PUPPIES AND RAW FEEDING
For puppies that have been weaned onto kibble or any food other than raw.
A step-by-step approach is recommended when transitioning puppies to raw. This will help to avoid any stomach issues and should make the swop over as smooth and easy as possible.
Step 1 is to work out how much food your puppy need. Please use our Feeding Calculator to discover how much food your puppy needs throughout the day. Puppies under 3 months old need at least 4 meals per day. Do three meals for puppies between 3 and 6 months of age and for puppies 6 months to 1 year old, do two meals. Having said this, it is not set in stone, be guided by your puppy, some may drop a meal sooner of their own accord.
Do not mix kibble and raw and there is no need to add vegetables and fruits.
Week 1 - for the first 3 to 5 days, start with boneless green tripe. After 3 to 5 days, introduce bone. This can be a mince containing bone, or soft bones such as chicken necks, wings etc. If you choose the latter, you may need to hold on to the bone while the pup chews, this will teach pup to chew and not attempt to swallow the bone down.
From Week 2 - begin to introduce new proteins, one at a time, at approximately 5 day intervals. Only move onto the next new protein when puppies poos are well and formed. Some puppies may take longer and that's fine. Also, by introducing one protein at a time, you will discover if pup has any allergies or intolerances to any particular meat.
When puppy has had at least 4 proteins, you can begin to introduce offal. Begin with a teeny amount of liver. Liver is packed full of nutrients, but can cause runny poops. Very gradually build up the amount of liver to 5% of the daily diet. Once liver is well tolerated, you should begin to introduce a second secreting organ, in the same way that liver was introduced.
At this point, fish can be introduced, followed by eggs. Eggs should be fed 2 to 3 times during the week. As before, a slow introduction will make for an easier transition.
From hereon, DIY or 80/10/10 foods can be given.
Weaning Puppies straight onto raw -
Puppies can be weaned straight onto raw food. This is the best way to give puppies a great start in life.
Weaning starts at around 3 weeks, when a meal of green tripe should be offered 3 times per day, just before suckling starts.
Around 4 weeks, minced chicken with bone can be added to the tripe (if mincing your own, remove any skin as it can be a choking hazard.
From 5 weeks, they can be introduced to the different proteins every few days. Also a small amount of liver and other secreting organ can be added slowly, building up to the full percentage, day by day.
Around this time they will show an interest in Mum's food and by 6 weeks they can chew on chicken feet and wings, rabbit and fish. You may want to hold onto these while puppy learns how to chew.
Chicken wings should have the wing tip cut off at the third joint. This double joint of the wing can be a choking hazard if the puppy is tempted to swallow it whole.
at around 5 - 6 weeks puppies cut their permanent teeth and have a rapid growth spurt. At this time they should always have plenty of raw meaty bones of suitable size.
At least 10% of your puppies diet should be bone.
Minces that have bone included are great, it's fine to use these as part of your puppy’s diet. But he needs to chew on actual bone to benefit from the dental hygiene aspects of a raw diet. Remember, though, to avoid large weight bearing bones as these are very hard and may damage your puppy’s teeth.
A dog that is eating enough bone will produce firm stools that crumble when dry. If your dog’s stools are loose he is probably not getting enough bone, whereas too much offal, or not enough bone will also produce loose stools. If your puppy’s stools are hard and difficult to pass, you are probably feeding too much bone, so cut back for a while.
Tripe is extremely beneficial to puppies and adult dogs. Tripe is the stomach of a herbivore – usually a cow or a sheep. Green simply means “unwashed.” If you feed your dog “green” tripe, he will benefit from the minerals in the remains of the semi-digested material. On the other hand, humans typically eat white tripe. This kind has had all these important nutrients washed out of it, so it isn’t beneficial for your dog.
Feeding green tripe intermittently, if you have the stomach for it (it is extremely stinky) is healthy. It will give your puppy access to the range of nutrients he needs. (Tip: wear gloves. The smell stays on your skin for ages).
Eggs make a great raw food for puppies. Some dogs will eat the shell too, which is fine. You may have to whisk the egg slightly the first few times you feed, to get the puppy started.
Always make sure your puppy has access to fresh drinking water. Raw fed dogs actually drink a lot less water than kibble fed dogs. Allow them to drink as much as they want.