Raw feeding made simple: how much should you feed your dog?
These guidelines are for puppies up to an age of approximately 9-12 months. For large breed puppies, they can be used up to 24 months.
Because young dogs are constantly growing, they need a higher percentage of food than adult dogs. The easiest way to work out how much to feed your puppy is to feed a percentage of its body weight.
As a guideline, we’d suggest:
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36 + weeks
These percentages are a guide. It’s important to regularly weigh your puppy and keep a record of their weight so you can increase/decrease their food as and when necessary.
As a general rule, adult dogs should be fed around 2-4% of their ideal adult weight depending on activity levels.
For senior dogs, we’d recommend feeding approximately 1-3% of their ideal adult weight.
Raw feeding made simple: what ingredients should you feed your pet?
Puppies, adults and senior dogs
When transitioning your dog onto raw, regardless of their age, we would advise starting slowly. It’s very important to prepare your dog’s gut for the transition to a fresh, raw diet. Probiotics are fantastic for gut health and getting your dog’s stomach ready to transition from a processed/kibble based diet to a fresh, raw diet. Kefir is a great probiotic and contains lots of lovely healthy bacteria to set your dog up well.
These healthy bacteria also need feeding, so it’s a good idea to also add in some fresh fruit & veggies too (organic if possible).
You can add some of the following things in very small amounts (1-2tbsp in total, and feed a range of the different colours):
- Cabbage (red or white)
- Red pepper
- Dandelion leaves
- Butternut squash
Providing there are no allergies, we recommend starting your dog’s transition to raw slowly. Some good products to start with include
Dog and bones Chicken Mince. Dog and Bones Chicken Mince can be used with the kefir and fruit and veggies. Start with the meaty chicken mince for 3 days. This product doesn’t have any offal in (which can upset tums) and is roughly 90% meat and 10% bone.
These are very reasonable at £2.30 per kg and super convenient with 10% bone plus no offal. Too much bone can cause discomfort and constipation. As a guideline, we recommend 10% but some dogs may need more or less (which is easily adjusted).
After a couple of weeks, we’d recommend adding another two proteins. These could include turkey, duck, beef or lamb (the latter two can be rich).
Continue on a similar cycle for weeks 3 and 4, adding a further two proteins into the diet. Remove any proteins that are known allergens to your dog.
Normally a rotation of 4-6 proteins within the diet is a fantastic base, adding eggs, fish, and some extras (see poster) 2-3 times a week will lay great foundations.
After 4-6 weeks, bones can be introduced. We usually suggest starting with duck necks or lamb ribs. These aid mental stimulation, as well as allowing your dog to feel satisfied and helping to clean their teeth! Boneless meals should be fed following a bone to help balance the higher bone content and avoid chalky, hard stools.
Of course, every pet is individual and what works for some pets might not work for others. That’s why we’re more than happy to assist with your pet’s specific requirements, helping you make the best and most informed choice. Either visit our natural pet shop in Burley-in-Wharfedale and chat to our knowledgeable and friendly staff or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We’re always looking out for the latest research and advice around feeding a fresh, raw diet, and we always ensure you’re the first to know when we find new research. We highly recommend you make use of the many resources available to help you start your journey into fresh feeding.
Check out our Stefs Pet Pantry Facebook Page where Stef frequently posts handy tips and advice on how to feed a fresh diet.
We also have a fantastic Stefs Pet Pantry Customers Facebook Group where you can chat to other customers and find out more about how other people are feeding a fresh diet. We’re all learning together!
Stef also highly recommends that you join the Holistic Dog Care Facebook Group. It’s a brilliant group for discussing all aspects of fresh feeding.