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EVERY DAY RAW PET FOOD REQUIREMENTS:
EACH FEEDING SHOULD BE:

TIPS FOR A “PUPPY RAW DIET”

May 04, 2017

TIPS FOR A “PUPPY RAW DIET”

Should you feed your puppy a raw diet? Short answer: yes! Long answer: yes, definitely!

Because raw is the natural diet of a dog, a raw diet for puppies will show the same great benefits as one for mature dogs, such as healthier skin, clean teeth, improved digestion, reduced shedding and better mental well-being.

But it's critical to remember that not all raw is created equal.  Especially for developing puppies, it is important to research the raw you are feeding to make sure your pup is getting the proper balance of nutrients they require.  

HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR YOUR PUPPY RAW DIET:

HOW MUCH TO FEED

The amount of raw food for a puppy is dependent primarily on their size but can also change quickly depending on their breed and stage in development. Their daily requirement will change as they grow. We have put together a starting feeding guide to help you determine how much to begin with when feeding your puppy.  It's important to remember that this may change from week to week. 

START WITH A GENTLE PROTEIN

We recommend starting with Iron Will Raw Basic Chicken or Basic Turkey. Both are very easily digestible proteins.  Feed one for 2-3 days and then move onto the Original Dinner in the same protein.   It is important to get your puppy onto a variety of proteins however you want to make sure that you are only introducing one new element to their tummies at a time.  Since puppies, like human babies, are experience most foods for the first time, it's important to take introductions slowly and monitor their responses. 

TAKE THE CHILL OFF

Often times puppies have not experienced cold food in their tummies.  If this is the case with your pup we recommend allowing the meal portion to sit on the counter for a few minutes the first few days you feed. This will help the take the chill of the food for the first few days until your pup's tummy acclimatized to eating food straight out of the refrigerator. 

HOW OFTEN TO FEED

We recommend feeding your growing dog 2-3 times a day (as opposed to 1-2 times a day when they’re mature.) It is best to offer the meal for 5-10 minutes in a quiet space where your puppy feels safe. If your dog does not eat all their food in their allotted time simply put the remainder back in the refrigerator and offer at their next meal time. Avoid “dressing” or “topping” the food with cheese, gravy or other offerings as it can lead to picky eating as a mature dog.

Have questions about feeding your puppy a raw diet? Contact us today!