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When Do Yo Change The Percentage Of 10% For Puppy?

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sjb1464

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I have a 10 week old SA Mastiff who now weighs 26lbs. When should I switch from 10% to the 2-3%?
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I have never used percentages. It just makes it all to complicated, IMO. They are more or less guidelines, really. Prey model is designed to be fed similar to how they would eat in the wild, and in the wild there is no worry of percentages.  Is your Mastiff's weight looking ok? Poops? If those are good, I would stay where you are at the moment. Let the puppy be the one to let you know when it's time to change things up, and add some more. 


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Thank you! I'm new to raw so it's hard for me to tell when he's hungry. He's about 26 lbs and poops are good.
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I'd echo Naturalfeddogs and advise feeding by condition w/o too much worry about percentages. You know that a growing pup will need relatively more food by size than a mature dog.

 

It also seems the best evidence is not to push feeding to the point one gets maximum growth rates (especially in larger dogs). Best evidence suggest dogs get to their natural size one way or another, but that joints are better when the growth rate is slower. I'd err on the side of underfeeding (nutritionally excellent food).

 

Bill


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I'm right there with the rest. I have a 6mo old gsd and we started raw at 4mo. Never measured anything I still feed 5%-10% its different everyday and he looks lean but not thin and he's all muscle... its pretty cool.


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IMO, go ahead and go to 2% of the ideal adult body weight and add more if needed.
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