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Strypher 04-24-2014 05:17 AM

How much raw should I feed my puppy ?
I have been doing my research and I've seen a lot of info saying 2-3% for adult but how much for my 4 month ? She is 40 pounds now. Also when you they say make sure you feed variety. Does it mean i should feed her chicken wings (rmb) boneless chicken breats(mm) and liver in one dish then 2nd time I feed her same thing ? Or do I feed her chicken wings with turkey breast ?

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LoriH 04-24-2014 09:26 AM

I used the 3% of current body weight. So at 40 pounds that's 1.2 pounds per day, divide that over 3 meals so .40 pounds per meal. I'll tell you what I fed because it worked for us:
Breakfast: Muscle meat (ground beef or turkey or chicken), oatmeal, tablespoon of greek yogurt, some raw veggies (he likes them). Fish oil and supplements and 2 ounces of organ meat.

Lunch: Same minus the supplements, oil, yogurt and organ meat.

Dinner: RMB - Chicken necks, turkey necks, yogurt, oatmeal or baked sweet potatoes and tablespoon of yogurt.

At 6 months we switched to 2 meals a day and mine was up to 2 lbs of meat/day. He gets a beef rib bone a couple of times a week, also will snack on sardines, apples, bananas. Raw eggs a few times a week are added to one meal as well.

I know a lot of raw feeders don't agree on the oats or veggies but it worked for us and he's 13 months now and is healthy and happy. You do what works for you and your dog.

SuperG 04-24-2014 09:38 AM

Have seen this numerous times.....

"Feed 2-3% of his adult body weight
This is easier to determine if you have a purebred dog, but the amount you feed should be 2-3% of your puppy’s anticipated adult weight. If you’re not sure what that will be, then feed about 10% of his current weight. Watch to see if he gets too fat or too thin and adjust accordingly."

10% for a puppy weighing 40 lbs seems way too much... 4 lbs per day is feeding at a rate of an anticipated adult weight of 160lbs.

Make an assumption for adult weight .....perhaps 75 lbs....that would be 1.5-2.25 lbs per day averaging 1.9 lbs.

The general consensus suggests keeping them a bit on the lean side while their bodies are still growing.....


LoriH 04-24-2014 10:05 AM

That's .40 so less than half a pound per meal. In case my original post is being read as 4 pounds which obviously is way too much. My dog is now 13 months and 77 pounds. Very lean though he is very big boned.

E.Hatch 04-24-2014 10:10 AM

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I agree with SuperG, it's 2-3% of his adult weight not current weight as a puppy. When Eugene was that age he was eating ~2.5lbs a day. He would never have survived on 1.2lbs! He's currently 11 months and a long lean 85lbs eating ~1.75lbs/day.

Yes you need to feed variety but not necessarily in the same day or week even. We feed premade raw in the morning because that is what works best for us. It's generally either beef or venison but sometimes quail, duck, or turkey. Dinner is often a chicken quarter or pork. Sometimes he gets a whole rabbit and that's it for the day. For organs it's generally liver and kidney (I'm working on expanding this). I portion it out in weekly amounts in ziplock bags and freeze pulling one out each week and ration it out through the week.

I personally don't feed necks or backs but I know a lot of people do. I add fish oil to every meal and vitamin E a few times a week.

Check out Lauri's website Welcome to the Raw Dog Ranch, I found it extremely helpful when I was starting.

Good luck!

lhczth 04-24-2014 10:11 AM

Variety means a variety of proteins over time. Not all in one meal. For example I fed chicken backs this AM. For dinner they will get a chicken back and a beef/organ meat mixture/1 egg. Tomorrow they will probably get pork neck or lamb/mutton for breakfast and something else for dinner. My protein sources are beef, chicken, turkey, pork, lamb/mutton, eggs and the occasional rabbit or duck.

I have found that, for the most part, my pups at that age eat as much or maybe slightly more than my adults. The 2% of their adult weight formula works pretty well. If they are too plump I cut back and if looking a bit too lean I increase.

mspiker03 04-24-2014 10:15 AM

2-3% of expected adult weight. I started Paisley at 24oz/day divided into three meals. I ended up lowering that amount a little bit because she was (and still is) getting a fair amount of training treats.

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E.Hatch 04-24-2014 11:07 AM

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