Hi, I am getting my first dog in a week and plan to feed it raw. He's a tricolor sheltie. I was just wondering if I can go raw right away, he is on a crappy kibble right now at the breeder's.
Yes, you can feed a puppy a prey model raw diet. I know many breeders that wean their pups directly to raw. You can feed them most anything once the short introduction period is over. The only bones you need to worry about is weight bearing bones of LARGE animals such as cows, buffalo, etc. All poultry bones are fine.Hi, I am getting my first dog in a week and plan to feed it raw. He's a tricolor sheltie. I was just wondering if I can go raw right away, he is on a crappy kibble right now at the breeder's.
Hi Natalie,Then offer a meal of bone in chicken wings or drumsticks, stripped of all fat and skin that has been smashed up well with a kitchen hammer. Bone pieces should be small.
Don't offer another another meal until the next day.
That next day, offer another meal of chicken like you did the first meal. Do this about three times that day. Don't give anything else at all other than water.
Repeat this way of feeding (adding in a meal or two if needed depending on body weight) for the next few days to a week. Keep an eye on bowel movements. They should be firm and normal. If you see any loose stool continue this feeding schedule for another few days.
Once you get to this point, we will go on from there with what to do next.
Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck!
ok, can't risk the pet mince ... I'm nervous enough as it is.What I suggest you do is feed nothing but bone in chicken for at least a week. Keep an eye out on stools and make sure he isn't getting diarrhea. Chicken frames are a great thing to start out with, but I would trim fat, skin and organ off of them to make the transition easier. You may also want to whack the frames with a kitchen mallet or hammer to help break up the bones a bit for him.
It's hard for me to have an opinion on the mince the breeder gave you because I know nothing about it. What's in it? Whets the nutritional breakdown? I can say right off the bat that I personally don't care much for blended mixes you can get from butchers because they usually don't cover all the bases for a well rounded prey model raw diet.
Hi Natalie,I answered this question in the other thread...but again I wouldn't worry at this point. He hasn't gotten all that much to eat in the past few days and since dogs utilize more of the food they eat they poo less.
Since he isn't straining and acting normal there's not much to be concerned with just yet.
Keep me posted please!