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Old 11-03-2014, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Amount to feed raw for 6 month old GSD?

Hi there. New member, I have been lurking for some time. I am transitioning my GSD pup to a raw diet; he has had some growth issues (grew very, very fast - he was 64 lbs last week at 5 mos, 3 weeks, and he is skinny) and is down on his pasterns. I am hoping to normalize his growth and let everything self-correct with a raw diet, but I have read so many differing opinions on how much to feed a growing puppy. I am seeing everything from 2% of projected adult weight to 6%. I am hoping someone experienced (Carmspack??) can chime in here.

Puppy has always been kept lean, and needed more than recommended amounts of kibble to get there (6 cups/day of Orijen LBP from about 12 weeks to 4 1/2 months, then changed to Canine Caviar Wilderness blend). I want to keep him lean, so he doesn't stress his joints, ligaments and cartilage while I wait for his pasterns to get stronger (he is getting Feed-Sentials, and swim therapy 2 x week), but want more condition than he currently has on him. Any suggestions on just how much raw I need to be feeding?
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Feeding puppies - The Dog's Dinner - by Ann Ridyard

That's the site I used as a starting point to calculate how much to feed based on the age of the puppy. However, there's no rule saying that you can only feed a certain amount, as the dog's bodyweight should be your top indicator to adjust how much to feed him. If your dog is looking a bit chubby, cut back on the food. If your dog is too thin, increase the food.

Generally too, the recommendation is 2-3% of adult weight and then adjust from there. But there are some dogs who are very lean on 4% of body weight, and other dogs are fine with 1-1.5%. So it really will change depending on your dog and activity level.
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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And FWIW, I feed my 7 month old, 55 pound mix 2 lbs/day.
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Thank you. I will check out that link. I am just concerned that given how much more than recommended amounts of kibble he seemed to need, that perhaps he might need more than 3% when raw fed. But I will keep an eye on him and adjust accordingly for sure.
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