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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-24-2017, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Nutritional guidelines?

Does anyone have information on the calorie and nutritional needs for an 8wk old puppy? I'm looking into homemade food, but can't seem to find the nutritional requirements/ macro percentages/ necessary vitamins and minerals and all that. Help?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-24-2017, 10:09 PM
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The guidelines you're looking for are from the NRC. I think the full set is behind a paywall.

I don't think I'd homecook for a large-breed pup without expert guidance. It's far too easy to screw up their growth and skeletal structure.

If you really are determined, you might think about doing a consultation with Monica Segel. She has a book about home-cooking called The K9 Kitchen. She develops custom recipes that satisfy NRC guidelines.

You can also get vet-nutritionist formulated recipes through a service affiliated with the UC Davis vet school called Balance It (, but they won't do it for large-breed pups the last I checked.
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