barf wif pups?

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barf wif pups?

Postby elizer » Sat Aug 21, 2004 10:06 am

i get my puppy tomorrow he wil be 7 and a half weeks old.
i plan on puting him on the barf diet. what age do yout hink i shoul start?
i plan on mixing some of the regular dog food he gets now with some raw meat until his stomach can handle it.
do you think it is too early for a little bit of yogurt to be added to his food?
also is it too early for him to start on chicken necks or bones?
i thought it might be a good idea to start chicken necks early because since they are smaller they wlil take longer to chew up the bones, and it will teach him to chew the bones instead of hogging them down.

Thansk in advance

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Postby HugABull1 » Sat Aug 21, 2004 10:32 am

If he's on solid food, it's not too early too start. I started Gage on full BARF at about 9-10 weeks, when we realized he was allergic to all grains.

One important thing - don't mix kibble and raw meat. Kibble takes longer to digest, so if you feed them together, the meat may stay in his digestive tract longer than it normally would, which makes him more vulnerable to food poisoning (salmonella, etc.). Instead, have two of his meals be kibble, and the other be BARF.

Chicken necks or chicken wings are a great place to start. It's recommended to start with just chicken, until he's fully on BARF, then slowly add things in. Easier on their tummies I guess. Personally, I went pretty much full tilt right away - although I didn't add many different veggies at first. Make sure when you feed the necks and wings that they are fully thawed, and, depending on your pup, you may need to hold onto one end, forcing him to chew so he doesn't swallow it whole and choke, or get a tummy ache. Gage would swallow whole necks, and then I could feel them in his stomach - it was gross and pretty freaky. Some pups aren't too sure about chewing, you may need to grind things up at first.

Also, an easy place to make a mistake is that most BARF websites just tell you to feed the dog 2% of it's body weight - puppies need up to 10% of their body weight. With a 7 week old pup, I would start at 8-10 percent of his body weight (once he's on full BARF, when it's only one meal, I'd feed a third of that, when it's two meals, two thirds of that, etc.), pay attention to his weight and how he looks, and adjust from there. It's important to weigh him once a week, and adjust his food accordingly, as they grow so fast!

As for starting yogurt, depends on the pup. I'd give it a try, and as long as it doesn't upset his tummy - great! Also, you may wish to add a bit of grated ginger, it's great for digestion, and helps their breath smell nice :)

Hope that helps!!!


Postby elizer » Sat Aug 21, 2004 11:26 am

awesome thanks for the info.
ill be doing some shopping tomorrow!


Postby tuesdaysmom » Sun Aug 22, 2004 5:27 pm

Great site about barf and you can start as early as eight weeks, good for you for picking such a great diet!

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