Step by Step

Step by Step

The Prerequisite Steps

Feel free to take notes, but don’t worry, we’ll also include these steps in the Transition Meal Plan chapters toward the end of the course.

How do you know when to proceed before each step? Once you’ve followed a step for a couple of days and there are no issues or soft stool, you can safely move forward.

Step 1:  Upgrade Water & Water Bowl

Our holistic veterinarian immediately encouraged us to improve the quality and hygiene of water. Tap water can actually cause various health issues due to how it’s managed with chlorine and harmful substances. To be on the safe side and avoid health issues, filter water (or buy filtered water) and serve it in a glass bowl. Stainless steel bowls can rust (we’ve experienced it!), and plastic bowls can cause other problems. It’s best to swap, wash, and sanitize the water bowl at least once a day.

Step 2:  Adjust Gut Bacteria

  • Fermented goat milk is less allergenic than cow milk, and great for sensitive and senior pups. Depending on the size of the dog, I would begin with a teaspoon or tablespoon once a day, gradually increasing until you reach the proper dose.
  • A natural probiotic formulated specifically for dogs is another option. As with everything else, begin with a very small amount and gradually build up to the recommended dose.

Step 3:  Swap Snacks Out Completely

In this pre-transition phase, quit all processed snacks and provide healthier alternatives.

Keep in mind:

  • Snacks adds calories, so adjust the meals accordingly to avoid weight gain.
  • If you can, avoid chicken and beef in this phase, because these proteins tend to be more allergenic.
  • Research and follow proper defrosting methods, and learn how long your snacks can last in the fridge.

Snack Ideas:

  • Freeze-dried raw single-protein pieces without large bones. Try minnows, rabbit ears, duck liver, etc.
  • Freeze-dried raw single-protein meal biscuits or nibs. Give only a small piece a couple of times a day, not a full meal!
  • Frozen raw single-protein meal patties or nibs. Give only a small piece a couple of times a day, not a full meal.
  • Your own homemade snacks! Source, clean, and cut a single protein source into snack-sized portions. Place them on a tray individually, and freeze for a couple of hours until solid. Place them in a resealable bag or container, then deep-freeze for at least 7 days. Defrost individually and introduce as a snack.
  • Buy a complete (muscle, bone, organ) small chub pack of a single protein. Defrost and feed small amounts as snacks.

Step 4:  Introducing Bones

After step 3 is successful, introduce raw, easily digestible edible bones. Begin with meaty necks, since the bones are much softer and gentler than other larger, tougher bones. A chicken’s neck bones, for example, are much easier to break down than its leg bone. This allows your dog’s digestive tract to gradually get familiar with bones.

  • Depending on the size of your dog, source chicken, duck, or turkey necks.
  • Start with small necks and build up in size.
  • Place necks on a tray individually, freeze for a couple of hours until they’re solid, then transfer into a resealable bag or container. Deep-freeze for at least 7 days. Defrost individually and introduce as a snack a couple of times a week, always supervised.
  • Always sanitize the space where your dog enjoyed the neck treat.
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