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, or rabbit. I try to feed approximately 75% muscle meat, 5% heart, 10% bone, 5% liver, and 5% other organs. Some dogs do well with adding veggies. I like to add a farm fresh egg including the shell at least three times a week. I will add fish oil and kelp powder 3 times a week. I always keep probiotics, and enzymes on hand and add them whenever I introduce a new protein, whenever we are traveling, whenever there is a tummy upset or whenever I have to give any medication.
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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