Tips to go from kibble to a dehydrated natural diet in just a few simple steps

Always to start, and that the transition to the new natural food is done well, we recommend starting with the turkey or chicken with rice recipes, since it is recipe easier to digest, and use the same recipe for 1-2 weeks, especially if the dog's digestive system is delicate.

1. Make the change gradually during 5 or 7 days: Divide the daily portion in two takes: 50% of the previous food and 50% of AltuDog, but serve them separately, never mixed in the same take. In other words, for example, a portion of AltuDog in the morning and a portion of the previous food at night.

2. Hydrate AltuDog with carrot soup: it consists of cooking half a kilo of carrots in a litre of water during an hour. Once it’s cooked, grind everything. Use this carrot purée to hydrate the portion of AltuDog instead of using hot water. The beta-glucans of the carrots strengthen the intestinal cells.

---> Natural Carrot Soup (Moro)

3. Add a bit of natural yoghurt with bifidus, kefir, brewer’s yeast, a probiotic supplement or green casing to the AltuDog portion: this well help to restore the intestinal flora quicker.

4. Although it’s necessary that the diet is as varied as possible, we recommend you give the same variety during approximately one month. This will give your dog’s digestive system enough time to adapt itself before adding other varieties.

During the first week, it’s completely normal that your dog has more fluid faeces and that they vomit. Don’t lose hope! It’s a sign that the intestinal tract is getting used to the new “good” bacteria. Bear in mind that each dog’s digestive system is different, some might need a longer transition process and, as such, it will be necessary to follow these tips during several weeks.

How much should I give my dog?

To calculate the portion your dog should eat per day you must check the corresponding box depending on its current age and weight.

If it’s a puppy, you have to calculate the daily portion as it grows and, if it’s already an adult, you have to directly check the “Adults” row and the corresponding column depending on its weight. The grams indicated in the box obtained must be multiplied by the current weight of the dog to obtain the recommended daily portion. We recommend dividing such portion in three takes per day if it’s a puppy and in two takes per day if it’s an adult.

Bear in mind that the AltuDog food portion you have to give your dog may vary depending on the metabolism and the level of activity. Control its weight to see if you have to increase or reduce its daily portion.

You can calculate the recommended daily allowance for your dog according to its current weight and age by clicking on this link:

---> Daily Allowance Calculator

 We recommend dividing it by two or more doses.

Do I have to hydrate it with water? Hot or cold?

As it is a dehydrated food to optimize its digestibility we recommend to hydrate it with hot water (with the tap is sufficient), mix for a few seconds and leave to rest between 10-15 minutes. After this the ingredients recover their hydration, enhancing its smell and flavor, making it even more appetizing. If you add very hot water the hydration process will be faster but be sure to check that it does not burn before giving it to your dog.

You should always add half the volume of water than of product.

How long should I wait?

You should wait approximately 10 to 15 minutes for the food to hydrate, but depending on whether you add warm or very hot water this process can be more or less quick.

How can I know that it is already well hydrated? (Appearance)

The product does not "swell", only the rice, fruits and vegetables acquire some volume, and all of them together with the meat soften with the hydration process. The pieces of meat remain with a harder consistency so that it is not a porridge and the dog can chew.

Can I give it to my dog without hydrating?

We do not recommend giving AltuDog without hydration since its degree of digestibility is not the same but if on any special occasion you do not have water, you can give it without hydrating.

What are the benefits of giving fresh hydrated food?

It is very important that dogs eat food with moisture. Fresh foods contain between 70-80%. Eating dry feed as kibble in the long run can cause chronic dehydration and trigger kidney problems.

One of the first things that you notice in an animal that starts eating fresh food like AltuDog is that it practically stops drinking water, since it gets it naturally with its food.

For how long is the AltuDog ration?

It depends on the size and activity level of your furry. You can consult our equivalence table on our website. As an example, for a dog of approximately 24 kg and with a medium to moderate degree of activity, 6 kg of AltuDog dehydrated product would last for a month.

