I recently lost my dog to a genetic disease. She was fed 'good quality' kibble from the vet.
A friend has a friend who is a geneticist at Lincoln Uni, who is expecting puppies next week. Labradoodles. He has apparently gone to great lengths to minimize any known genetic diseases. We have put our names down for a puppy.
As you can imagine this is a bitter sweet moment.
The question? A paleo puppy? Obviously dogs/wolves did not evolve eating kibble. Does anyone have a paleo puppy? What do you feed it, when and how?
Raw feeding my dogs is what got me started into Paleo - I saw my dogs thriving eating a species appropriate diet and asked myself why I wasn't doing the same
There are a TON of resources out there on the net for getting started.
here is a history of commercial dog food (to help confirm your correct decision)
there are a lot of raw feeding email groups like this one on yahoo that is a wealth of info for a newbie
I have 4 big dogs so it is a lot more of a job for me sourcing 6-8 lbs of meat everyday. At first it seems like a ton of work, but it (like most things) becomes a habit and gets easier everyday.
You don't need to spend the real big bucks on prepared "raw" food. Any grocery meat dept or helpful butcher will do ;-)
Here is a picture of a typical meal. We follow the prey model diet and they typical get 80% meat, 10% organ, and 10% bone over the course of a week.
Research "Prey Model Raw" as it is much lower labor than BARF and makes more sense in the long run. (Most people transition from BARF to Prey.) You should also be feeding green tripe and supplementing with Omegas (Salmon and coconut oil). , One of the most interesting, and sad, things to watch is your dog aging relative to your neighbor's dog. In the eight years I've been feeding raw, it has been shocking to see the decline of kibble fed dogs while our raw fed dogs keep on truckin'.
And here's a little helpful blog to keep your costs down: link text
Feed your paleo pets what they're designed to eat. No cooked foods and no grains. What wolf worth his salt starts up the bbq before chowing down? Cats are obligate carnivores, dogs can have some fruit/veg but research shows that a nutrient balanced (per species) raw-animal food diet is amazing. I have fed my dogs/cats on this stuff (yes $$$) but their coat, clearness in their eyes and health has been flawless.
there are lots of others out there but those are the ones I tend to switch through. My cats right now eat Nature's Variety org. chicken and rabbit.
I made my dogs raw food for a few years. Ground turkey, some veg and starchy tubers. I added more meat fat when I had it. Eventually I went with a small local maker of a balanced raw diet. Similar ingredients but organic, pasture-raised meat and bones and some veg. She just turned 14. Glad I made the decision to feed raw.
For what it's worth just raw muscle meat may not be enough. Their natural diet would have included a lot of fat, organ meats some bone and green tripe or intestine with fermented vegetation still in it. So be sure to include more than muscle meat in your homemade food or buy a balanced raw diet.
Optimal primal diet for dogs and cats is raw meat, whole bones (fully consumed and digested) and organs, zero-carb. I don't have a puppy but my dogs are 11 and 14, it has cured all their health problems and it looks like they will live forever.
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