It can be daunting getting your first puppy, or maybe you haven’t had one for quite sometime! But we are here to help and there's lots of internet resources that can guide you along the way.
It's important we are insuring the pup is getting enough to eat, it can be surprising how much a puppy actually needs per day. Here's a couple ways to work out roughly what your puppy will be needing to eat...
By age and percentage of body weight:
8-10 weeks = 10% of body weight
10-16 weeks = 8% of body weight
16-20 weeks = 7% of body weight
20-24 weeks = 6% of body weight
24-36 weeks = 5% of body weight
36-56 weeks = 4% of body weight
56-68 weeks = 3% of body weight
68 weeks or older we generally recommend 2.5-3% of the dogs body weight.
The link below provides a calculator to work out how much your dog needs per day and week on a raw diet.
It's important to keep track of your dogs weight by weighing them on a regular basis and recalculating on a weekly basis.
Feed 2-3% of expected adult body weight:
You should feed 2-3% of the expected adult weight. This can be done by taking mum and dads body weight into account, if they are smaller or larger of the average size of the breed. If you are unsure follow the method above.
The numbers provided are a guide and your dog may require more or less food depending on a number of factors including exercise levels. Adjust accordingly, if your dog is too thin up the meal sizes or too large decrease the meal size.
It is also very important to track your pups exercise levels as puppies growth plates are not fully developed which may lead to a higher risk of injury if over exercised.
Here's a link exploring Puppy Exercise Guidelines:
We recommend our BARF range for puppies. Specifically, we recommend proteins with a higher fat content such as Chicken, Turkey, Beef and Lamb to support the growth puppies undertake. Ideally the more proteins that can be incorporated the better, as this overs a wider and varied diet.
Including supplements such as the bone broth (joint support), greek yogurt or kefir (probiotic support) is a great idea too but within moderation.