|Barked: Wed Sep 12, '12 12:29am PST |
|Unless you're feeding a lot of grass fed meat or oily fish, it's good to supplement with fish oil, like Maverick said. Other supplements can offer benefits, but if you're feeding a balanced raw diet, you should be getting all the nutrients you need without any other supplements. Starting out, I wouldn't worry about supplementing anything but fish oil.
When switching to raw, it's best to include bone with every meal to keep stools firm. Some dogs will always need bone with every meal to have good stools, some are fine with a bone-in meal every other meal, ect. Same with organ meats, some dogs can handle a week's worth of liver/other organ in one meal, some will get cannon butt from that. Definitely when switching, organs should be introduced very gradually.
Once your dogs are adjusted to eating various proteins, the more variety you can get the better. Some people feed a different protein every day, rotating between beef, pork, chicken, ect. ect. Some will feed one protein for several days in a row, then switch to another protein as they obtain it. Either way is fine as balance over time is the important thing. The more red meat you can feed the better. Chicken shouldn't be more than 50% of the overall diet.
The main thing to keep in mind as far as various ages is to make sure you don't overdo bone with growing puppies, stick closely to the 10%. 2-3% is a starting place, some dogs need way more than that to stay at a healthy weight, some need less. If your dogs are extremely active, they may need more than 3%, so if they start to get too thin, start feeding a bit more.
Edited by author Wed Sep 12, '12 12:35am PST
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