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Switching between RAW brands

I am trying Stellas and Chewys. I gave fred it this am but just realized I didn't gradually switch him from the Primal. I guess I will find out soon enough if I was supposed to transition slowly......

Does anyone know???

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I'm a bit mystified by all this slow transition stuff; if dogs are, from an evolutionary point of view, scavengers and omnivores, one might think they were better adapted to chop and change? I appreciate that they are now a long way from other canids, but my feeling is that the problem actually lies in when we feed them exactly the same thing all the time, and THEN try and make a switch. I can imagine that if you always ate exactly the same thing, and then suddenly had something totally different, that your gut might rebel. I've always switched often, and never had any trouble - I don't switch from raw to kibble, they only have raw, but I've certainly switched between different protein sources, and between suppliers of pre-packaged raw, with the addition of raw bones. I've finally found a company I really like, whose food my dogs really like, so I don't think, unless they disappear (the company, not the dogs!) that I'll change again, and there's plenty of variety in their products.
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Probably depends on the dog. Myself, I've never felt the need to transition Emmie slowly to other brands of food - I feed commercial raw. She's had no GI issues when I've suddenly given her something new. -Jeanne-

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Bosco is on raw and I often switch brands and protein. He hasn't had a problem, and my vet encourages mixing it up to make sure he has variety. He's a little over one, so he wasn't on kibble for long and he transitioned seamlessly. )))

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Since I've switched Kodi off Kibble, as long as I stay away from beef (a known intolerance for him, he doesn't seem to need much, if any transition. I usually use HK and organic chicken breast, but I've used turkey sometimes and sometimes Balance-It and sometimes SoJo's and he's been fine on all of them.

There tends to be a LITTLE transition, because I make about 3 weeks worth of food at a time and freeze it, so I often end up using the end of one bag (type/brand) of mixer and the beginning of another. I try to stick with the organic chicken, just because it's usually easier to get organic chicken than turkey. But I just picked up 2 lbs of hormone free antibiotic free 93% fat free turkey, and it's a LOT cheaper than the chicken I usually get. So the next round will be made with that.

…and our training treats are usually whole roasted meats of various sorts, (skipping the beef again, because we KNOW that's a problem) or chess of various sorts (usually deli ends). He never has a problem with any of those either.

Other than beef, most of our "tummy trouble" can be traced back to "indiscretions" on walks in the woods.

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Thanks guys! I also called Stella's and Chewys because I needed to know there wasn't anything, even vitamins, from China. They confirm not a single ingredient comes from China. They also said it would be a good idea to transition for a few days. So I'm mixing the Primal with the Stella's and Chewys.
Primal has more veggies and the S & C has more meat. I'm not sure which one is better for my guys so I guess I will just rotate....

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I don't transition anymore, my pups seem to have pretty good stomachs and digestive tracts. I actually just switched them from Primal Lamb to Chicken because they were out of lamb. I figured they have never had any issues with chicken so I just gave it to them straight out no problems. Let me know about Stella and Chewy's though.

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Actually I don't transition when switching proteins within the same brand.

I will let you know how things are going when I see you in 2 weeks!!

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Ran out of Ziwipeak last Weekend and forgot to buy more. The only local retailer shuts over the weekend. So no choice but a hard switch to something else. The only thing I was prepared to buy was pre-prepared raw (Big Dog Barf). Charlie absolutely loves it and dances with excitement whenever it's food time.

No adverse reactions in any way which I think is because this is a natural diet for a dog; no additives, no filler etc so nothing to upset them.

Now I just need to keep an eye on his weight so I know that I'm feeding him the correct amount.
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I change commercial raw brands and proteins all of the time without problems. I try to keep ziwi peak as a constant in case I have to travel. Lately I have been mixing in some honest kitchen too. Thanks for the info on Stella re. ingredient sources.
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