Feeding puppies raw food is the best thing you can do to ensure a long and healthy life from the beginning! A complete & balanced life stage specific raw diet will provide your puppy with all the beneficial nutrients they need for their high energy demands and growing body. Feeding a fresh diet will also avoid the negative effects of kibble which can lead to illness, infection, disease, allergies and more.
We discuss in more detail about the negative effects of kibble in out following blogs:
With this being 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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Can I Feed My Puppy Raw Food?
Nutrition is important for a healthy and long life. Good nutrition comes from good food and one of the best puppy food you can feed is raw puppy food!
Like adult dogs, puppies can eat raw dog food and enjoy all the benefits raw dog food has to offer. However, regular adult dog food lacks the extra nutrition a puppy needs. The best raw food you can feed a puppy is a formula made to target those extra nutritional needs like Cali Raw.
Is Raw Dog Food Good For Puppies?
Raw food for puppies allows them to develop a strong and healthy immune system from the beginning. Just like how adult dogs benefit from raw dog food, puppies do too.
When you're looking for puppy food, make sure that the extra nutrients puppies need that regular adult dog food doesn't have.
Read More: Food For Optimal Puppy Health
What Is The Best Raw Food For Puppies?
Compared to adult dogs, puppies need a lot more nutrition because their bodies are still developing. Dog food labeled as lifestage appropriate will most likely not have those extra nutrients. To ensure that your young puppy will grow healthy and strong, you can add supplements or choose raw food that has everything your pup needs!
Luckily for you, we can save you from going off to search puppy food that your new family member needs! Our raw dog food line includes Raw Puppy Food. Our founder and formulator worked together to create a formula that will satisfy every nutritional need. Pst, they're even AAFCO approved.
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?
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.
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.
Hear More About It:Why Cali Raw | Podcast
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
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 tips: Transition to Raw Food Guide.
Phase 3: Then you can advance to 80% raw dog food & 20% old dog food for another 3-5 days.
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!