How do I start my Puppy on a Raw food Diet

This is a question at dogfoods4u that we are frequently asked by those who are new to the concept of raw feeding.

So to try and answer that question, we've devised the following help list

(1) Start Off Cold Turkey! It’s not wise to mix your puppy’s raw food with kibble. Because kibble requires a different pH in the gut to digest. If you add in artificial foods, the meat will sit in his digestive tract twice as long. This means there’s a much greater chance of harmful bacteria building up.

(2) Start With 1 Protein Source, regardless of whether you’re preparing your own raw or are using a prepared raw food, it’s best to start with one protein.

Give that one protein for a week. If there are no signs of digestive upset, start your puppy on a second source of protein, and so on.

(3) Feed your Puppy 3 times a day in three small meals a day.

Do this until they are about six months of age – then switch to twice a day and eventually once a day if you wish. This is especially important for small breed puppies as they can become hypoglycaemic if meals are spread out too long

(4) Feed 5 - 8% of their current weight, knowing how much to feed is often where people get caught up. But it’s actually pretty easier to figure out.

It's important to remember to adjust their food as they increase in size.

Feeding Chart

(5) Remember the Other Important Puppy Stuff, make sure your puppy has plenty of fresh, non-chlorinated water. They should also have plenty of fresh air and exercise. Exercise for young puppies should not be forced walks.

Their growing joints will suffer less stress if you take them outside for short play or training sessions instead. Keep the walks short – about five minutes per month of age until he is about six months of age


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