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What's unique to feeding a puppy raw?

What's unique to feeding a puppy raw? Most of the information I have been reading about feeding raw relat4es to adult dogs. What about pups? I can't imagine feeding bones to a pup before he gets his permanent teeth. What do you feed from 2 months on up to 6 months differently from what you feed your adult dogs?

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Chicken necks are easy enough for a pup to deal with....

Also, if your concern is strictly the bone component...fearing their puppy teeth....one could certainly incorporate bone meal into their diet and allay your concerns.

I waited until my pup was 4-5 months old until I started feeding raw.

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Very little difference. When they are 2 months old I may crush the bones a bit in chicken and turkey while using ground for things like beef, lamb and pork. By the time they are 4-6 months they can handle a lot of the harder bones and definitely by 6 months. My 7 month old eats pork neck and all lamb/mutton parts (I don't feed the leg bones) easily.

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DD is now 13 weeks and has eaten chicken backs ever since he was on solids. He tenderizes them first before he actually eats them. Never had a problem digesting them. It keeps his needle sharp teeth busy for a while.
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Chicken wings are good for pups. It takes pups a while to eat it and it helps satisfy their urge to chew. It's like giving them a chew toy and food all in one
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I would start her between 6-8 weeks. If you wait until she's older, you could run into issues transitioning her (for instance, her refusing to eat her "new" food. My friend is going through this problem with both her adult dogs right now, since she didn't decided to do the raw diet until now). I wouldn't worry about the bones. As others have mentioned, they're as good as a chew toy for your pup!

I found this helpful when deciding my pup's meal plan. It maps out proper serving sizes etc. for a puppy depending on her age. http://www.vonlotta.com/diet.html

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I wean my Chinese Crested puppies directly to raw. The only difference between what they get and what my adult dogs (GSD, Corgi mix and Cresteds) get is the size of the object and the consistency (ground RMBs for the babies).

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I can't imagine feeding bones to a pup before he gets his permanent teeth. What do you feed from 2 months on up to 6 months differently from what you feed your adult dogs?

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You don't have to imagine it.

Here is a video of 8 week old Hans eating a chicken leg.

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