Raw and fresh food is the best choice you can make to give your puppy the most healthy start in his new life. If your pup has started on a dry diet of kibble it is fine to change over immediately. Most pups know what is good for them and are keen to eat a raw fresh diet. At barkinBISTRO we have a large range of complete raw foods to suit each and every pup, plus a DIY range if you wish to do it that way.
Your pup does not need “Puppy Food” – this is just a marketing tool to make money! In a natural environment the mother would re-gurgitate her food and that would be what your pup would eat. Some producers of fresh raw diets make “Puppy Food” which is a finer blend and more like pate, at barkinBISTRO we do not believe this is necessary even with miniature breeds. Our foods are balanced and with a large variety should offer all your pup needs to grow and develop correctly.
- Changing over immediately is safe and we do not recommend mixing dry and wet foods.
- Start with a single protein source, for example chicken and use this for a week, if there are no signs of stomach upset and all looks well, give your pup a second protein source such as turkey.
- Having some tripe available that can be mixed in with the food if your pup has any digestive/stomach problems is always sensible. Read more about the benefits of Tripe here.
- Adding fresh raw meaty bones to your pup’s diet is great in balancing calcium and phosphorous which is essential for your pups growth. Our necks and ribs are a great choice here and we are always happy to help and advise.
- Feed approximately 5-6% of your pups bodyweight per day – every pup is different and remember that puppies have growth spurts, so may need more or less at certain times.
- Feed your new puppy three times per day until he is about 6 months old, then reduce to twice per day.
- Once your pup is an adult it is your choice whether to feed once or twice per day, some pups need 2 meals per day and others are fine on one.
When starting to give your pup bones, make sure you hold them so your pup learns that bones should be chewed and not swallowed! Never leave your pup alone with a bone.
Remember not to give too many treats as some pups will wait for treats rather than eat their food – think of a child and sweets – we all know what they would prefer! Limiting organ treats such as liver in the early days is advised as some pups can loose poops if given too many organ meats, our dried lung treat is an excellent choice to start with.
Treats are excellent for training your pup too, try giving small pieces as a reward for good behaviour.
Last and by no means least, always make sure your pup has plenty of clean, fresh water.