Friday, August 29, 1997

Feeding my dog raw foods?

I was hoping to get an answer from someone who has experience in this. I have a couple questions about feeding raw foods to my puppy. Is it safe? Is it really better for her than the crappy commercial food like Science Diet and Why?? How do I get started? I read I have to make it balanced and complete, How? Should I be using some sort of vitamin supplements as well? Which meats, veggies and fruits are best? Which things should I NOT be feeding her( ex. onions) ? Is there anything else I should know before considering this? Can you recommend a good site with some sort of recipes or something? Thanks, A best answer will be awarded if there is one :)

Answer on Feeding my dog raw foods?

I raw feed 2 Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Both since 8 weeks of age. One is nearly 3 years old and the other is 10 weeks.

For the first week or two feeding raw stick to one type of protein. Chicken is best. Large chicken pieces with bone are good.

Then include another type of protein like lamb. Again do this for a week or two.

You can then include organs, this should make up 10% of the diet. 5% of that being liver. Add organs slowly, they can be a bit rich for puppies at first. I dont feed Maggie 10% just yet, I will increase to that over the next month or two.

I have got her on frozen whole raw sardines, which are great for teething. And I give her a bit of heart each week.

Other meats can then be included.

Here's a list of all the different types of meats you can feed.
http://www.rawfeddogs.net/Recipes

If you include fruit and vegies no more than 5-10% of the diet. They are best fed pulverised. These are optional, as a majority of the diet should be meat. Greens and sprouts are best. No grapes.

Here's a few sites to help get you started.
http://www.rawlearning.com

http://leerburg.com/feedingarawdiet.htm

Hope this helps.