|08-17-2013 04:43 PM|
|kirsten||The itchiness is very mild I should mention. When I go to pet her on her shoulder she will then get itchy. It's just in her shoulder area. I've wondered if maybe her harness could be the cause? I have also been taking her to dog parks the past week so maybe she is picking up some fleas, which then end up dying since she is on Frontline.|
|08-17-2013 03:04 AM|
There is no exact science, Im feeding raw and to cover my bases im also supplementing with a flax based supplement package including all the vitamins and minerals plus probiotics and oils. All in a higher quality form than most any dog food. I dont give it every day, no need to overdose but I dont think it hurts, my pup looks and acts great.
My pup is 55 lbs and I havent fed her a whole chicken yet, I should do that tomorrow.
|08-17-2013 03:02 AM|
A lot of GSD's are allergic to chicken so that is a possibility... You could try switching to a different protein source when you buy more and see how she does, I highly doubt it's the fish oil as most often then not the fish oil helps itchy skin. I wouldn't add more veggies since that food already has vegetables in it though.
Like I said before I also give my dogs extra extra unrefined virgin organic coconut oil, does wonders for their coat... I buy mine on amazon, it's a bit cheaper that way.
|08-17-2013 02:44 AM|
|kirsten||Thanks. I've started feeding her chicken necks for dinner and a whole raw egg for breakfast in addition to the smallbatch. She loves them and so far is very good about eating bones. A natural pet food store by my house also stated I did not need to supplement and should switch proteins in two weeks, giving her a month on each until I know she will do good on everything. The only problem I have though is she seems to have gotten itchier than normal the past few days. I'm hoping its not a chicken allergy. She was given some Kirkland fish oil pills but other than that all chicken. I stopped with the pills and hope to see some improvement on the ichies in the next few days. Prior to raw she ate only beef in her kibble. :/|
|08-17-2013 01:09 AM|
That food has plenty of good stuff in it. Make sure to mix up the meats and feed them a variety of different foods. I believe chickens are a great way to get a puppy on raw. They develop muscles and good teeth when chewing and crushing bone and tendons. The tendons and lipid fluids in the joints help produce healthy joints and fur on the animal. The bones help them with calcium and help pass it when it's absorbed.
If you are doing ground meats, make sure to blend in some oat or rice and veggies. You don't want to give your puppy too much protein.
I feed my puppy as much as he can eat within 15 minutes and then put the rest in the trash. You can get an idea of serving sizes as you go along.
Freki is 26lbs and ate a small whole chicken today minus the head. Two feedings.
|08-11-2013 12:04 PM|
|kirsten||The website says chicken (including muscle meat and bones). It also does look like the blends, which I got should be supplemented. What does a growing puppy need? Anything else I should feed in addition to this?|
|08-11-2013 04:15 AM|
|Carriesue||I think small batch is a Southern California only brand... I've fed it before and never added any supplements to it except for fish and coconut oil but added vitamin/minerals I don't think are needed. Though I suppose you could add a joint supplement too... I don't have anymore ATM but they also need organ meat, does the ingredient list include any organ meat also?|
|08-11-2013 03:12 AM|
Puppy started eating Smallbatch. Supplements needed?
My 4.5 mo puppy started eating Smallbatch chicken and veggies blend. I wanted to give premade raw a try since its a little easier to prepare and help me ease into transitioning her to a raw diet. So far, so good. I am just worried she will need supplements or something extra since she is a growing pup?
Chicken & Veggie Blend:
100% USDA Antiobiotic Free, Hormone Free Chicken &
100% USDA Certified Organic Produce
**Cage Free Chicken (including muscle meat and bones), * Sweet Potatoes, * Broccoli, * Kale, * Carrots, * Zucchini.