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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-26-2014, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Is it ok to feed raw to a young puppy?

I have a nine week old pup that I'm currently feeding Orijen Large Breed Puppy kibble and canned food to. I've been reading about the benefits of feeding a raw diet and wonder if it is safe to feed to growing puppies or whether it's best to wait until they mature. My worry is that since I'm new to raw, I might not give her a balanced diet for growth if I try the raw now. If I do feed raw now, would it be best to supplement with something like Urban Wolf or The Honest Kitchen?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-26-2014, 06:11 PM
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Of course it is. It really is not that difficult.
You feed raw, and supplement with Feedsentials.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-14-2014, 04:59 PM
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I spoke to the breeder I am getting puppy from. His reply reads as follows.

I supply a basic diet sheet and puppy rearing guide from 8 weeks old.
My dogs are feed mainly 'wet' food, ie. meat based. I use chicken mince (pet quality which is ground bodies) also whole bodies and Mighty Mix (frozen) Healthy Dog Food Products | Ideal Diet for Dogs | Dog Nutrition products
I also use Mighty Mix biscuits and beef brisket bones.
I do not feed cows' milk once weaned but have, at times, used goats' milk if required.

I do not favour diets of totally dry kibble type foods. You might like to read books such as ..
"Give your dog a bone"- Ian Billinghurst.
Dr Billinghurst books
He is a very reputable breeder here, breeds working lines for police dogs and others. At the end of the day I think its up to each individual and what works for the dog.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-14-2014, 07:15 PM
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My puppies are weaned onto raw and never see kibble unless someone who buys one of my pups decides to switch them. Yes, it is possible. I would do a lot of reading first since puppies are more susceptible to incorrect diets. Raw dog ranch has a good section on raw feeding though she hasn't done the puppy page (puppies eat the same things that an adult eats, for the most part). There are also good raw feeding groups on both FB and email groups through Yahoo.

I feed no grains or veggies or fruit (except as an occasion treat) ,something that Billinghurst recommends. They don't need them and grains can be detrimental to many dogs.

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