How To Start Your Puppy On A Raw Diet - The Ultimate GuideNov 22, 2021
How do you
yourpup on a raw
diet? Many owners wonder at what age puppies can
starteating raw once they get home, and the answer is often surprising to many. In fact, they can start right away. Puppies can start eating raw immediately after weaning from their mother's milk. just like they can with kibble, however, there are important details to keep in mind before making the switch. In this video, I'll go over everything you need to know about feeding
yourpup raw so you can provide him with the most nutritious meals. In order to grow and develop properly, I'll first go over the fundamentals and basics of raw feeding in terms of what nutrients your pup needs as well as how much to feed them and then I'll go over a simple process on how to start preparing meals and feeding them at home. so make sure you stick around until the end as your
puppygrows you want to make sure you are providing all the necessary nutrients for his growth and development Adult dogs can regulate nutrients as adult dogs can regulate nutrients more efficiently with the Over time, however, puppies need these nutrients provided at every meal for proper growth. food every day with puppies they need a balanced meal every day due to their constant growth when switching from an adult dog to raw it is suggested to transition slowly to give their body a chance to adjust but as puppies need this Balanced meal every day, a change from cold turkey is the best approach, so how do you start off right?
You should document as much as you can when you feed your
puppy. Your pup will have a different weight almost weekly and because of this her
dietwill need to be adjusted accordingly. Just write down their age, weight, and breed, as well as their estimated weight when they become adults, a good way to determine this is to get your parents' weight, if you know it. With that information or ask your vet, doing this simple step will help you track his weight gain to make sure he's growing well. How much should you feed your puppy? This really depends on how old she is, as she can see how much younger they are. a higher percentage of their body weight needed to eat growing puppies require about twice as much energy per unit of body weight as adult dogs of the same breed, so this chart puts this at average
guidelines for new feeders Follow these percentages can always change slightly depending on the activity level and breed of the pup, so it's important to document your meal plan and feeding schedule to adjust accordingly. food but adjusted accordingly if he wasn't interested let's use this as an example to calculate the amount of food to feed Matsu who weighed about seven pounds at two months old which meant he needed ab ten percent of his body weight in food daily ten percent of seven pounds is 0.7 pounds i made it easy for myself and always converted to ounces so this equals 11.2 ounces of food a day if you want to get technical and calculate daily caloric intake I'm going to link the video where I go over how to calculate it at the end of this video and I'll also put a link in the description, so what really needs to be included in your meal, the basic ingredients for a balanced raw diet, are muscle, meat, and organs. . raw meaty meat and bone this base is a way to replicate the body of a prey animal which is what our canines would be eating in the wild the proportions of this model adult prey diet are 80 muscle meat 10 raw meaty bone 5 liver and 5 other secretions however with puppies these ratios are a bit different. phosphorus requirement these nutrients are necessary for a puppy as its bones are in a constant state of growth the percentage of viscera secretion is also higher due to its higher vitamin and mineral requirement the additional supply of these nutrients is crucial in its general growth so what raw meaty bones, muscle meat and organ meat.
If you are feeding your pup let's start with muscle meat, this can consist of muscle tissue like pork loin, chicken breast or lean ground beef to muscular organs like heart, lungs and tongue gizzard. It is also a great addition that you want. to start with a single protein at the beginning of the switch, but it is important to add a variety of animal protein to your diet once you have established that you have no sensitivity to it, this will provide a more complete nutrient profile heart is especially important as an addition to the percentage of muscle meat because it provides a high amount of b vitamins now raw meaty bone these are edible bo bones with muscle tissue surrounding it which raw meaty bones you can feed your pup will of course depend on his overall size but in general the best raw meaty bones to feed puppies are the softer bones of birds and rabbits, especially when they still have their puppy teeth. excellent starter bones for small breeds are whole quail or Cornish hen bones, as well as chicken necks, chicken and duck wing tips, rabbit forelegs and rabbit ribs, other excellent bones are chicken and duck feet, wings chicken and duck, chicken back, rabbit frame and rabbit hind legs Sometimes raw meaty bones need to be mixed for the first few weeks with matsu.
He didn't seem to have the jaw strength or the will to fully bite and chew the first week, so I blended his raw meaty bones into a blender quail. the bones actually blend in very easily where others may need something a bit stronger large breed puppies, especially after they get their permanent teeth in, may start eating larger bones like duck necks and chicken dru msticks and then there are the secretory organs seven percent of the diet has to be liver as it is highly concentrated in vitamin a as well as many other fat and water soluble vitamins and minerals vitamin a is necessary for skeletal and dental development as well as for view beef bison Lamb and duck liver are especially high in vitamin A, so feeding slightly less of this liver will still provide an adequate amount of this vitamin.
