TRANSITIONING YOUR PUPPY TO RAW FEEDING

TRANSITIONING YOUR PUPPY  TO RAW

This guide is for weaned puppies that are on kibble or any type of food other than raw. A few golden rules to follow.

Rule #1 – Don’t rush.
Take your time.  All puppies are unique and allow yourself 7-12 days for transitioning.

Rule #2 - Monitor
Always monitor your pup’s health and stools

Rule #3 - Don’t Panic.
Vomiting or diarrhea can occur as long as puppy is hydrated it’s fine but always keep and emergency natural vet contact handy.


It’s not recommended to start pups off with complete balanced meals or large bones as you would feed and adult dog, as it can cause problems. Even naturally weaned puppies need a transition period from their mother. The whole idea of a pup having balanced meals comes from the mother feeding her pups milk. The mother regurgitates her “Fully balanced meal” to start the pups association with eating solid foods. As the pup gets used to this, they begin to eat like their mother.

Remember Rule #1 – Don’t rush.This takes time.

TRANSITIONING
The good news is puppies adjust quickly, so the transition to raw food lasts from kibble is around half the time than it takes for an adult.

Kibble fed puppies need to go from a pH of 5-6 (moderately acidic) to a pH of 1-2 (highly acidic).  Highly acidic Ph eliminates pathogens and allows the puppy to digest bone. Allow minimum of 7 days for a kibble weaned puppy to raw fed so

  • No vegies or fruit
  • No kibble or processed commercial food
  • No big bones

PUPPY DAILY MEALS  

  • Feed puppy at 6%-8% of its weight.
  • 4 meals per meals per day.
  • Start by feeding boneless protein such as chicken, venison, water buffalo or green tripe. Y
  • Softer bones( wing/feet/necks/soft brisket/ after 7 days. From our range this includes duck wings, soft brisket bones, turkey wings, duck feet, chicken feet etc.

 

 

AFTER 7-11 DAYS

Puppies need at least 3 mg of calcium per Calorie (three times the amount of calcium that adult dogs need). It’s especially important not to give too much calcium to large-breed puppies during their first six months, as they are segment most likely to develop bone and joint abnormalities when given the incorrect calcium and phosphorus amounts.  Puppies also need more phosphorus than adult dogs do. Never add plain calcium to a puppy’s diet, puppies need bones that provide the correct amount and ratio of calcium to phosphorus.

Pups, unlike adult dogs, cannot adequately regulate how much dietary calcium they absorb from the intestinal tract. Sometimes they absorb and retain too much calcium which can cause skeletal malformations

Start introducing denser or harder bones in addition to the softer bones we've been introducing over the past few weeks. New proteins should be slowly  introduced over 3-4 days. A minimum of  4 proteins should be fed in rotation and the more grass fed/free ranged red meat is superior when it comes to protein types and quality.

Bones such as beef supporting bones are too dense to digest, leading to the build-up of bone, and may also crack teeth if you feed it whole.

 

After introduction of 4 proteins is complete, it’s time to introduce organs. Use caution when introducing organs because the nutrients in organs are highly concentrated and could cause upset stomachs and diarrhea.  Start with a small amount ea tablespoon and gradually increase over the week.

  • Never over feed organs
  • Never feed whole liver to your dog, too much liver can cause A toxin poisoning

After a successful introduction to organs you can work up towards to 5% approx. allowance and you’re now well on your way to complete raw feeding.