system is accepting the new diet, monitor their stool. On a raw diet, your pet's stool size will be greatly reduced. Stools will become small, firm and void of any offensive odor.
What to Expect
As you begin to introduce your pet to this new diet, you may notice changes in physical appearance. Do not be alarmed. This is simply the natural process by which pets heal themselves by eliminating toxins from the body. Discharge from the eyes, excess wax in the ears, shedding, minor skin rashes and soft, loose stool are just a few of the common signs. By gradually transitioning Primal raw foods, you will allow your pet's body to adjust properly. We suggest consulting a holistic veterinarian during the transition process.