Can I save it once hydrated and give it to it later?

You can leave AltuDog prepared and give it later, the product will retain all its properties if you keep it arleady prepared in the fridge, however we recommend preparing it in each meal, it will be much more appetizing.

What is the difference between Adult and Puppy recipes and which is the most suitable for my dog?

The ingredients are the same in both. What varies are the percentages.

In the Puppy recipes the percentages of meat and fat are higher since these recipes are indicated for puppies or pregnant females.

Can I combine AltuDog with homemade food or other natural foods?

Dogs, just like us, end up getting tired of eating always the same, no matter how much they like it. In turn, in the variety of nutrients is health. Therefore we recommend that whenever you can, introduce some new ingredients. One way to do so, is to hydrate the product with broths of meat, fish or vegetables that do not contain added salt.

---> Natural Wagyu Bone Broth

Another way to do so is to mix it with fresh natural ingredientes such as meats, fish, fruits, cooked vegetables, raw bones, yogurt...

If you have any questions you can consult our veterinary nutrition expert by sending an email to vet@altudog.com

Can I mix in the same meal AltuDog and Kibble?

Being a natural food with ingredients suitable for human consumption, its digestion is different from the digestion of kibble, so they should NEVER be mixed in the same intake. You can give them in different meals, for example AltuDog in the morning and kibble at night.

My dog does not stop licking the feeder, is he still hungry?

Many customers ask us this question and from our own experience with our dogs, they lick the feeder even though they have finished their ration because they love it! If you are giving your hairy the recommended daily rations, they are enough. However, we recommend that you watch your dog's weight to see if you have to increase or lower his daily ration depending on this metabolism and activity level.

How should I store AltuDog and how long does the package last once it is opened?

All the packages have a shelf life of up to 6 months when closed. Once opened, you should keep it in the fridge for a maximun of 25 days.

As it is not a dry food, does it help to eliminate tartar?

Tartar is the result of a diet rich in carbohydrates, such as dry diets based on cereals (which is the usual formula of kibble) Tartar are clusters of bacteria that develop and grow thanks to foods rich in carbohydrates such as kibble. The gums become sick and the bacteria grow, causing the dog a bad breath.

A natural diet based on meat as the main ingredient creates a more acidic balance in the environment of the mouth, which is the best prevention. Therefore, AltuDog, which is formulated with a high percentage of meat, creates an environment that is not very conducive to the development of tartar.

The belief that the kibble is better to avoid tartar is completely false, because if true, and since a large majority of dogs are fed kibble, we would not find the problems of gums, tartar and plate that are in fact the order of the day in clinical work.

Some of the ingredients in AltuDog are qualified as "forbidden" for dogs by some brands or texts. Why do you include them in the formula?

There are no prohibited ingredients. The answer is in the dose.

In this delicate and controversial issue of nutrition with respect to toxic food for dogs, the big multinationals have created false myths to "cheat" people and make the dog only eat kibble and never eat food homemade because it can harm his health, etc. It's as if our doctor told us to eat our whole life energy bars instead of having a varied diet ...

Actually "nothing is poison, everything is poison" the key is in the dose.

The risk depends on the ingested dose of each food, it is like for humans, certain foods in their correct dose are beneficial for health, in high doses they are toxic or bad for our organism.

Where is AltuDog manufactured?

AltuDog is manufactured in our own human food plant located in the municipality of Vizmalo, Burgos (Spain), and all its ingredients are of Spanish origin. The wagyu beef, especially, is produced in our own farm so we control the process of breeding and feeding the oxen from beginning to end, to ensure its traceability.

AltuDog is manufactured in our own dehydration plant.

The fruits and vegetables are peeled, chopped, washed and dehydrated separately at low temperature to maintain their properties, they are the same as you can find in greengrocers, they are not by-products or waste of fruits and vegetables .

The meat is also dehydrated at cold temperatures in small cubes.

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