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Old 04-19-2016, 06:01 PM
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I have been researching out my ears for the last week and a half and after talking with my vet, friends and even strangers in regards to feeding raw vs kibble, we are going with raw.

I'm very excited to try this with Lokii when we get him May 18. I am hoping to connect with the breeder to see if I supplied her with the food if she will start him on it sooner than later.

Any insight on whether I should try to get her to do it now or wait 4 more weeks for me to get him and then start?

Also thoughts on how to introduce? Are we in favour of fast and then strictly raw?

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Never fast a Toy breed puppy. They are at risk of hypoglycaemia if they don't eat regularly.
I would keep him on exactly what the breeder has been feeding (type of food, amount of meals etc) until he has settled in and then do a straight swap.
So feed his last non raw meal at night and in the morning start your raw transition. Puppies generally switch much more easily than adult dogs, their bodies haven't had a chance to adapt to a carb based diet yet.
If you can persuade your breeder to wean him onto raw that would be ideal.
If you have not fed raw before I would advise starting with a really good frozen pre-made complete so you don't have to worry about getting the ratios correct. Puppies must have the correct calcium level, for example. I don't know what brands are available in Canada though, sorry.
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The 3 companies I was given were Big Country Raw, Bold Country and Pets4Life.

The owner of the store that sells all three brands said Lokii would need 1.5oz a day therefore I may want to go with Pets4Life because they sell in 1oz sized medallions. The others are sold by the lb and Lokii won't eat a pound in the 4 day period so the medallions look better to go with.

I would LOVE some insight if you could look at Pets4Life dot com and check out their canine goods and let me know if they in fact do meet the requirements as you know them. Any and all feedback I'm taking right now.

Big Country Raw I know a few that use them but they also do not have dogs that will be Lokii's size. They have big ones that eat 1.5lbs or a bit less a day so for them to order 4lb packs etc is no problem. Me on the other even getting a 1lb will have wasted because 5.5oz in 4 days won't get the 1lb pack in.

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4 days isn't really going to make much difference , it's long term. health you're interested in. Just switch him over when you get him. I've switched all my rescues over from the day I get them, the worst I've seen is a little bit of gurgly tummy and some gas for about a week. But the "picky eater" I rescued, you wouldn't guess that!
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Do you know roughly how big Loki will be?
Tiny pups actually eat a lot, up to around 100g a day, possibly more if he is going to be a bigger Chi.
Small dogs have faster metabolisms, all mine need more than the recommended 2-3% of their body weight, as adults they need around 5%, more in cold weather.
If the food you prefer is in 1lb blocks you can semi defrost and divide into smaller portions.
I looked on the Pets4life website, it looks OK, slightly too high in veg/other ingredients for my liking (20% overall) but nothing in there that I wouldn't feed. Good variety of proteins, but i would like a clearer breakdown of exactly what goes into the food percentage wise.
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Mom is 3.5lbs and Dad is 3lbs so I'm thinking max 3.5?

The other option is Bold Raw which is boldraw dot com. They have 5oz patties and a variety back that I can get that has Chicken Turkey and Duck or Beef that is an option. Do you think their composition is better?

I seen the veg etc in Pets4Life and I thought slightly too high as well but it's not horrible.

So if you get a chance can you peek at Bold Raw and let me know between the two which one YOU think is better.
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