PUPPY FEEDING SCHEDULE
7:30-8:30 AM (click here for comments)
½ Cup oatmeal plus fruit or yoghurt or egg yolk (cook the white until your puppy is older). (click here for a recipe for home-made whole-milk yogurt)
12:00-1:00 PM (click here for comments)
¾ Cup ground beef, turkey, lamb or pork (meat can also be fed cubed) plus one small spoonful of juiced veggies plus ½ half kelp tablet. To this meal you can add a scant ½ tsp. Cod Liver Oil or ½ tsp ground flaxseed. Two to three times/week mix in ½ to 1 tsp ground seeds and nuts.
5:30-6:00 PM (click here for comments)
Meaty bones i.e. chicken wings/necks (Until the puppies are about 12 weeks of age you may choose to break up the bones with a meat tenderizer or a meat cleaver. We run our chicken wings through a meat grinder.)
NOTE: You will have to judge how much your puppy should eat. Remember that puppies grow rapidly and you will have to increase their food as they grow. A Siberian Husky will usually eat as much as you give them so don't leave extra food down for them to nibble on in between meals.
NOTE (2): This feeding schedule and ingredients can be used on other breeds of dogs as well.
The morning meal usually consists of oatmeal (use the cooked in one minute type of oats), ground meat plus yoghurt milk (yoghurt milk is simply a heaping spoonful of live culture yoghurt with enough water added to make it soupy) . To this I will add Vitamin C and any other supplement i.e. kelp, nutritional yeast, wheat germ, an egg yolk or a spoonful of cottage cheese. When your puppy gets to about 12 weeks you can switch him/her to rolled oats and delete the meat. You can easily fix these the night before by boiling the water, adding the oats, stirring, covering and remove from heat. Let sit over night and serve in the morning. Rolled oats are already cooked when they are processed so they don't need to be cooked again. Repeated cooking destroys the nutrients.
This is a good meal to add some fruit like banana or berries if you have them. (Return to Schedule)
I generally feed a meat meal which consists of cubed or ground up muscle meat plus veggies. I generally fix a variety of veggies for every meal. If you haven't added the kelp to the morning meal you can easily add it to this one. The meat should contain some fat - it should not be lean - and can be beef, pork, turkey or chicken. Examples of fatty meats - ground turkey (24% fat), ground beef or chuck steak (about 25% fat), Chicken thigh meat with skin, etc. Once a week you can add some organ meat to this meal. When you start your puppy off on veggies I would add about 1 small spoonful and mix it into the meat. As he./she grows they should probably get about 1/4 Cup of veggies at least 5 times a week. I prefer to mix the veggies in with the meat meal. Canines in the wild would eat partially digested veggies along with meat and bone so that is how I have always fed my dogs.
As your puppy grows you might want to add some ground up flax seed or nuts to this meal. I use a coffeee grinder to grind up the flax seed and the nuts (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts or almonds) Use a variety for your dog. When I add flaxseed I don't use cod liver oil. (Return to Schedule)
In the evening we have our raw meaty bones. For puppies this usually consists of chicken wings. I do use pork neck bones for them to chew on after this meal or anytime during the day. I usually give the second dose of Vitamin C at this meal.
At about four months you can probably feed your puppy twice a day. Just combine the meat and meaty bone meal together in the evening. If your puppy seems to have problems switching to two meals a nice meaty bone at noon will help him/her make the transition.
I don't recommend fasting your puppy until it is about one year old. At this time I also switch one day to a non-meat meal. I use eggs and cottage cheese as the evening meal and often use Billinghurst's milk meal for the evening meal.
