The Dog's Dinner - by Ann Ridyard

Raw feeding for dogs

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  FEEDING PUPPIES

Is a little different to feeding the adult dog - depending on their age they may be on 3 or even 4 feeds per day.

The percentage of their body weight fed to them will also vary, based on their age.      

Some sites will advocate that you feed your dog 2.5% of the final adult weight that you expect him to achieve - this seems a little hap hazzard to me, as unless you have a 'type' bred dog there are many variations in weight between adults of the same breed.

I preferred to have a chart - a guideline to follow, something that could be individual to the pup it was catering for, rather than a estimate based in some cases of no clue what the final adult weight will be.  For example the rescued cross breed - how would we ever know what the estimated adult weight of this pup will be; as in some cases we don't even know who the father was !!

I studied the growth of several breeds over a period of time to devise this percentage plan, based on age.  Since the plan was devised 5 years ago, it has helped many owners find a starting point for their individual breed, but it must be remembered that this merely is a guide or starting point and may need to be tailored as your puppy grows to suit it's breed.

Puppies I consider to be grown sufficiently after around 14 months of age as this is when the long bones stop growing.  Your pup will not gain any height after this point, but he could well fill out.  Your large breed finally reaching maturity between 2 and 3 years.  Smaller breeds and types will mature earlier, but whatever the breed or size the pup should be grown slowly and never allowed to get fat; as this will put undue stress on growing bones.

The same observations should be made of puppies, just as we assess adults:-

 

  Having determined that your puppy, no matter what his age, is not fat, you may then proceed with these feeding guidelines, based on his weight.

7-10 weeks     8 - 10% of bodyweight
10-16 weeks   7.5 - 8.5% of bodyweight
16-20 weeks  6.5 - 7.5% of bodyweight
20-24 weeks  5.5 - 6.5% of bodyweight
24-36 weeks  4.5 - 5.5% of bodyweight
36-56 weeks  3.5 - 4.5% of bodyweight
56-68 weeks  3.5%
68 weeks plus is adult maintenence at 2-3% 

 

Some puppies will need the upper limits allowed, some will need the lower limits, common sense should and observation should be used by the owner at all times, to ensure their puppy does not get fat.

Puppies are supposed to be lean !!

The term 'puppy fat' is applied to pups who are still being nursed by their mothers.  When a puppy arrives in its new home, it should start to loose the 'puppy fat' and gain shape and definition ie. - a waist and this should happen within a few weeks of arrival in its new home. 

Swapping puppies to RAW

This can often happen at a faster rate than swapping an adult dog, the younger the pup, generally the easier it is to swap.  I kept a diary of a puppy we swapped to raw a few years back, it was not as straightforward as it should have been  Pasha had very different ideas about her swapover and wanted it on her terms, you can read about how we dealt with this and see that the guidelines can be stretched and ignored if needed, this diet is very versatile. 
 

 

You can now follow the guidelines set out in QUICK START 

Further reading about growing pups correctly   HERE