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Raw Feeding((plz only post if exp in this)) -- Novices need to know HOW

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Okay. I was swayed to Raw Fed Diet. ((thanks again marsha, :wink:))

Marsha told me of a website, i went, and loved what i read, and **miracle of miracles** managed to convience one of my best friends(who owns an akita, older 12yrs) into trying raw with her 'n his mother's 2 shitzu's... Our problem...

My puppy is 4months, his is 12yrs, and he's responsible for 2 tiny shitzu's... We are going to start with chicken as its easier to access and cheaper by far for us.

Our delimna. How do we go about it? how much? what should all be in it for the first time meal in respect of each of our dogs(the shitzu's are 1yr 'n 3yrs).

We are complete novice and want to find all this out before attempting the change over. ((gradual change over that is, lol))

Basically... we need to know exactly what to feed and how much to feed.
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please read those sites and then read them again.

usually, during transition, and i don't mean to be harsh, the biggest hurdle is user error....i'm one of those people who followed a generic website...the two above were not it.....thank goodness.

and my dogs did exactly what overfed dogs do.....they got liquid stools, cannon butt and colitis...which is nothing more than an irritated colon....not good for an owner...and not good for a dog.

so less is more in the beginning, even with a puppy and a little heavier on bone to help with this new way of digesting....

if you don't know exactly what this pup is going to weigh, then err on the lesser side of potential weight....

so 1.5% of ideal adult weight....is 21.6 ounces, roughly 22 ounces.

that is the starting point i would do.

if puppy gets hunger pukes, increase slowly the amount you feed.

start with chicken, as it is the most nutritionally benign....

but read first...read a lot....and then read some more.

raw is the best way to feed, imho....but it takes some research..and whilst there is more than one way to feed a dog raw.....there are many ways to screw it up...i'm living proof of that one.

but, now it's two years and my dogs are wonderful, even my old lady. so it's worth whatever happens...and there are always people around to help.
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