Can I feed my puppy a raw diet?
Simple answer? Yes. Puppies can start eating a raw diet as soon as they’ve been weaned off of their mother’s milk (following the raw weaning method). But even if the breeder or rescue centre hasn’t started on raw, you can start them on a well-balanced raw food diet from 8+ weeks old.
Puppies need both the right type, and the right amount of food during their development, so it’s important to avoid poor feeding practices whilst puppies are growing to avoid skeletal problems.
But what about the bones?
We’ve all been told that bones are dangerous and of course, dogs should always be supervised when given larger bones. However, unlike cooked bones which splinter, raw bones are chewy and can be easily broken down by puppy’s teeth. One of the many benefits of a raw diet is that bone (especially raw ground bone) can act as a gentle abrasive when chewed, helping to remove debris stuck on teeth and generally keep them sparkly clean.
How much should I feed my puppy?
It’s important not to under-feed or over-feed puppies. Research indicates that overfeeding puppies (particularly large and giant breeds) can predispose them to muscle and bone problems. If you need to know how much raw food you should be feeding your dog, check out our Feeding Guide.
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