Puppy Raw Feeding Guide
Starting Off Cold Turkey
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?
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
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
Slow And Steady Wins The Race
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