like to feed our 7 week german shepherd/lab mix pup raw diet but not sure what/how much/how often we should feed her.

Asked by Member 1080631 on Dec 29th 2011 in Food & Nutrition
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Gray Dawn Treader

Ask this question in the raw forums if you can, most of us rawbies don't seem to hang around Answers much. Here are the raw forums:

I feed raw, but I can't really answer this one as I haven't personally raised a puppy. I've "puppy-sat" a few times, that's about it.

Gray Dawn Treader answered on 12/29/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Puppies that young need to eat at least three times a day. They need to eat that often to keep up with the growth and how much they burn off during the day.

Tiara answered on 12/29/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Most people start with bone-in chicken and feed that until stools are looking normal. The switch to a new diet can upset a dog's stomach so it's best to introduce new proteins one at a time.

The pup should be fed either 10% of its current body weight or 2-3% of its expected adult body weight per day. Three meals a day would be ideal.

You need to make sure you're eventually feeding 80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, and 5% other secreting organ like kidney. Introduce organs very slowly though as they're very rich and tend to cause loose stool.

These are just the basics- make sure you do a lot of research if you're planning to feed raw. An unbalanced raw diet can cause health problems and end up being less healthy than a balanced kibble, especially for growing large breed puppies who have pretty specific nutritional requirements.

The "So you are interested in feeding raw ..." thread in the raw forum is a good place to start reading.

UCH Onyx TT, CGC answered on 1/1/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer