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We are bringing our puppy home in 2 weeks and we want to feed him the Raw Food Diet. Has anyone here done it or is doing it?
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)
Yep. Is there something you need to know? I will say though be VERY careful doing raw for a pup, you can VERY VERY VERY easily not give enough calcium and phosphorus in those extremely formative years. I typically recommend to people to do a high quality kibble for the first year of life and then to transition to raw after that. If he's an actual puppy puppy I'd highly encourage you to get with an animal nutritionist to make sure your ratios are acceptable for a growing pup and skeletal structure.
I believe the program is called BARF. I have heard that you should research it ALOT and make sure you implement it correctly. Apparently there is a way to do it right. It is really good for them but you have to do it right. There are lots of books about it.
The Ultimate diet-Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats, by Kymythy R Schultze A.H.I. (An easy to read and follow guide).
Give your Dog a Bone, by Dr. Ian Billinghurst (considered the father of BARF)
Grow Your Pups With Bones, by Dr. Ian Billinghurst (as the name implies, this sequel to give your dog a bone is about raising puppies on BARF).
I am just learning about the raw diets. Good to know there is more than one option. It is something I think that takes a lot of research to ensure you don't miss an important vitamin.
Let us know what you decide.