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Old 12-06-2013, 08:19 PM
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Hi, I am hoping to add a chi pup to our doggie family sometime next year. We swapped our current dogs to a raw diet earlier this year and I want to start my chi out on raw from the beginning. However I am a bit nervous because it will be so small! I am currently feeding a german shepherd and until our 12 year old lab passed away recently a chocolate lab,so quite a size jump to a chi pup. I have never raised any puppy on raw and am a bit nervous about getting it right so they will grow right
What are good size bone in meats for a chi pup? Are chicken wings a good option for bone in meat at first?
Should a variety of meats all be introduced in a short period of time with a pup, like in the first week or two? Can they and should they have chicken, pork, beef, rabbit, turkey in that first bit of time?
Also I wondered how much a pup would normally eat in a day? Is is a drumstick size portion about?
I'm sure that someone has asked very similar questions but I just couldn't find them and I so wanted some assurance that I will be doing things right
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:31 PM
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There's lots of advice in the raw section and the stickies.

I use cornish hen for most of my bone. They are small and easy to chew and don't seem to splinter like some chicken bones can. Get a one pound hen and whack it up into about 8 chunks of meat and bone. Those will be 2 ounces each and will serve as a bone-in meal. Fill in the rest with red meats if you can... beef, bison, lamb, goat, venison, pork.

With a puppy, you can introduce meats faster than with an older dog. Wicked Pixie here has a couple of pups she's starting on raw so she'd be a great resource.

Just keep to your 80% proportion of meat, 10% bone, 5% liver and 5% other secreting organ like kidney - and you should be fine. You will see steady and slow growth. If you are careful not to overfeed you won't see the pudgy roly poly puppy that many are used to seeing. Keep your pup lean for optimum growth on the skeleton and joints.
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There's lots of advice in the raw section and the stickies.

I use cornish hen for most of my bone. They are small and easy to chew and don't seem to splinter like some chicken bones can. Get a one pound hen and whack it up into about 8 chunks of meat and bone. Those will be 2 ounces each and will serve as a bone-in meal. Fill in the rest with red meats if you can... beef, bison, lamb, goat, venison, pork.

With a puppy, you can introduce meats faster than with an older dog. Wicked Pixie here has a couple of pups she's starting on raw so she'd be a great resource.

Just keep to your 80% proportion of meat, 10% bone, 5% liver and 5% other secreting organ like kidney - and you should be fine. You will see steady and slow growth. If you are careful not to overfeed you won't see the pudgy roly poly puppy that many are used to seeing. Keep your pup lean for optimum growth on the skeleton and joints.

Obversely every dog is different because of activity level so how many grams in total ruffly if feeding this diet is ok ?

This is the only thing that puts me off because im used to ziwipeak and feeding what the pack says, so with raw meat, bone and organs its a guessing game for me. Thats the only reason i dont feed meat etc
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