Re: Diet Choices
GSD puppies and adults eat the same amount of food per day. (Puppies need more as a percentage of body weight because they are growing.) So yes, your 3-month-old would eat about 2 pounds of raw food per day.
There's no reason to throw away raw chicken bones, they are perfectly good food. But they aren't a complete diet.
The issue is the ratio of bone to meat in the diet. If the dog eats too much bone and not enough meat, they will become constipated (as well as lack necessary nutrients.)
Chicken backs are bony. So to compensate, just add some additional meat when you feed backs--say, a meatball-sized hunk of pork, turkey, or what have you.
Better yet, chicken leg quarters (leg/thigh part) are about the same price as backs--I buy them for .59/lb in bulk--and they have a much better ratio of meat to bone.
But even at that, you can't make a complete raw diet out of chicken as your only source of protein. You'll need to switch out different things--turkey, pork, beef, fish--as much variety as you can muster.
Do check out the rawdogranch site. It's a good primer on how to make a balanced raw diet from scratch. Then, if you want to supplement part of the diet with the NV medallions, great. But you'll understand better what the rest of the diet should be.
Raw diets are great---but you do need to do it right. Proper nutrition for a growing pup is important.
Mine like veggies/fruits too. But plain raw veggies aren't providing much nutrition--dogs can't digest them, so they come out pretty much like they went in. The solution is to "partially digest" it before you give it to the dog---either by pureeing it in a blender or food processor to make mush, cooking it, or freezing it. Any of these methods will help break the cell walls of veggies and make them better able to be digested by your dog. A raw carrot or broccoli stalk won't hurt your dog---they are a decent chew toy/treat---but unless you're processing it first, it can't really count towards the nutrients the dog is getting.
Hope some of this helps.
St. Louis, MO
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