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Do I? Dont I? For a fussy 10 week old pup

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Barked: Thu Jan 31, '13 4:04pm PST 
Hello all
My puppy seems to hate every type of dog food going. Hes currently eating james wellbeloved but it has to have salmon or any fish juice on it to attract him to eat it but hes barley touching it. When wr got him he was underweight and still is to by honest and im litrally tearing my hair out and worrying about him with hes eating. Ive been researching into a raw food diet for him. Any information would be brilliant. Is he to young to eat it. Is fish allowed. And how do I gradually do this process he robbed some chicken from me the other day and he just devoured it so I gather chicken is a good place to start? Help please
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UCH Onyx TT,- CGC

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Barked: Thu Jan 31, '13 5:47pm PST 
Puppies can be weaned straight from the mother's milk to raw, so he's definitely not too young. Chicken is indeed the recommended place to start. It's fairly bland and contains easily eaten bone, so it's an ideal protein for switching. Any change in diet can result in loose stool and since bone firms up stool, you'll want to stick to bone-in chicken until stools are looking normal. Because your pup is still young, he'll likely adjust quickly to raw, since he hasn't been eating kibble more than a few weeks. Once stools are looking good, you can gradually introduce new proteins like beef, pork, lamb, ect.

Fish can be fed, but many dogs aren't fond of whole fish that still have the head and scales. Even fish fillets are snubbed by some dogs. If you do get fish, buy a small amount to start in case your dog won't eat it.

I would highly recommend reading through Chance's Beginner's Guide to Prey Model Raw. Tons of great information about raw and how to switch. Since your dog is a growing puppy, it's especially important to do your research and know how to balance the diet. An improperly balanced raw diet can do more harm than good.
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Saya

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Barked: Fri Feb 1, '13 9:45pm PST 
Fish is fine to feed, but be mindful of mercury content and any parasite or whatever it might have. Salmon and trout from certain areas has the parasite.. Not sure exact details..

Saya loves smelt, mackerel, and pacific saury also known as mackerel pike.

Walmart by me has smelt sometimes they're small and make yummy snacks or small am meal or pm meal..

Not all dogs like fish so only get one bag or minimum amount till your sure if the dog likes it.

I'd start with chicken first then introduce other items like fish, pork, beef or whatever you want to introduce. Coarse don't do it till your pup is doing good on chicken.

Bella hates pheasant, but Saya likes it. Bella loves doves, duck, and goose so not sure why pheasant is odd for her luckily Saya doesn't mind eating the pheasant.
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Barked: Sun Feb 3, '13 2:33am PST 
Thankyou. Ive currently got him on chicken and lamb heart and he eats that right up. The first time hes ever been consistant with hes eating. Its a learning curve for me but im constantly researching about a raw diet but I do definatly want to keep him on it. Hes so livley and playful now I can see a complete change since changing to kibble to meat. I also saw that I can feed him veg such as carrots is this correct?
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UCH Onyx TT,- CGC

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Barked: Sun Feb 3, '13 9:34am PST 
You can feed fruits or vegetables, but if you're feeding a balanced prey model diet, 80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organ, there's no real need for plant matter. If you do feed veggies, they should be a small part of the overall diet.
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