Changing your puppy to a raw diet
YES you can ween puppies as early as 4 weeks onto Pawsome Raw
A Healthy Pup
Starting your puppy on a raw diet requires two changes to the typical raw feeding requirements for adult dogs. They require more food and more meals throughout the day to sustain a healthy growth period – that’s it!
Monitoring a growing puppy’s body condition is crucial. This is the best way to determine if your puppy is eating too much, or not enough. Puppies can eat raw food just like an adult can, no matter the age or breed.
Proper nutrition when feeding a growing puppy is very important to ensure your puppy grows as healthy as possible. Slow growth is best for a puppy, contrary to popular belief. On average, people tend to want their puppies to grow fast into the biggest and healthiest puppy around, but this is the opposite of what you should do. Bone disorders begin in puppyhood and providing a balanced raw diet allows the puppy to grow slowly which ultimately avoids bone and joint issues.
A Balanced Diet
Feeding a RAW diet especially Pawsome Raw is a great way to provide a diet balanced in calcium and phosphorous.
Puppies require higher maintenance percentages than adult dogs. Additionally, puppies should be fed more frequently throughout the day.
Although a puppy’s maintenance percentages and feeding frequencies are higher than an adult dog’s requirements, the recommended percentages for muscle meat, raw meaty bones, organs, and fruit/veggies remain the same.
If your puppy doesn’t eat all the food, that’s ok – weigh what is remaining and save to feed at the next feeding. If meals are continuously not being finished, you’ll need to decrease the percentage you’re feeding. It is important to keep a close eye on the puppy’s body condition during this period.
These are starting guidelines
Percentages and feeding schedules may need to be adjusted depending on the puppy’s requirements.