Hello, I'm new here. I do have some experience optimizing my allergic to everything cat's diet, so I know a fair ammount about the pet food industry and the benefits of feeding grain free, natural and raw food. I think I'm doing ok by my puppy, Indy, but I wanted to run it by the experts and see what you think?
Indy is almost 6 months old. I've been feeding him Nature's Variety kibble since about 9 weeks, rotating between chicken and beef because they have the lowest calcium of the NV kibble. But, because he's started getting yogurt, cheese and bananas among other goodies in his kong, I think that perhaps he is getting too much calcium. It appears, that the raw patties have a lot less calcium per serving than the kibble (I hope I'm reading the labels right). I have convinced one of my cats that NV raw food is edible, and I had always intended to introduce raw food into Indy's diet too. I waited on the advice of the pet store owner who has a lot of experience with raw feeding ... then the holidays arrived and life has been hectic and I never got around to making the change. Anyway, I'm ready to start introducing NV raw food into his diet. It was time stock up on pet food today, so I picked up a bag of the venison patties (I'll rotate the meat source), I plan on feeding him 50% raw, 50% kibble until if/when I am able to start making raw at a more affordable price. I'll be following the feeding guidelines on the web site, giving him kibble for his morning and noon meal and a raw patty for dinner. And he'll still get his frozen kongs because they keep him happy and me sane ;D
Does this sound about right? Oh, he also gets raw frozen beef knuckles for his chewing pleasure and dental health, which I hope makes up for feeding ground raw food.
I would appreciate any suggestions and constructive feed back.
the meal plan sounds pretty good but i wouldn't give the knuckle bones, they are tooth breakers.i'd give a rack of ribs or some other MEATY bone instead (Ox tail is good my pup loves them and they last quite awhile).