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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-12-2018, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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starting out raw diet for 8 week old puppy

Hello, this is my very first post on this website. Im glad i found a place with what seems to be valuable infomration from alot of people who are experienced with feeding raw diets to their dogs.

I've been doing alot of research for the past couple of weeks and i have some concerns that i would like if some of you could give me your advice on.
I'm picking up my 8 week old german shepherd in a few days and im concerned with his first week of food that i have planned for him. I was going to feed him chicken wings that i would mash up so that he wouldn't have a problem eating them. I read that as long as i start making his diet more balanced after the initial few days to a week of starting him on a raw diet i should be fine. Should i be concerned that he wont be getting an 80/10/10 diet for his first week considering chicken wings are around 46% bones. Should i buy some chicken breast so that the percentage of bones are closer to 10% a day instead of 46%?

Keep in mind i will be adding different protein sources and eventually getting him on a 80/10/10 diet after the first week. I just wanted to make sure that feeding him such a high percentage of bones for the first week wasnt going to be harmful for him, considering he might have constipation from all the bones.

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-12-2018, 06:14 PM
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John i did some research on raw diets and still want to do raw diet. I would recommend you look at Darwin's, BARF or Instinct. I think 80/10/10 might be to high, this was the number i was going to go by, 10-15% bones, 5-10% offal, 60- 75% meat and 15-25% veggies (and fruit)
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John,

if you are new to raw, please don't take chances. Puppy development is crucial the first year. I would not start by trying something for the first week. Chicken wings are pretty fatty and have more bone than meat. Not a balanced diet. To teach them to chew you want to start with something they cannot swallow whole, like an entire chicken back instead of grinding up bone.
There is good info on the forum. Griff (almost 6 months) is growing up nicely on a good kibble in the morning and raw in the evening.

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good kibble in the morning and raw in the evening.
So, mixing does work fine then.
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Please use a commercial raw while he's a puppy. There are so many nutrients that have to be balanced.
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So, mixing does work fine then.
Yes. You can mix.




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Hi there is a lot of info on the web. i do 5/1/1 with maggie. she is 15 weeks now vet said she looked great shes a big girl 41 lbs but shes filled in nicely..

i love that i control what my pup eats at all times!
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wanted to add, maggie still gets kibble mixed in her diet.
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Another thing that's important is to keep the pup on the skinny side.
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Some good information on switching puppies to raw.

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