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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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Do not feed the sausage or any seasoned/smoked meats.

Start with chicken. I would do one protein to start and over time, gradually introduce more. Most advise to do organs last. My dogs have iron guts though and took to it pretty quickly.

Cut bones and weight bearing bones (like a cow leg) are dangerous and should not be fed. Other bones are fine.

As far as how much to feed, that depends on the dog. For a growing puppy I believe you can either feed 2-3% of its ideal adult weight or 10% of its current weight. I would start with less that that until your dog has transitioned. Take it from someone who fed too much in the beginning. You are just asking for puke everywhere.

How do you know if your amounts are right? Just look at your dog. Ribs sticking out? Feed a little more. Can't feel the ribs? Cut back a little. It should have a tuckup (the part of the belly that meets the inbetween leg area should slope up. If it doesn't and the belly hangs, the dog needs to lose some weight.

I would caution against too much ground meat. Unless the dog has no teeth or a medical condition, its best to work the jaws and teeth on raw meaty bones. Also, ground will have more bacteria. Which isn't to say that a dog can not handle the bacteria load, but its your puppy and your call :)

Good luck. If you have any questions, I am willing to help you.
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