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Starting A Puppy On Rawpuppy raw start
Posted 07 December 2013 - 05:09 AM
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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:49 AM
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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Posted 08 December 2013 - 08:45 AM
Posted 08 December 2013 - 08:49 AM
"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!
- naturalfeddogs and GimMom like this
Posted 10 December 2013 - 06:51 AM
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. 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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