A second secretory organ must also be included because again we are trying to replicate a complete prey animal and there are many organs throughout the body, for example the kidney is high in B vitamins, the pancreas provides beneficial digestive enzymes and the The brain provides omega-3 fatty acids because it is not feasible to supply each of these organs. Seven percent of this meal must contain at least one. The secretory organs are the spleen, pancreas, thymus, brain, kidneys, testicles, ovaries, and even the eyeballs. Many of these organs can be found in international markets. they have a higher iron requirement due to their rapid growth, so providing an organ high in iron such as the spleen is especially beneficial.
Now let's review the whole food sources that provide the missing nutrients. The national research council or nrc has established nutrient
guidelines for dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. There are a lot of nutrients to be found with what we've seen so far, but there are still a few things missing. These nutrients would often be found if a whole prey animal was fed, but since we cannot provide blood, all secretory organs are glands. skin ligaments fur and feathers regularly if necessary add back all the nutrients they provide this is how nutrients can be obtained zinc this mineral is found in red meat but if the diet is low in red meat this requirement can be met with oysters canned wheatgrass powder or raw soaked in pumpkin seed puree iodine this mineral is found in fish but is primarily concentrated in kelp kelp brand is now what is suggested to use as they test and provide the iodine content, alternatively potassium iodine drops can be provided instead of manganese, this mineral is found in blue, black and green muscles, but is most concentrated in blue mussels, can also meet manganese requirements providing green pumpkin seeds or wheatgrass powder vitamin d vitamin d is a fat soluble vitamin that can be in found in beef liver, however this nutrient requirement can also be met by feeding oily fish such as atlantic mackerel, atlantic herring and sockeye salmon vitamin e vitamin e is a fat soluble vitamin that can be found in wheatgrass powder, as well as raw soaked in pureed almonds and sunflower seeds, alternatively, pure vitamin e oil can be provided instead of epa and dha, these are omega-3 fatty acids that can be found in fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon, anchovies and sardines these are all low-mercury fish and a great source of omega-3 vegetables these are not necessary foods for balance but the and provide trace nutrients that still dark leafy greens like spinach kale dandelion greens and parsley are great for an extra boost of folic acid vitamin k copper are beneficial and manganese before feeding vegetables should be steamed or fermented to break down the cellulose wall for better nutrient absorption, so how many times a day should you divide this meal?
A puppy's growth rate is quite rapid during the first five to seven months, so they need frequent meals to accommodate this splitting of their daily intake between three to four meals for the first six months. It's ideal and then you can go down to two or three for the rest of their growth. Speaking of growth, did you know that breed is important in determining how long they will grow? Small breeds stop growing as early as 10 months and giant breeds may still be growing up to 18 months, even 24 months for some breeds. Now, how should you start preparing food even though puppies may switch to raw food cold turkey? it is still necessary to start with a single protein and work your way up one protein at a time, this is to ensure there are no protein intolerances and if there are, you can identify and eliminate them, it is often best to start with a light meat protein such as chicken, turkey, or rabbit, chicken is often the easiest, as chicken parts are more readily available than other animal parts, although I just talked about puppies needing a balanced diet every day. that they do well if they do well eating this the first few days then you can start adding fresh foods to balance one at a time again these are the accurate sensitivities as long as they are eating a fully balanced meal in the next week or two they will be fine, let's use matsu as an example again a few days before he came home i prepared the meal just a week later for him i used chicken necks as his raw meaty bone-in chicken breast heart and gizzards for his muscle meat chicken liver and then chicken spleen as the second secretory organ spleen i had bad luck of a farmer so it's ok to skip the second secretory organ for the first day or two just to make sure they do well with the chicken then you can add a second secretory organ from a more readily available source, such as beef kidney.
I fed him for a few days then slowly started adding the whole food sources to balance one by one. After the first week, I slowly started incorporating other proteins like pork. turkey rabbit lamb and goat again this was one at a time after confirming there were no food intolerances what to expect when switching your puppy to raw there are a few things you may notice when switching your puppy one of the main ones being stool consistency it is not abnormal for your stool to be loose for the first few days as your system is still getting used to processing something new stool can often be loose if you are feeding organ meat all in one feed as well so to remedy this, split the organ meat over the three or four meals if their stools are still runny or if they have diarrhea, this could be a food intolerance or even parasites.
It's important to note that puppies often get intestinal parasites regardless of their diet, so don't be alarmed if your stool sample tests positive for worms if the stool is hard and firm, you may be getting too much bone and will need Adjust Your Ratio Another thing you'll notice is that your pup is Drinking less water is actually a good thing. The raw diet is about 75% water as opposed to the kibble which is only about ten percent water. They get a big hydration boost from their diet and therefore don'tthey need to drink so much. There's a lot of information to go over when it comes to raw feeding, but these are the basics when you start feeding your pup raw.
It's understandable that they feel overwhelmed when they start out. I know the best part is that there is a ton of information and passionate people who would love to help. I'll link some helpful sources in the description as well as more of our videos that a beginner might benefit from watching if he wants to dig deeper into calculating his caloric intake, check out this video.
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