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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-21-2016, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Freeze-dried or Frozen Commercial?

I've been doing some research and to start I'd like to incorporate(introducing slowly) Primal into my puppies kibble diet when I get her. I see the percentages of crude protein, crude fat, calcium, phosphorus, copper, iron, etc. is much higher in the freeze-dried formula. Example: Freeze-dried/Frozen Beef crude protein- 48%/14%, crude fat- 38%/14%, calcium- 1.68%/0.56%, phosphorus- 1.14%/0.22%.

If I'm supplementing Primal a couple times a week and/or mixing it with kibble(again introducing slowly, and after I establish her on a good kibble), is one better than the other for puppies?
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GOOD FOR YOU MT!!!!

Personally, I would do the raw,
but.....do it as a raw meal only.....don't mix it with the kibble meals.
For instance, do complete raw feeding meals on Tuesday's and Saturday's without any kibble unless you are using kibble as a reward during training.
OR
A kibble feeding for the morning and a raw feeding for the night a couple of times per week.

This is provided that her gut handles those types of changes. Be cautious, and go slowly until you find out what type of gut she has.

Per Primal site: "For puppies and kittens age 8 weeks to 1 year, we recommend a feeding percentage of 4% to start. Adjust the feeding percentage up or down as necessary according to their growth."
Calculator: Feeding, Transition and Safety for Raw Dog Food Diets

Make sure you keep her on the same food that the breeder has her on for at least 2 weeks before you begin to add a new kibble in.


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Thanks! I'm typing on my phone so excuse and typos. Ok cool I won't mix with the kibble, just the raw by itself a couple meals/days a week. Once I do all the transitioning if foods I'll just start with the Primal chicken formula and see how she does. So does it matter if I do frozen or freeze-dried?
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Thanks! I'm typing on my phone so excuse and typos. Ok cool I won't mix with the kibble, just the raw by itself a couple meals/days a week. Once I do all the transitioning if foods I'll just start with the Primal chicken formula and see how she does. So does it matter if I do frozen or freeze-dried?
Yes, sorry....when I talk about "raw" it would be the frozen one.

Make sure you thaw it before feeding!

Keep us posted!

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Sounds good and will do!
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We switched Bruce when he was 12 weeks old ( we had planned on doing it sooner, but he had cochidosias when we got him, and didn't want to put too much stress on his little puppy system). When we did it, we used Northwest Naturals, (although we were between 3 brands and Primal was one of those) we used the frozen type, and we just started one day switching. Like I bought the food on a Friday, and Saturday morning we gave it to him, monitored his poop, Sunday gave him kibble, monitored his poop and his behavior. No changes, so we went ahead with Monday with raw again, no changes, and he actually got switched pretty quickly because he didn't have any problems with switching. His poop stayed solid and consistent the whole way through, and he was switched within 2 weeks.

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