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This change in your dogs’ diet can be easy and stress free for both of you. The most important factor to consider is what you are currently feeding your dog.

If your dog is used to eating a variety of home-made foods, both cooked and raw, they are usually more accepting and there is less chance of an upset tummy.


With processed food fed dogs, the change is much more exaggerated. There are two recommended methods of switching to the B.A.R.F diet.

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If your pet has a strong immune system and is generally quite healthy, an immediate conversion can be done.


On the first day fast your pet for 24 hours to allow the body to cleanse itself of toxins and to make your pet eager for their next day’s meal.

Kindly be aware that the normal detoxification process may cause temporary symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea and will differ from animal to animal.

* This may also be the result of eating too fast, gulping, or possible temperature variations.
* There is no need to be alarmed if these symptoms occur, as your pet’s digestive system gets used to the change.

Before using this method, you need to consider whether your dog is suited to a quick change of diet:

  • Young and healthy dogs with a relatively normal gastrointestinal system convert well with this method.

  • Dogs that are older have digestive problems or impaired immune systems may not be suited to the rapid switch.

  • Many older dogs that have eaten processed food all their lives (and occasionally some younger ones) cannot tolerate both raw food and processed mixed in their digestive tract. This can result in vomiting or diarrhoea sometimes both. In this case there is no choice but to convert your dog using the rapid switch method.


This method is strongly recommended for pets with compromised immune systems or sensitivity to dramatic changes in diets.

The raw diet should be introduced slowly to prevent major detoxification symptoms.

Day 1: 

On the first day fasting is recommended to allow the body to cleanse itself of toxins and get your pet eager for raw.

Day 2: 

Start out with 10% being the raw diet and 90% of the old diet. Because the digestion time is different for processed diets and raw diets we suggest that you separate the feedings and feed the raw in the morning and the kibble at night.

Day 3-10: 

Increase the raw diet each day by 10% and decrease the old diet by 10% for the next 9 days.

Day 11: 

You should be feeding only the RAW DIET.



Similar rules apply for cats when transitioning them to a raw diet. Cats get fixated on the food they are being fed and it will take much longer for them accept a new diet extra patience on the part of the ‘pet parent’ is vital during this phase, which can take anything from 3 days to 9 months.

It is not recommended to fast your cat for more than 12 hours.


How to feed the RAW Meals

Our raw foods consist of 3 products made from only the best quality, natural, wholesome raw ingredients:

  • Complete minced meals form the main component of the diet. These are available in a variety of different proteins such as;  Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Lamb, Ostrich, Turkey, Duck, Venison, Rabbit and Tripe. They are all rich in fat and proteins. 

  • Whole foods are a great addition to a raw diet. A dog’s body is designed to use bones as its main source of minerals and is excellent exercise for their jaw muscles. Bones release the same type of endorphins that human’s get from chocolate leaving them downright tail wagging happy! Rich in protein, calcium and phosphorus. 

  • Complimentary meals are great for the pet parent that likes to build their fur kids diet at home. The complimentary meals are pure protein meals. In order for this to be part of a balanced diet, you will need to add fruit and vegetables at home. 

  • Our raw products are designed to be fed complimentary to each other in order to achieve the maximum benefits. 

Please note: these are feeding guidelines only, each individual case differs.

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