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Feeding A Puppy A Raw Diet

My puppy is getting ready to turn 9 weeks and I've been reading a lot about raw feeding. Would it be a good idea or bad idea? I hear about all of the health benefits, but one thing I'm worried about is him possibly choking on a bone, so should I wait until he's older? If not, what is the best way to feed a puppy? And the last question I have is after he finishes eating am I suppose to wait awhile before letting him lick on me because of the bacteria? So sorry if that might be a lot of questions.. Just trying to do what's best for my boy. Thanks for all answers
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I feed a raw diet to my 3 month old puppy, she's a pro at eating raw meaty bones. I have zero issues. However you must must do your research before jumping in and feeding a raw diet to a puppy, it's so easy to feed an unbalanced raw diet and that could negatively impact a growing puppy. If you're on Facebook join the raw feeding community group there, it's a great resource for learning and they have lots of files on how to properly feed a raw diet.

I've never had an issue with bacteria.

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I worry about bones with my poodle so I feed mainly ground Delgado on the other hand loves crunching bones, sounds awful but haven't had a single issue

But definitely be cautious with a puppy and make sure your proportions are correct

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I worry about bones with my poodle so I feed mainly ground Delgado on the other hand loves crunching bones, sounds awful but haven't had a single issue

But definitely be cautious with a puppy and make sure your proportions are correct
My little dogs love bones! I mainly stick to chicken and duck bones though, no lamb or pork bones for them, just the big dogs etc.

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My little dogs love bones! I mainly stick to chicken and duck bones though, no lamb or pork bones for them, just the big dogs etc.
Jazzy is a princess, I got whole rabbit (head off, gutted) and offered her a leg. She sniffed, licked, and then walked away so I gave her about 90 minutes and two more tries then I pulled out her ground, she ate it right away. Same meat, just prepared differently

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I started feeding my dog raw at nine weeks she's never had kibble in her entire life do your research and you will be fine Good luck

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I feed raw with essentially zero actual bones. Everything is mush-like. The meat I buy is specifically prepared for dogs and contains ground bones and veggies. I also add substantial amounts of fresh ground veggies, omega-3 fish oil, raw eggs & ground eggshell, and any veggie/meat/fish food I don't finish.

If you avoid cooked chicken, choking on bones is generally not a big risk.
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Bones with my senior is hit or miss so I cut up the chicken, bone and all, she eats it find that way.

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