Feeding a balanced raw diet can add happy healthy years to your puppy's life. However, feeding an unbalanced raw diet can be more dangerous than feeding a cheap kibble. By following a few simple guidelines it is easy to get the perfect balance for your individual puppy.
*No doggie odor
*Beautiful skin and coat
*Less health problems
My goal in feeding a balanced raw diet is to provide at least five different proteins throughout the week. For example, I would feed five of the following depending on what was available at that time; beef, goat, lamb, venison, bison, chicken, turkey, duck, goose, quail, rabbit, and fish. I try to feed approximately 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, and 5% other organs. I like to feed a meaty bone in the morning and a boneless meal at night. I will add some extras like whole eggs, canned pumpkin, and a veggie mix. Occasionally I will add krill oil, coconut oil, powdered kelp, probiotics, and enzymes.
This picture shows an example of a meaty bone meal (chicken quarters). I also added some canned pumpkin and a little bit of kelp powder.
This picture shows a meaty meal consisting of (lamb chunks), bone (duck feet), and a whole egg. In the smaller bowls there are rabbit legs for some of my smaller dogs.
This is a meaty bone meal (rabbit), with whole egg, and veggie mix.
In this picture I have an example of a boneless beef meal. (tripe, heart, kidney) I have also added a whole raw egg and some canned pumpkin.
Letting your dog get over weight especially while he/she is still growing can put strain on the growing bones and joints. This could potentially cause hip dysplasia and/or elbow dysplasia even if the puppy comes from a great blood line that has no history of dysplasia. It can also put stress on their organs potentially causing life threatening problems with their heart, thyroid, or pancreas just to name a few.
Keeping your dog at a ideal body weight will allow his/her body to function the way it is meant to.
It will also allow your dog to live a longer, happier, more fulfilling life.
You should be able to easily feel ribs but when you run your hand over their back they should not feel spiny.
:NOTE It is better for a dog to be slightly under weight than over weight.
If you can see your dogs ribs and hip bones he/she is under weight.
This can put strain on hes/her organs and his/her body may try pulling nutrition from his/her muscles and bones to try to survive.
If you have increased his/her calories and he/she has not gained weight there may be something not working properly and you should seek advice from a reputable vet.
Please note we are not veterinarians.
The information we provide is based on our experience and knowledge, and is intended to help our puppy owners provide the best possible life for their Goldens .
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Please consult with your veterinarian before practicing our information.