Suggested Diet for Puppies
Roughly 20-30% Raw meaty bones, 50-60% raw meat and 20% vegetables. Leave down for up to 15 minutes. No food is to be left down all day. No grains or cereals – no commercial dried food.
At 6 weeks of age feed 3x daily, at 6 months feed 2 x daily. Feed 5-10% of their body weight spread over the daily meals, the higher end when having growth spurts.
Meat 50-60% of meal
Minced - Rabbit, Goat, Chicken, Duck (give a mix of meats over a week to ensure your pet receives a good balance of minerals, vitamins, fats and amino acids) Check the minced meat includes ground bone/bone meal to ensure calcium and phosphorus is included
Organ meat 5%- 10% of total food (often organ meat is included in shop brought food)
Green Tripe – good source of probiotics. Feed once a week
Raw fish (boneless) or canned in spring water
Vegetables 20% of meal
Steamed and mashed (a 20-30% of meal) Vegetables help gut health, supplies additional vitamins and minerals, especially green vegetables, pumpkin, kumera, carrots, alfalfa sprouts
No: silverbeet juice (high in oxalic acid), onion, corn cobs.
Raw Meaty Bones 20-30% of meal
Raw meaty bones e.g. chicken necks/wings, duck necks. Feed raw only, Feed appropriate size for breed, supervise feeding.
No beef, canon bones or rawhide chews. Raw meaty bones supply the calcium and phosphorus growing puppies need and clean their teeth!
Tip for the young ones – smash the pieces with a hammer first to help them get started
Good quality hard biscuit
2-3 times a week – goat’s milk, raw organic egg, cottage cheese
Flee Flea, nutritional supplement see products page (No commercial flea products)
Grated carrot, crushed pumpkin seed help keep intestinal worms away
If any health issues they will need to be discussed for additional requirements
Fresh water should be available 24 hours a day. See common misconceptions for notes about milk
*Tip: Keep raw meat frozen and only thaw what is needed for that day. Ensure preparation surfaces and food bowls are thoroughly cleaned after every meal. No plastic food or water bowls.
Dogs lose the ability to digest milk as they cannot digest the lactose found in cow’s milk. Fresh water is the recommended ‘drink’. Exceptions may be senior dogs that require additional protein or very young not getting mother’s milk. In these cases goat’s milk is tolerated by most dogs.
Raw Food Safety
I have heard that some vet clinics are advising clients not to feed raw meat. One of the reasons they give is the risk of food poisoning to either the owner or the pet. This is only a possibility if basic food hygiene is not followed. The raw pet food manufacturers have strict regulations from Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to follow, the same as human food manufacturers. To help minimise the possibility of an infection it is best to freeze meat for at least 24 hours prior to feeding. Only defrost enough for each day’s meals. Thoroughly wash all food preparation surfaces and food bowls after every meal. Use ceramic or stainless steel food and water bowls not plastic as plastic can harbor bacteria. This is no different to what we humans do when preparing our own meat meals.