My pup will be about 10 weeks old when I get her and would like to start her on a raw diet right away. I'm also wondering how much to feed. I have read anywhere form 3%-10% of her body weight. I have also read to go by the parents weight. Mom is 85 lbs and dad is 105 lbs. Though I am told he is not yet at his full weight. I believe he just turned 2 yrs.
Some people like to have everything calculated and weighed and punched into spreadsheets with formulae. That is fine, but I'm too lazy for that, and go by rule-of-thumbs, and I adjust amounts up or down as needed, based on my dogs' condition and activity level.
As a starting point, go for about two lbs a day, divided between two or three meals. Watch your pup - if she seems thin, feed more, if she seems rolly-polly, feed less, dogs can really vary with how much they need. For example, my 65 lbs rottie mix puts on weight at a drop of a hat, and she gets about a pound and a half a day sometimes less. My GSD is 82 lbs, active, and of a slim build, and needs about three lbs a day or more to keep in good weight.
1. Some people feed raw eggs and some boiled (shells and all). What is the difference. Also, does an egg replace something else in the meal?
Egg whites contain a protein called Avidin. It binds with biotin, and important nutrient, and makes it un-available to the body. So a diet high in raw egg whites only may result in a biotin deficiency. However, the egg yolk is high in biotin, so feeding a whole, raw egg balances the avidin and the biotin out. There is controversy as to whether this is enough to balance out the biotin, and if the amount of avidin in the egg white is so high as to bind up all the biotin in the yolk, AND 'spare' biotin' in the liver and blood, giving a net negative biotin availability.
So far, I've only read about paper calculations and philosophical discussions on the subject, without actual lab tests or long-term nutritional studies on the subject - and I'm not convinced that paper calculations and internet discussions actually translate to real-life applications.
I have no issues feeding raw eggs on a regular basis, and have been doing so for years. As part of my dogs' raw diet, they get raw liver on a regular basis, which is very high in biotin, so I'm not concerned about any deficiency. Plus, each time I have had blood work done on Keeta, who has been on raw for over five years now, it comes back stellar.
Cooking the egg de-activates the avidin, so some people feel more comfortable feeding cooked eggs instead of raw. Either way, raw or cooked, eggs are a very good addition to a dog's diet.
2. Some add supplements and some do not. Why?
Don't know? Different feeding beliefs and philosophies. I do minimal supplementing.
3. If I need supplements how do I know which to use?
I'd say read up on what people are using and why, and decide for yourself if you feel that is something you should be using too.
3. If adding tripe to the meal, is it in place of something else? Or just added as an extra? Is this considered OM?
Tripe would considered something extra.
4 Yogurt. Yes or no? I've read both
Can't hurt unless your dog is sensitive to milk products.
5 Can the food be frozen for a certain amount of time? I have access to deer parts right now. I want to know if I can freeze now and it still be good end of DEC or early JAN.
Yes, properly frozen meats, if kept frozen, is good and safe for YEARS. People give me stuff from their freezer that is one or two years old to feed my dogs, and don't tell them, but I save some for myself and enjoy!
6 What parts of the deer should I get? I did read not to feed the brain or spine. Anything else I shouldn't feed?
In some areas, Deer are affected by some kind of Deer Waisting Disease, which I think, is like mad cow desease? The prions responsible for the desease live in the brain and spinal cord, and are just about imposible to kill (freezing or cooking does not kill prions). So people are advised to not feed the head or the spinal cord to be safe.
7 I have seen sardines and tilapia listed as both RMB and MM. Can it be considered both?
Sure, why not?
Just start slow, once you get into the swing of things, it does not seem so complicated nor so overwhelming. Some good questions though!