WE HAVE CHOSEN TO FEED
our Japanese Chin RAW
and this means you
should continue to feed a quality:
!! RAW !!
Your puppy was weaned onto RAW food from "RAWDOGFEED"
Click on the Blue link above, to find out where to purchase, in Ontario, Canada
Puppies at 3-4 months should be fed 2-3 times a day.
Puppies 6 months and older can be fed 2 times a day.
Adult dogs 1 year and older can be fed once or twice a day,
depending on what works for that particular dog.
Keep in mind, most bones, will be counted as a meal.
In Canada these are the Companies I would recommend:
Raw Ground with Organ (no fruit or veggie added)
Toy breeders will usually leave Kibble down 24/7.
So when I raised my pups I did just that.
They had Royal Canin X-Small Puppy Dry Dog Food 24/7
and then were offered RAW 3-4x a day. WELL they made the choice
and LOVED THE RAW and would only nibble on the kibble.
Much preferring RAW diet.
My adults ONLY eat RAW (no kibble) so their teeth will never get
tartar build up from kibble feeding and their coats come in gorgeous.
I would also highly reccomend always having
Nutri-Stat or Nutri-Cal to have on hand to give puppy
should you find them in distress from low blood sugar. Knock on wood, we have never experienced this.
I believe that our always having a routine
and feeding our Chin, easy to digest RAW
feeding same time each day (including holidays)
Putting them in their cage or Pen, for naps and feeding
have aided them to focus on task at hand of eating.
Crate/pen training, also enabled them, to not experience
seperation anxiety or undo stressors,
associated with GI upset or eating upsets.
IF you wish to offer Kibble we reccomend EITHER
Royal Canin X-Small Puppy Dry Dog Food or Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Puppy Toy Breed
Chicken & Rice Formula Dry Puppy Food
and still offer the RAW and or RAW bones.
Edible bones, which are the non weight bearing bones of animals or poultry.
RAW bones, like "Ribletts" or "chicken necks", "chicken toes", Pig Tails
will help puppy's adult teeth come in, and help tire puppy out.
REMEMBER: your food will need to be:
80% meat, 10% bone, 5% excreting Organ meat, 5% Liver
NO Veggies, NO Fruits
(Most dogs do NOT enjoy the RAW Seafood blends)
I will leave my RAW, out all day in my cool home, until they eat it.
However, you can remove, until the next meal time and offer again.
Some say feeding "beef" can cause some tear staining,
so if you notice this, then switch to a different protein.
Licking feet will cause red feet staining. Spraying 2x a day with "Eye Envy, Beard Stain Remover Spray"
available at Wheatley Wares(for ALL your grooming needs)
will help eliminate this staining.
When I first got "Yuna" she would only eat Rabbit.
Today, I have no picky eaters, though each seem to
prefer a different time of day to eat.
My Chin, get RAW bone in the morning
and a serving of RAW in the afternoon
that remains available to them, the entire day.
Of course they believe they are sneaking the
Proplan kibble that I leave out 24/7 for the Poodles.
!! WATCH a documentary on Kibble !!!
First, let me say that I have fed kibble since 1980's
and had many Champions and no issues with kibble until the last decade.
Things change and I guess, so did the kibble industry.
So I had to change too.
I have chosen RAW because so many dogs were getting ill on kibble.
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), Thyroid issues (Hyperthyroidism),
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
So many food recalls, kibble with poison or medical waste in them too.
(Grain Free diet, Causes Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM))
Feeding RAW (with NO VEGGIES OR FRUIT) will also help to avoid Bloat and Megaesophagus
(which is caused by eating Kibble).
OK... feeding RAW can be as simple, or confusing as you make it.
Easiest way, is to give them a RAW food quality formulated premixed patty.
Just give them a patty left with them in their cage/pen until it is gone.
Some Chin will leave it there for a few hours before eating, no worries, just leave it.
"google" RAW dog food suppliers near you now, before puppy comes home.
Myself I google "cheapest RAW food near _______" and see what comes up.
AND join or search through a RAW DOG FOOD group for your state or city on Facebook !!
Many times a local facebook group will share the best place to find quality RAW food for you.
Usually within 30 minutes I find a couple suppliers, for food under $4.00/lbs and you can to !
NEVER RAW FROM PETSMART or KIBBLE companies
new to the RAW movement, because they will all have a ton
of additives and chemicals, in their RAW, to extend shelf life.
Best from a local maker, that blends correctly (not too much fat content or will inflame pancreas)
or a local Butcher that will do up a blend for you in bulk for cheap.
The Basics: What do I feed, how often, and how much?
How much to feed: I feed 1/4 lbs and adjust up or down according to the dog's body weight.
The RAW company you purchase from will also have a food calculator to use.
**Amounts for adults and puppies should always be adjusted
based on body condition. This is just a general guideline**
(Congo RAW food comes in a box, just like frozen human hamburg patties )
If you buy prepackaged, prepared frozen RAW patties OR
there is Freeze Dried RAW, in which you add hot water and mix
that is pretty easy, to feed pups 2x a day or ideally 3x a day as a puppy.
Frozen or Freeze Dried, the companies have the
nutritional balance, all figured it all out for you. But is pricier.
*DO NOT FEED Dehydrated Food
as nutritional content is compromised.
Do not ask me about food options in person
as even I need to refer to this web page.
My dog gobbles like he is starving
Dogs will gulp RAW up usually within 5 minutes or less, DONE.
