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Kingie 04-08-2014 05:21 PM

Feeding puppy bones
Hi, my 10 week old white german shepherd eats James well beloved kibble currently. I would like to start introducing bones as a treat/teething help. I am in the UK and wondering what bones would be best to feed her! Cooked or roar.

Many thanks in advance.

MaggieRoseLee 04-08-2014 05:28 PM

Shade 04-08-2014 07:19 PM

MRL is right, never ever give cooked bones - they splinter. Raw is best and I freeze them before giving to make them last longer

Kingie 04-09-2014 03:08 AM

What bones should I get her? I will make a trip to the butchers, what should I ask for and is 10 weeks to young?

Harry and Lola 04-09-2014 03:45 AM

Give her a raw chicken wing to start with

Kingie 04-09-2014 03:59 AM

The whole thing, meat and bone? We are currently feeding her kibble 4 times daily, how would you recomend feeding (how many times a day? How much per sitting? Bone to meat ratio?)

Looking all over the web and seems to just say feed them raw but no details on my questions?

Thank you

Harry and Lola 04-09-2014 05:29 AM

I would feed 3 times a day and my suggestion is the following:-

- keep dry kibble and raw food separate, ie feed her breakfast dry kibble only, then lunch raw only and dinner raw only.

- start with chicken or turkey and give only this type of meat for about a week and then try another meat like lamb and again give for a week, once puppy has had a few different proteins (meats) and there is no problems with tummy upsets, diarrhoea then you can include different meats into her meal throughout the week if you like.

- for 1 days feeding, divide the raw food up to 2/3 muscle meat & offal eg mostly chicken mince and little bit of chicken offal like hearts or liver and 1/3 bone eg chicken wing

- feed about 2 to 3% of her anticipated adult weight or if you are not confident on working this out, then feed about 10% of current weight in food, eg say she weighs 33 pounds, then feed 3.3 pounds of raw food (or a bit less if you are also giving dry kibble).

- give supplements including fish or krill oil and organic virgin coconut oil.

You will get used to your puppy and whether you are over feeding or under feeding, always make sure she has a nice trim waist when look at her from above and you can slightly feel her ribs through a nice layer of fat.

This is just my suggestion and other people may be able to contribute to help you out. :)

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