what would you feed a newly weened pup 8 or 9 wks old to start? Or when would you start?
No transition. Don't even buy any kibble. Just stock up on chicken quarters and/or bone-in chicken breasts. Read the labels, nothing enhanced. Sodium less than 100mg per serving. Plain ol chicken. You will do chicken for several days and then you can move on to beef, pork, lamb, turkey, bison, rabbit... whatever you can find and variety is key.The pup is a lab, don't have her yet, but I'm sure that they will be feeding her kibble when I get her.
So no transition period right just go....
Chicken quarters MAY be a little large for an 8 week old lab. To be honest, It's been a while since I've seen an 8 week old lab so I'm not quite sure what their size is. You might want to use backs, wings, and necks the first couple of weeks. Just be sure he is small enought that he will have to chew those items before he swallows them. Remember that you will want to feed your pup 3 or 4 meals a day for the first couple of months.No transition. Don't even buy any kibble. Just stock up on chicken quarters and/or bone-in chicken breasts.
I haven't seen any creditable evidence that enhanced chicken is detrimental in any way. It may be or may not be. I know I have fed my dogs a lot of enhanced chicken over the years with no noticable harm to them.Read the labels, nothing enhanced. Sodium less than 100mg per serving. Plain ol chicken. You will do chicken for several days and then you can move on to beef, pork, lamb, turkey, bison, rabbit... whatever you can find and variety is key.
I think you meant for the first "organ" to read "liver". What you just quoted is the mantra of the people on the yahoo rawfeeding list and maybe a few other lists. In the real world, exact ratio's are not critical. Feed mostly meat, some bone, and some organs and you will be find. Exact percentages just don't matter.Keep your ratios at 80% meat, 10% bone, 5% organ and 5% other organs (spleen, pancreas, kidney, brain, reproductive organs, etc.)
Exactly!! :smile:Puppies are very adaptable. No need to slowly ease into it with babies. They adjust very quickly.
Enhanced means the meat has been soaked in or injected with a brine solution of salt, water, and sometimes other additives (spices usually).Is enhanced only sodium added or is there other things. I know that they pack with some water....?
Not balanced according to who? What does balanced mean? How was balance decided? Unhealthy in what way? What will the symptoms be? How will you know that you feed an unbalanced diet to your dog? How do you measure bone content? How do you measure organ content? What is unbalanced about a chicken breast?The worst thing people can do when starting out is not to care about ratios and just throw down a chicken breast and call it good. That's not balanced and very unhealthy.
What authority says it is ideal? What happens if you miss the ideal?The 80/10/5/5 is ideal, but it is a good goal to strive for.