DON'T WORRY they are not starving, this is normal, for dogs eating good food.
Myself if a puppy is lean, I FEED MORE each meal.
What should I add to my puppies food
Nothing, if you are feeding and rotating RAW diet
your puppy will not want for anything nutritionally.
You could get runny or mucas poops if you add anything into their food.
Lots of people add Salmon oil, be careful as goes bad fast and You won't notice.
However, feeding Frozen Sardines (source of taurine), Chicken Feet (cut toes for them)
Riblet, chicken necks, as a meal, will help tire puppy out and aid
with teething. I give my kids frozen "bones" every morning.
My puppy has Food allergies
OK stop and think about it.
What, and how many diseases, have you chosen to inject into your puppy (ie vaccines) ?
Are you giving or applying flea/tick/heart worm pesticides ?
(NEVER EVER give oral flea/tick poisons, dogs die on that)
if you answered yes, you are poisoning your dog with pesticides and you believe
instead, that it is the "food" causing issues ? REALLY ?
Well, lets go with that thought. Try Feeding a different protein one without feathers
ie not poultry and no eggs and see if you get an improvement in 6-8 weeks time.
Choices would be beef, pork, venison, rabbit, anything without feathers.
DO NOT believe the vet and go on their junk food diets $$ and pills $$ that totally
ruin a dog's GI system, and the problem will now snowball until they send you to a specialist
and or recommend doing a GI biopsy which "surprise" shows inflamed bowel (well duh).
Then you will wish to return the dog to me
I shake my head that my advise was ignored
I take it off ALL the medications and kibble and crap the Vet had them on
put the dog on RAW, and we have no more problems. Been there had this happen 2x now !
My puppy has weird Poop
When switching to "your", RAW diet, expect wonky mucous poops
for 2-7 days while puppy gets adjusted to your food.
Especially if you have chosen a food that has Veggie and or Fruits in it.
My dogs and pups have never had that. AND you also can't resist and have
been giving puppy TREATS (aka CANDY).
*Please note: one adverse effect of Vaccines, is diarrhea.
If you are concerned, take a photo and email me the photo of the poop.
we really recommend your first and only vaccine for puppy's first year
be at 16 weeks of age, OR Titre at 16 weeks of age, to see if puppy needs vaccine.
Treatment for Vaccinosis symptom of diarrhea: Silica, Thuja (you can give as a preventative)
MY puppy has not pooped Today !!
Puppy might not poop for 24-48 hours when they first come home.
DO NOT PANIC. New Surroundings, lots of excitement can cause this.
As long as pups are active and eating and driking, they are fine
and will poop when they are "relaxed" and comfortable in their new home.
My puppy is not drinking water
Puppies also drink WAY less water on RAW, as RAW, is already hydrated.
If you are concerned and wish to interfere, you can add water to the mix
My dog is having reflux or puking on RAW.
Well here is the thing. RAW digests fast and puppies on a routine
anticipate when their meal is coming, and so does their body.
Their little tummy's start to gear up and produce acid, to get ready for that meal. SOLUTION feed at different times each day, every day, so puppies body does not anticipate.
You can also feed smaller meals, more times at different times a day.
Myself I found feeding BIGGER meals 3x a day solved this with my one girl.
I also leave kibble out (she is an adult not a puppy) for her to graze on.
and she will nibble around 9:00pm but not enough for a meal just to fill that munchy.
Many RAW feeders are totally against kibble, so I'm probably really rocking the boat by
saying this... but once the pups are potty trained reliably... leaving kibble out 24/7
has been helpful for me. The rest of my kids won't touch the kibble
instead preferring to wait for that RAW meal.
New food, pups can be excited about and GULP and eat too much of
Think how you feel after going to a Buffet or smorgasbord
well they can't undo their pants, so they puke it up. OR
food might have veggie or fruit in it, that puppy needs to get adjusted to.
I never sweat the small stuff, you would drive yourself crazy with a puppy
so as long as the poops look good and puppy is acting normally then just the food
or routine or amount of food given needs to be adjusted.
Royal Canin Mini Puppy or Royal Canin X-Small Puppy Dry Dog Food
or Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Puppy Toy
You are not going to get as healthy a dog
with as thick healthy a coat or shiny white teeth
with no skin issues or GI issues
on kibble, as you would get with RAW.
If you insist on feeding kibble, know you will eventually experience
yeast infection in the ears, GI upset
tartar on teeth and skin lumps
So if you add up the Vet bills in treating all this kibble related issues
compared to the cost of RAW, well... I think RAW wins.
Leave your kibble out 24/7 for grazing, which we all know is how chin eat kibble
Royal Canin Mini Puppy 33 or Royal Canin X-Small Puppy Dry Dog Food
Bling sneaking the Poodle kibble
Other important stuff
Make sure your puppy has plenty of fresh, non-chlorinated water.
Njoy Chin has raised your puppy using a Lixit bottle for fresh water.
Puppy should also have plenty of fresh air and exercise and SUNLIGHT
Exercise for young puppies should not be forced walks, because growing joints
will suffer less stress if you take him outside for short play or training sessions instead.
Keep the walks short, about five minutes per month of age until he is about six months of age.
Find a mentor or raw feeding chat group
You will find there are plenty of experienced dog owners who love to help.
One day, you can return the favor and help another puppy owner
realize how simple it is to raise puppies on raw!