Making the Switch

About Making the Switch to a Healthier Form of Nutrition


You must first decide if you're ready for this change. Many owners would love to make the switch to BARF but are unsure of how to go about doing it. This is where our Dr B's Genuine Aussie R.A.W. BARF Multi-Mix Patties shorten the learning curve drastically and yet achieves the same positive(great) nutritional results. On top of that, they takes out all the guesswork of "designing" the diet and provides a level of convenience that is as simple as Thaw & Feed! There are probably as many ways to make this switch to BARF,  as there are people and their pets. The following are guidelines and should give you a clearer idea as to how this switch can be accomplished with your beloved pet.


The switch can be (and mostly is) rapid, straightforward and trouble free. This is indeed the experience with most healthy dogs. An important factor to consider is the diet you are switching your pet from. Where a pet has some experience of eating a variety of home produced foods, both cooked and raw, there is usually more acceptance and less likelihood of gastrointestinal upset on the part of the pet.


With kibble fed pets, the change is much more dramatic for the pet's system. However, every pet and owner is different. You know your pet(s) and situation best . The choice of how you make the switch is purely yours.


There are two general methods of making the switch to BARF i.e. "Rapid " and "Slow."


Rapid Switch


This is the simplest way to make the switch. You simply go ahead and do it! Yesterday you fed your pet kibble and/or canned pet food, HCF ... today you begin to feed Dr B's Genuine Aussie R.A.W. BARF Multi-Mix Patties. Before using the rapid switch, you need to consider whether your pet is suited to a quick transfer of diet. The general experience and consensus is, that the rapid switch is the preferred, simplest, most trouble free and most successful method for dogs particularly young and healthy dogs with a relatively normal gastrointestinal system. On the other hand, the rapid switch only works on a limited number of cats.


With pets that are older or have digestive problems or impaired immune systems, the rapid switch may sometimes not be appropriate. However, these are not rules and just guidelines as your pet may teach you differently. Many older pets that have been kibble-fed all their lives (and some younger ones for that matter) cannot tolerate both raw food and kibble together in their digestive tract. That combination can result in diarrhoea, vomiting or both. In this case we have no choice, it has to be the rapid switch.


It can be helpful to allow your pet a one or even a two-day fast prior to making the transfer. This allows for a small amount of detoxification and also brings to your assistance a mighty ally, Hunger! When starting with Dr B's Genuine Aussie R.A.W. BARF Multi-Mix Patties, remember not to over-feed and do divide the daily amount into two or three small meals.


Slow Switch


This method of switching your pet can take from one to four weeks, or up to six months, depending on the circumstances. Unfortunately, some pets never make the switch completely, as their owners leave them suspended between 2 paradigms i.e. raw and processed food. Do realise that such half-hearted efforts can only bring half-hearted results.


There are four basic ways to approach the slow switch :


1st method : Offer one meal of the Dr B's Genuine Aussie R.A.W. BARF Multi-Mix Patties followed by one meal of the old food, and gradually feed fewer meals of the old type. If your pet accepts this method with no problems, it is a fair indication that it has a very robust digestive system and would have handled the rapid switch extremely well.


2nd method : Offer both types of food at the same time and gradually offer less and less of the old food and more of the new food. E.g. some kibble and Dr B's Genuine Aussie R.A.W. BARF Multi-Mix Patties in the same bowl. 25% of the new food for a few days, 50% for a few days, 75% for a few days and finally, 100%. However, some pets may develop gastrointestinal upset as they cannot tolerate these two vastly different types of food in their digestive system at the same time.


3rd method : Physically break the old food down and combine the two foods into a single homogeneous mass. This way you can start out with small amounts of the new and gradually decrease the old over time. This works well with a pet that is reluctant to try the new fare and many cats will fit into this category. 


4th method : This involves introducing the new food in a cooked state and gradually feeding it in a more raw state. Those pet owners who have always fed a HCF diet may decide to use this switch method and introduce the new food in a partially cooked/cooked state. Gradually reduce the amount of cooking as time goes by, till the new food is completely raw.


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