Raw Puppy Food Feeding Guide

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Looking for the best puppy food to give your new family member?  Raw puppy food is the best thing you can feed to ensure strong development of their immune system, eyes, brain & more! A complete & balanced raw diet for puppies will provide your puppy with all the greatest bioavailability of essential nutrients. Feeding a fresh raw diet will also prevent the negative effects of processed pet foods like kibble, which contribute to chronic illness, infection, disease, allergies and more.
We discuss in more detail about the negative effects of kibble in out following blogs:
With this said, there are a few things to keep in mind to be sure your puppy is on the right track to enhanced health and optimal nutrition!

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What Is The Best Puppy Food? 

Feeding your puppy a healthy diet is one of the best ways to ensure that they'll grow to be strong and healthy. The best puppy food will be complete & balanced, made with high-quality ingredients, and biologically appropriate.

Puppies have different nutritional needs than an adult dog, feeding a puppy formal is very important. Adult dog food will lack the extra nutrition your growing pup needs.

Cali Raw is a trusted BARF diet dog food that offers the best raw puppy food formulated by our expert animal diet formulator, James Pendergast. They are made for your puppy's optimal health and target their specific nutritional needs. 


Is Raw Dog Food Good For Puppies? 

In the same way that adult dogs benefit from raw dog food, puppies do too. A raw diet for puppies is not only biologically appropriate but also free from fillers and preservatives. Feeding them a healthy puppy food early on will help them to develop strong and healthy immune system!


What Is The Best Raw Food For Puppies? 

Compared to adult dogs, puppies need more nutrition for their developing bones, organs, brain, eyes and more. Dog food labeled as all life-stage appropriate will most likely not have those added nutrients puppies need. To ensure that your young puppy will grow healthy and strong, you can choose raw food that has everything your pup needs! 

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How Early Can Puppies Eat Raw Dog Food?

As early as possible!

Puppies can eat raw food once they have weaned off their mother and are ready to eat solid food. We have Puppy Formula formulated for puppies 8 weeks to 12 months of age, and up to 14 months for large breeds.

For puppies under the age of 16 weeks: we recommend lightly cooking the formula. The earlier you start your puppy on a fresh raw diet, the more they will benefit in the long run!

How Much Raw Puppy Food Should I Feed?

It is very important to make sure you are feeding your puppy the appropriate amount. Remember, you should be feeding based on their predicted adult weight, not current puppy weight. We suggest feeding your puppy approximately 2.5% of their predicted/ideal adult body weight, adjusting the exact amount according to how your puppy develops. At the right weight, you should be able to feel his ribs but not see them.

Calculate Feeding Amount: Raw Feeding Calculator


How Often Should I Feed My Puppy?

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Puppies are different than adult dogs! Puppies need to eat frequently throughout the day to meet their high energy demands as well as giving them the essential nutrients needed for their growth process. This amount will vary according to their life stage, feeding more frequently when they are very young.

Depending on their age, their frequency differ:  

  • Up to three months old (up to 12 weeks): you can feed your dog as many as four times a day.
  • Three to six months old (12-16 weeks): reduce to three times a day
  • After 6 months(24+ weeks): you can start giving him just two meals a day

Puppies on a raw food diet are less likely to be obese than puppies eating kibble. However, it is still important to monitor your puppy’s weight. Equally, you need to avoid your puppy eating too little and becoming malnourished.


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What Is The Best Puppy Food?

One of the most important choices you will make when adding a new member, like a puppy, to your family is deciding what diet to feed them. Feeding your puppy the right food will make a big difference in their growth and health. That is why raw food for puppies will be the best and healthiest dog food you can offer.

Why Is Cali Raw´s Puppy Food The Best?

At Cali Raw Nutrition we believe in feeding food that is optimized to meet your dog’s specific nutritional needs, for their current life-stage. With this being said, we recommend feeding your puppy our complete & balanced Puppy Formula specifically formulated for the needs of your developing young puppy under 12 months of age. 

Our Puppy Formula is AAFCO approved!  They have increased Fatty Acids EPA & DHA from Salmon Oil to assist in brain development and improve cognitive learning skills. It also has ideal Calcium Levels with a Calcium:Phosphorous ratio of 1.4:1. In addition, our Puppy Formula has enhanced antioxidants and vitamins to help with improved immune response to vaccinations and immune stimulation. Lastly, added L-Carnitine helps burn fat more efficiently and increases bone mass and bone density. All of these formulations are specific to the Puppy Formula and will assist with strengthening your puppies immune system, building a healthy gut, and meet their growing needs. 

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Our Puppy Formula is specifically formulated for the nutritional demands of your growing puppy, including the growth of large breed dogs (dogs greater than 70 lbs. as adults).  Our growth formulas have been formulated to meet the increased nutritional requirements of puppies as there is no more critical time to ensure proper nutrition, optimizing growth, minimizing obesity and avoiding developmental orthopedic diseases (large breed dogs), ensuring a healthy, long lived, adult dog. This is accomplished by preventing nutritional deficiencies or excess, as imbalances during this period are more detrimental than at any other period of your dog’s life. All ingredients in our Puppy Formulas are human grade! If it isn't good enough for us, it isn't good enough for your puppy!

Check out our ingredients: Cali Raw Ingredients 

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Transition Process From Old Food

Since puppies don’t have the long term negative effects of a processed diet, they are likely to adjust to their new diet much quicker than adult dogs. Puppies have a healthier digestive system, making the transition process much smoother. If you are transitioning your puppy to a raw diet for the first time, we still recommend doing so slowly and gradually just like adult dogs, but know it may take a few days instead of a few weeks.

For more tipsTransition to Raw Food Guide.

Phase 1: Begin the transition by first feeding 20% of raw dog food & 80% of the old food for 3-5 days.
Phase 2: Next, move onto 50% raw dog food & 50% old dog food for another 3-5 days.
Phase 3: Then you can advance to 80% raw dog food & 20% old dog food for another 3-5 days. 
Phase 4: Finally, feeding 100% raw dog food! 
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Can You Feed Your Puppy Raw Bones?

Raw bones are safe for puppies when they are 6 months old — just make sure you monitor at all times. For puppies under 6 months old, raw bones are too hard and can damage your puppies teeth.

In the beginning, stick with soft bones, like chicken and duck wings. After a few weeks, transition to turkey and duck necks. Once your puppy has their adult teeth, you can give knuckle and marrow bones.


Feeding your puppy raw bones will offer them mental stimulation, gentle exercise, and dental health benefits. As your puppy gets older and loses their baby teeth, raw bones can act as a natural toothbrush for their adult teeth!

 Read more on our blog: Safe Bones for Your Dog

Now that you know everything necessary to start your puppy on a raw diet, follow these guidelines to ensure that your puppy gains the maximum nutritional benefits! Remember, starting your new puppy on a raw diet is the very best thing you can do for their health. They won't have the long term negative effects of a processed diet, and will benefit immensely. Your new puppy will thank you!

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