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Starting A Puppy On Raw

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MiloTheStaffy

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Hi, my name is Chamo! I'll be bringing home a staffordshire bull terrier on Dec 12. His name is Milo, and he will be 8 weeks old exactly. Now, his breeder has been feeding him kibble, but I want to put him on a raw diet. I haven't really found a website that has told me what to feed a puppy that young? Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Welcome! There is a great getting started guide here on this site, have you read it? You will start a puppy as you would any dog, only a puppy will eat at least three times a day. I have always just fed according to body weight. (too thin, more. Getting too fat less). Math isn't my strong point at all,  but I believe you should expect to feed 2% of the projected adult weight. Starting with the blandest easiest to digest protein, chicken. Then move on to turkey then on to red meats followed by organs,


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Thanks, Jenny! Is he too young to give chicken feet as treats?


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Nope! Not too young at all.


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Puppies usually transition super fast- faster than adult dogs. But just like Jenny already posted- follow the getting started guide on the main page of this website. There should be a section on how much to feed puppies on there :)
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Here's a snipit from the guide about puppies:

"It takes a bit more math if starting a puppy. Start off feeding 10% of its current weight, meaning if a puppy weighs 10 pounds, feed 1 pound per day. If this puppy is supposed to be 60 pounds full grown, its ideal amount of food per day is 1.2-1.8 pounds per day. Once the puppy reaches ~18 pounds, or the 3% amount of adult body weight, you should back the amount down the 2-3% for normal feeding. You will only be feeding 10% for a little while, which is normal. Its better to split this amount up into several smaller meals since this will be a lot of food for a little growing puppy. Remember, this is just a guideline and every dog is different."

Sometimes puppies need a little help breaking up bones so you can whack chicken wings or drumsticks with a kitchen mallet to emulate mama dog chewing up food for her babies.

Keep us posted!
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Can't wait to see pictures of Milo when you get him! Only 4 more days! :)

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Thank you everyone for your input! I can't wait :)

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We have a raw fed puppy whose parents were fed raw, and who was weaned directly onto raw. I didn't think he'd be able to do it, but he's VICIOUS with a chicken thigh. His jaws cut straight through bone like it didn't exist. :startle: Fortunately, though his jaw strength cannot be denied, he's remarkably gentle when mouthing other things. He's never once broken my skin or even caused me any pain.

 

I think puppies are easier because they are eager to try new things at that tender age and aren't set in their ways yet.



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Oh wow! Good to know! Thank you!

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How is Milo doing? Haven't heard from you in a while!

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so sorry for the late reply! I've been so busy with Milo and everything! He loves his food! He's very active, just got neutered, but still a crazy little pup :)


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