I have fed a raw diet for some time now and have found that my Siberian Huskies need much more meat than they can get from a meal of chicken wings, necks and backs as described in the Billinghurst book. I add muscle meat to the meals for my adults and puppies alike. I have found that I can buy ground turkey (Wampler brand) for .79 cents if I buy it in a ten pound roll. Wampler does make a 3 and 1 lb. Roll which I can find in the frozen meat section at the grocery store or at Smart and Final. . This brand of turkey has approximately 24% fat in it. If you have trouble finding the cheaper cuts of chicken you can easily buy whole chickens on sale and feed larger chicken parts to your older puppy or adult. You will not have to add extra meat if you feed whole chicken. My adults eat two meals a day - oatmeal in the morning and meat/veggies plus meaty bones in the evening. (Return to Schedule)
VITAMIN C (Sodium Ascorbate powder)
Vitamin C helps in the development of strong tendons and ligaments and is very important in the development of strong healthy bones. It helps guard against many skeletal abnormalities. Add it to your puppy's food as soon as he or she is settled in. It should be a supplement that your puppy receives during its entire lifetime.
- Daily dose for your puppy is 500 mg—250 mg with the AM meal and 250 mg for the PM meal.
- 4 months increase dosage to 500mg AM and 500mg PM
- 8 months increase dosage to 750mg AM and 750mg PM
- 12 months increase dosage to 1000mg AM and 1000mg PM
If you cannot find Sodium Ascorbate powder you can use ascorbic acid in tablet form.
Your puppy has been started on Vitamin E when he/she was 5 weeks of age. We are giving them 200IU with their morning meal. At one year of age increase the daily dose to 400IU PER DAY.
Your puppy is presently getting one half of a kelp tablet with the meat meal. At about 14 weeks increase this to one tablet and at about 5 months you can give two tablets per day.
Add one B 50 complex to the meat meal at about 12 weeks. When your puppy is 4 months old you can increase this to a B 100 complex tablet per day. If you prefer you can use nutritional yeast instead of a B complex tablet. Mix ½ tsp. in with the meat meal or add it to the oatmeal in the morning. Gradually increase this dose as they get older. Adult dogs can easily handle one Tablespoon of nutritional yeast mixed in with their food.
By the time your puppy is 6 months old you should be feeding 3/4cup of cubed or ground RAW meat per day. You can use beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or pork. Your puppy has already been introduced to chicken, beef and pork.
You can also give your puppy RAW BONES WITH MEAT to chew on. The dogs savor meaty bones and they will help to keep your pups adult teeth nice and clean. The bones I recommend are beef neck bones, pork neck bones, breast of lamb, beef or pork ribs or beef knuckle bones. Inspect all bones to be sure that they don't have any small pieces that your puppy can choke on and be sure the bone is large enough that the puppy can't swallow it whole. Cut off any big pieces of fat. Breast of Lamb is a good one to use for a small puppy because the ribs are soft enough to actually be eaten.
Your puppy has been eating RAW chicken necks and RAW chicken wings. Your puppy should be able to eat a whole wing with no processing by the time he/she is 9 to 12 weeks old.
We feed Offal (Organ meats) 2 times in a 3 week period. They LOVE heart and liver
Your puppy has been started on very finely ground up or juiced RAW vegetables.. You can add a tablespoonful to the meat meal at this time. The vegetables I generally use are carrots, parsley, cilantro, broccoli, watercress, kale, leaf lettuce, dandelion greens, beets, squash, sprouts (do not use alfalfa sprouts), and a small amount of mint. Be sure to use lots of leafy greens and vary your vegetables just as you would your own. A 6-month-old puppy can have a 2 tablespoons of veggies added to his or her evening meal. By the time they are a year they should be eating a scant ¼ cup of veggies mixed with their meat.
It is best to prepare veggies fresh every day or fix them for the week in small containers and freeze. Vegetables spoil easily and oxidize quickly so they lose their nutritional value unless they are fed fresh or recently defrosted. You can make meat and veggies patties for the week and defrost them as you need them.
Please note that leafy green vegetables have lots of natural Vitamin C plus many other vitamins and minerals so they are vitally important to your dog's health.
If you have any questions about meat, bones or vegetables, please refer to the book by Dr. Ian Billinghurst titled “Give Your Dog A Bone”. This book may be ordered from our web site or from dogwise.com I strongly recommend you buy and read this book.