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Switching puppy food

I know it needs to be done gradually, but when can I start to switch? Going from kibble to freeze-dried raw, same protein.
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I started right away on the second day after my pup came home. I just slowly added the new food in with the old, there was no gastric side effects so he was transitioned faster than usual.
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yes you can start right away but faze it in over a two week period. Keep track of the calories. You don't want to over feed.
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I have a question about how much to feed per day. We have a 6-mos old Havi. She came to us at 9 weeks and 3 lbs. She now weighs 8 lbs, and I want to keep her weight within a healthy range. She primarily eats Instinct raw lamb, rabbit, or duck. How many ounces per day? The package says for puppies to double the adult maintenance amount. That seems huge. Currently I’m giving her 3 ounces in am, and 3-4 oz in pm. She also gets a little Honest Kitchen with water in pm. I am not giving her any kibble right now. Should I?
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I have a question about how much to feed per day. We have a 6-mos old Havi. She came to us at 9 weeks and 3 lbs. She now weighs 8 lbs, and I want to keep her weight within a healthy range. She primarily eats Instinct raw lamb, rabbit, or duck. How many ounces per day? The package says for puppies to double the adult maintenance amount. That seems huge. Currently I’m giving her 3 ounces in am, and 3-4 oz in pm. She also gets a little Honest Kitchen with water in pm. I am not giving her any kibble right now. Should I?
You never HAVE to feed kibble. The best that can be said for kibble is that it is convenient. Even the best kibbles are lower quality food than what you are currently feeding.

As far as amounts are concerned, dog food packaging almost always suggests more than is needed, because... wait for it... they are in the business of selling food. The more you buy, the more money they make! Every dog will have a slightly different "best weight". and the best way to tell if your puppy is at a good weight is to feel them. You should be able to feel their ribs without poking hard and they should have a good "tuck up" behind the rib cage (once they are past the infant puppy "Buddha belly" stage ) Their hip bones and spine should be padded. Remember that it is much better for your dog's health to be slightly underweight than even slightly overweight.

As far as the amount to feed is concerned, I'd look at what you are feeding now, and figure out the calories she is taking in on this amount of food. Then adjust slightly up or down (or stay the same) based on how her body feels. I have a baby scale that I use to keep track of my adult dogs, because I know, as adults, what each one should weigh. But while it can be fun to track puppy weight, you can't really determine a "good adult weight" until the dog is fully mature, which is well after their first birthday.

Below is a chart that might help you feel whether your puppy is in good weight. It is really unusual for a puppy to be overweight.
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My two are raw fed. Mitzi the MinPin is 8 yrs old (modeately active) and 10lbs, and Bingo is almost 10 months and weighs 6.5.
They are both currently on 3 oz of ground raw (meat, bone and organ) total for the day, however they also get some extras - an extra piece of chicken bone, a dried sardine, a cube of homeade bonebroth, some fish oil and coconut oil, and a fair amount of dried training treats during the day.

Over the years, I had to adjust Mitzi up and down in portions. It was easy to see if she was putting on too much weight or not with her short coat, and with small dogs the adjustments are miniscule. 1/2 - 1 oz. more or less - it’s not much visually, but makes a big difference in their weight maintenance.

With Bingo, I am taking the same approach - I frequently smooth his coat down with my hands to assess his shape and feel his ribs, shoulder and hip bones. I want him lean but not too skinny, and I feel I must be a bit more diligent with a long coated dog to keep track of this.
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Thank you all for your helpful comments on how much to feed a puppy. I think she is at a good weight, and will save and use the “Body Feel” Measurement attachment!
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One mistake we made in the past was not noticing raw beef had more calories than raw turkey. Check the labeling. So when feeding beef, we should be feeding less. Also, variety is good, don't just feed one type of protein. At least that's what we've learned. I think most raw brands tell you to feed a variety of proteins anyways.
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