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Can switching to raw food cause constipation?

We get this question from a lot of customers who are new to fresh raw food, so we're more than happy to explain this!

Many pet owners expect normal bowel movements when feeding dogs raw meat so when their dogs experience constipation or diarrhea, they instantly become worried that this could be a major problem - which is definitely not the case.

When dogs eat fresh, high quality raw meat and bones - most of them are digested which causes their stool to become dry and firm. It doesn't come out loose and slimy like they would if they they survived on kibble. Because of this change, some dogs tend to strain more as their bum muscles are not used to this before. This is indeed a good thing. 

There are some natural ways to help these symptoms:

  • Try adding 5% of butternut squash or pumpkin (you can buy a can from any supermarket – and freeze the rest) to the meal e.g. if you're feeding 100g of raw meat, add 5g of butternut squash or pumpkin to it.
  • Make sure your dog gets their daily exercise, every dog would enjoy a brisk walk and some fresh air!

However, if your dog continues to strain a lot but only producing a small stool after a long time, they might be experiencing some other gastrointestinal problems - in which we would advise you to consult your vet. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have further questions by emailing or calling us at woof@poppyspicnic.co.uk or ‭01380 716599‬.