Puppy Raw Feeding Guide

Puppy feeding raw

Starting Off Cold Turkey

Puppies do not need to be fed a mix of kibble and raw when making the transition to raw. The majority of puppies are able to make the change with ease. If your puppy is showing signs of a sensitive tummy, feed blander meats such as poultry to begin with, slowly adding richer red meats once their tummy has settled.

Feed Complete Meals

Adult dogs can manage to achieve ‘balance over time’ however puppies cannot regulate vitamins and minerals in the same way as an adult dog. For this reason, puppies require every meal to be balanced. There are brands that have developed minces specifically for puppies… These minces are complete and tend to be chicken/ turkey based. The main difference between puppy complete minces and non-puppy complete minces is that the puppy minces are ground through a finer mincer, making them slightly more paste-like.

How Much To Feed?

There are two popular methods of calculating how much food a puppy needs per day… Please note that both methods are a guide only, and the actual amount required can differ due to a variety of factors including (but not limited to) energy levels and lifestyle. It is advised that you monitor your puppies’ body condition and increase/ decrease the amount of food given if necessary.
Puppy feeding raw food

Method #1

If you know the breed of your dog): Feed 2-3% of the expected adult bodyweight daily.
This is the easiest option as you only have to do one calculation, and feed this amount consistently up until, and throughout adulthood. If you have bought your puppy from a breeder, ask for the weights of mum (if you have a female) or dad (if you have a male).

This will give you an indication of the weight your puppy should get close to. If you don’t have this information, you could research adult weights of this breed, and decide upon a likely figure for your puppy (females will usually be on the lower end of the scale, and males on the higher end).

To calculate 2.5% of expected adult bodyweight multiply the expected adult weight (kg) by 25. The answer will be the amount you feed per day in grams.

… and so on

Method #2

May be necessary for cross-breeds & requires feeding to puppies’ actual weight.

This method is a little more complicated,  but is sometimes necessary if you are unsure of the adult bodyweight your puppy is expected to reach. This method requires regular weigh-ins of your puppy and slight adjustment of the amount fed.

Feed Little And Often

Feed 3 smaller meals a day until your puppy is approximately 6 months. This is especially important for smaller breeds as puppies can become hypoglycaemic if there is too much time left between meals. From 6 months, two meals a day is fine.
Puppy feeding raw food
Puppy feeding raw and running

Slow And Steady Wins The Race

In order to reduce the risk of joint problems in later life, slow, gradual weight gain is best so that the developing bones and joints are not subject to excess stress. Walks should be kept short for this reason also (about 5 minutes per month of age until approximately six months of age).

Optional Supplements

Supplements you may like to consider adding to your puppy’s diet include:
– Phytoplankton – whole food nutrition that contains nearly every nutrient your dog needs
– Coconut Oil – Antibacterial / antifungal
– Herbs – Alfalfa / dandelion leaf/ nettle and more
– Prebiotics – Banana/ Green Leafy Veg / Garlic (Up to 1 teaspoon per 13kg weight per day) / Apples / Mushrooms
– Probiotics – Fermented Veggies / Raw Goats Milk (Up to 10Kg: 50mls per day. 10Kg – 20Kg: 100mls per day. 20Kg+: 150mls per day) / Kefir

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