How to Change From Dog Food to a Meat Diet

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Processed dog food contains chemicals and toxins that may cause your dog to experience heartburn, constipation, diarrhea or indigestion. Eventually, he may refuse to eat. So, if you and your veterinarian determine that an all-meat diet will help your pup, it's important to introduce his new meal to him gradually. Changing his diet too quickly may cause many of the same issues as processed dog food.

Step 1

Feed your dog his regular food on week one as recommended by the Pet Finder website.

Step 2

Add 25 percent of the meat diet to 75 percent of his regular food during week two. For instance, if you feed two cups of regular food a day, feed 1 and 1/2 cups of the regular food with 1/2 cup of the meat mixed in.

Step 3

Split the meat and regular food half and half during week three. Feed equal amounts of each.

Step 4

Feed 75 percent meat and 25 percent regular food during week four. Week five should be safe to feed your dog the entire meat diet.


  • If your dog experiences any symptoms of stomach upset, such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, contact your vet immediately.


  • Feed your dog on schedule each week. For instance, if you generally feed him twice a day, stick with that timetable.

An Item You Will Need

  • Measuring cup



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