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I am a new puppy owner. Actually my pup is my first dog/pet/puppy! So a lot of this (well, ALL of it) is very new to me. My little girl is almost 5 months old. She has been on Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy since at the breeder's, and then we continued her on it when we brought her home at 8 weeks old. She seems to love it, we've had no problems or anything.........but with all this pet food recall crap I am thinking more and more about raw and/or all natural. I wouldn't switch until I knew what I was doing, and also she is so young and I don't want to deprive her of all the things she needs right now. At what age is it safe to start feeding a dog raw? Is there a helpful book out there I could check out? Any advice is greatly appreciated!!
 

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when Webster came home at 8 weeks, we slowly swung him over from the pet food the breeder used to RAW. he's now four months old and has been entirely on RAW for over a month now. There are books out there to read about RAW, but also there are some good websites to refer to...

[url]]]][url]] www.rawfed.com

[url]]][url] http://www.barfworld.com/[/url]

See if your local library has anything or one of your local bookstores.
 

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You can download Tom Lonsdale's book for free. I can't remember the link, but you can access it on my website if you go to Raw Feeding.
Start her now...there is no value to waiting. I have raised lots of puppies on raw right from weaning and it is easy and certainly safe as long as you follow the simple guidelines in that book.
 

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My next puppy, if not weaned to raw will come home and begin to be switched immediately. Period! Never too early!
 

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Providing you do a lot of research, which I am sure you will, you can start when you are ready. Bare in mind that you have to take extra precautions for a growing pup. I'm not a person who focuses on percentages and getting the "perfect" balance (I don't think such things exist) but taking care that you don't overdo it with a pup is must.
 

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Yellow Boys Mom said:
My next puppy, if not weaned to raw will come home and begin to be switched immediately. Period! Never too early!
Absolutely. I am so glad that Chocolata was only 1 yr old when I adopted her and so she has not been eating kibble for too long. She now eats better than me :p
 

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Absolutely. I am so glad that Chocolata was only 1 yr old when I adopted her and so she has not been eating kibble for too long. She now eats better than me :p
Caleb was 6 months when I switched him and he still went through terrible detox. Poor guy! :(
 

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Yellow Boys Mom said:
Caleb was 6 months when I switched him and he still went through terrible detox. Poor guy! :(
:'( :'( :'(

Fortunately Chocolata is a trooper. She can eat just about anything. I was thinking to switch her to bird food ::) since she ate over a pound of it on Monday when I was gone. Big kid is now back in her crate since she figured that jumping on counters sometimes gets food. You don't want to know how many times she had to go potty on Tuesday ;D ;D She does not seem to have lost interest in the bird food though :eek:
 

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This is Colt our 14 month old he has a head start and never switched to raw his mom is raw raised and her mom is also raw feed so he is 2nd generation raw

Addy was switched at 13 weeks and has done well and never looked back, Nitro the black was switched at about 1 yr he had a bout of pancreatitis last year but since limiting his animal fat intake has been just fine and is very high energy ;D
 

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This is Colt our 14 month old he has a head start and never switched to raw his mom is raw raised and her mom is also raw feed so he is 2nd generation raw
Good for you!!! They sure are healthy looking pups.
 

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I was going to say I think Ernie has a cast iron stomach.

I know he has. He took to raw without any ill effects. Eats anything without any ill effects.
If he can he gets into the bird seed and eats the whole lot. He got into the barrel of chicken food up at the beach. I didn't know a friend was feeding ducks until I went to check on him and he had his head in the duck food barrel.
 

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kassabella said:
If he can he gets into the bird seed and eats the whole lot.
Chris, Chocolata ate about 1 lb of bird seed last week. I was playing with the idea of switching her to bird food so I can feed all the animals (I have 3 parakeets) the same stuff ;D ;D Except she had to go to the bathroom approx. 10/day :-[
 
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