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Old 07-23-2015, 11:29 AM
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I've searched everywhere but did not find the answer I need. I know raw is the best diet for any animal you have as a pet. I own snakes, I feed them their appropriate diet not sausage or hot dog.

Same for my pup, but my question is what is an appropriate age to start the raw? Hunley is 11 weeks old. I did switch him to Blue Wilderness kibble cuz he was on a crappy puppy chow. Noticed a difference in his stool within two days, firmer, not as stinky.

I also have been giving him coconut oil, quarter of a teaspon, each morning and slowly increased it to half a teaspoon for now. He loves it!!! Tries to climb into the large container to get more.

Will it be okay to start him on a raw diet at this age? thanx.
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I started my new puppy Scarlett right away. She had two days freeze dried raw (Primal) then started with raw chicken. She was only 9 weeks when we started. She is currently 4 months and loves her raw.
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Thank you, this is good to know. my plan was to switch him from the garbage kibble to the one he is on now, which went well, then leave him on that kibble for two weeks and then start him with raw chicken. He did chow down on a carrot the other day and no loosening of his stool so guess it was all good.
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Many breeders wean straight on to raw.
My youngest two were weaned this way, they have never eaten any kibble or canned food at all. They started with raw at about 4.5 weeks whilst still feeding from their mum. They were fully weaned by 10 weeks, and eating a full variety of raw meats.
The only thing i did differently for them was making sure they got their 10% bone in ground form. (Chicken mince with bone included)
They had whole bones to chew, but they couldn't really eat them until they were around 12/13 weeks (they are quite small Chis, only 3lbs and 4lbs as adults)
I started with the soft parts of chicken carcasses, more cartilage than bone, and they had to go back on bone-in minces when they were teething.
They absolutely thrived on raw, no sensitivities/allergies, they love everything they are offered, and eat really carefully, no issues with gulping or food guarding (which can happen when swapping a dog from kibble to raw) They also grew at a nice steady rate which is best for joints.
Swapping puppies is usually easier, they haven't had time to adapt to kibble/cooked foods, so different proteins can be introduced relatively quickly.
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Many breeders wean straight on to raw.
My youngest two were weaned this way, they have never eaten any kibble or canned food at all. They started with raw at about 4.5 weeks whilst still feeding from their mum. They were fully weaned by 10 weeks, and eating a full variety of raw meats.
The only thing i did differently for them was making sure they got their 10% bone in ground form. (Chicken mince with bone included)
They had whole bones to chew, but they couldn't really eat them until they were around 12/13 weeks (they are quite small Chis, only 3lbs and 4lbs as adults)
I started with the soft parts of chicken carcasses, more cartilage than bone, and they had to go back on bone-in minces when they were teething.
They absolutely thrived on raw, no sensitivities/allergies, they love everything they are offered, and eat really carefully, no issues with gulping or food guarding (which can happen when swapping a dog from kibble to raw) They also grew at a nice steady rate which is best for joints.
Swapping puppies is usually easier, they haven't had time to adapt to kibble/cooked foods, so different proteins can be introduced relatively quickly.
Oh thank you, very good to know. I was thinking of giving him the center portion of a chicken wing to start with, then the other portions later on in the day. Lets say center bone in the morning, then one part mid-day, then last part evening. I use blue wilderness kibble with some water added to moisten but not soak it.

I switched to this as we got him when he was 6 weeks old. He was the largest of the litter and his mom stopped nursing him. I switched him to blue wilderness because I used that for my other dog, who also was on a raw diet, and I trust the brand. Once I get him full swing into raw I can wean from the kibble. Thank you again for the advice, been a long time since I've had a dog from puppy stage. Most of my dogs were older rescue dogs.
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You need to feed the same ratios to a puppy, so 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% organs, half of which must be liver. While it is OK to be flexible with adult dogs and aim for balance over time, it is vital that growing puppies get these percentages over a shorter space of time, especially the bone content. Too much or too little bone can cause serious issues, so i would have some bone in mince and a set of scales and a calculator on hand to make sure he is getting the right amount.
He may be able to eat the wing bone at 9 weeks, but my two couldn't, they just stripped the meat off.
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going to get a scale this weekend for the kitchen, my old one broke finally!! Printed out, wrote down all the information I need and will start him on monday with the chicken wing and see how he does. (going away this weekend, not a good idea to start raw while in a hotel room). this is going to be interesting.
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