When you are faced with an animal that has health problem or doesn’t seem to want to eat, you may need to change up his diet and watch for sign of improvement or a decrease in health. We have found that our dog has diabetes; our choices have been reduced but not eliminated.
We had chosen to transition our dog to a raw diet. It was a long process and took time for him to accept the changes but it was well worth the effort.
Step 1- To begin the transition, we did not allow our dog to eat after his full lunch meal the day before. We did provide him with water but no dog food and certainly no treats.
Step 2- For the next two weeks, we substituted ½ of his food allowance by mixing his old dog food with 25% of leafy green vegetables. These vegetables should all be put through a food processor to aide in digestion. The other 25% of the diet was replaced with raw meets that are USDA certified such as hamburger, steak, chicken and pork. We stay completely clear of any smoked or processed meat.
Step 3- After watching our dog to ensure that he had no problems following, accepting or digesting the introduction of his new diet, we then reduced his old dog food in half yet again. This time we added more vegetables to his diet. While the ratios remained the same, half of the vegetable allowance was now made up with other vegetable such as lettuce , zucchini, green beans, green peas, red beets, yams. By now, the old dog food only made up 25% of his new diet.
Step 4- Eliminate the old dog food completely. His new diet is totally raw based. While we had introduced all types of vegetables, any fruits were severely limited as the sugar and protein mix had to be offered at different times due to digestion times. Without dog having diabetes, the fruit was a rare treat. He seemed to enjoy the raw bones that were offered after he had eaten his veggies. Much like children, we had to encourage the consumption of veggies.
In changing the diet, we worked closely with our vet on choices, selections and reactions. We also had to provide certain dietary supplements to ensure other levels in his body did not drop. Working with your vet on the supplements is the only way to go. As with anything, his health was a big concern for us and we to no chances in ensuring only the best of diets. Always be sure to use a food processor on veggies.