Raw Feeding Guide
How much raw food should I feed my dog or puppy?
As a general rule with raw dog food, in order to sustain a dog's ideal bodyweight, you should be feeding your adult dog between 2-3% of its ideal bodyweight per day. However, it's a very different story for puppies as we detail below. It's also dependent on several other factors which we cover over on our raw dog food calculator page.
|Age of puppy / dog||Amount to feed puppy / dog|
|4-6 weeks||feed to appetite|
|7-10 weeks||feed 8-10% of ideal bodyweight|
|10-16 weeks||feed 7-8% of ideal bodyweight|
|16-20 weeks||feed 6-7% of ideal bodyweight|
|20-24 weeks||feed 5-6% of ideal bodyweight|
|24-36 weeks||feed 4-5% of ideal bodyweight|
|36-56 weeks||feed 3-4% of ideal bodyweight|
|56-68 weeks||feed 2.5-3.5% of ideal bodyweight|
|68+ weeks (Adult)||feed 2-3% of ideal bodyweight|
- Use careful observation as your puppy develops.
- Puppies should be lean and not overweight to protect their joints.
- Some dogs and puppies will need the upper raw dog food and raw puppy food limits allowed, whereas some will need the lower limits.
- Remember this is a guide and a common-sense approach is needed by the owner at all times to ensure their dog does not gain too much weight - please call us for advice if necessary.
How often should I feed my puppy?
- Until your puppy is 16 weeks old we recommend spreading your dog’s daily food allowance over four meals per day.
- From 17 to 24 weeks of age, reduce this to 3 meals a day.
- From 25 weeks of age, it's preferable to reduce again to 2 meals a day.
What is meant by feeding 2-3% of a dog's ideal bodyweight?
All feeding recommendations are based on a dog’s weight, so here is what we mean by 2-3% of ideal bodyweight:
Bruno is a healthy adult dog that weighs 30kg. This is his ideal weight and the weight that you want him to maintain. In order to sustain this, he will require somewhere between 2-3% of his bodyweight per day. In Bruno’s case that is 600-900g of food per day. Most dogs will require the lower end and some the upper end. We recommend starting at 2-2.5% and monitoring the dog’s weight, increasing or decreasing the amount of raw food given as required. If you have a dog that is overweight or underweight then the amount of food given can be adjusted as necessary.
As your dog matures, begin reducing the total daily amount to 2-3% of their ideal bodyweight for their age, in line with the table above. Monitor their weight carefully, so that you can adjust portions as necessary. Remember, every dog's metabolism is different, as are often their nutritional requirements, so feeding should be matched to their individual needs. Ultimately, feeding guides can be helpful but they are just guides!
How do I weigh my dog?
While you will be able to tell a lot about your dog’s weight by how they look and how they feel, if you want to check the weight of your dog then here’s how. As long as your dog doesn’t weigh more than you can lift, step on to the scales and weigh yourself. Let’s say you weigh 65kg. Next, step back on the scales holding your dog. This time your combined weight is 85kg. Using simple maths, you have established that your dog’s weight is 20kg.
What do I do if my dog has become fussy and gone off raw food?
If your dog becomes fussy or stops eating raw, it's normally always a sign of overfeeding. In this case, please reduce the amount you feed (in some circumstances, this may mean the dog needs less than 2% of their body weight in food). If you would like further advice, please read "Help! My Dog's Gone Off Raw Food!" or call us. Please note the quality of ProDog Raw is such that it’s generally rare for dogs to need more than 2% of their body weight in food. This is a VERY common mistake for owners to make when new to raw feeding. Remember, it’s quality over quantity with ProDog!
How do additional dog treats work with raw feeding?
Remember that any treats should be given as part of the TOTAL daily feed allowance, not in addition to it. Also, be mindful that the quality of the nutrition in our raw is such that dogs can often need what appears to be a small amount of food in comparison with a processed feed quantity. Dogs fed raw often start to behave more naturally and ‘self-regulate’ around food. This means they eat to appetite. A wild dog would not eat daily, far from it, so if your dog chooses to skip a meal don’t be too alarmed as long as they appear fit and well in themselves. If you have any questions or need advice about any of the above, and want to talk to our team of experts, please contact us and we will be only too happy to help.
How to introduce ProDog's raw dog food to your dog
Start by substituting 10% of the old food for 10% of ProDog Raw. If you feed two meals a day, make sure you repeat the process. As an option for the first raw that you introduce, our chicken with green tripe is an excellent meal to start with. It is very easy for a dog to digest and contains all of the nutrients that they require as well as probiotics for added protection.
Day 2 (onwards)
Increase the amount of raw food that you introduce each day by a further 10-15% until you have achieved a full transition. Ideally this process should take around 7-10 days.
If at any stage, your dog has a loose stool, reduce the amount of raw food for two-three days, stabilising the stool and then proceed to steadily increase the raw food amounts.
How to prepare ProDog's raw dog food
To defrost ProDog Raw food, leave it in the fridge overnight. It will last 4 days if kept refrigerated. Do not refreeze. If a lesser amount is needed, decant it from the frozen tray. Keep the remainder frozen.
If, at feeding time, the dog’s meal is still partially frozen, you can still feed like this, it’s perfectly safe and some dogs actually prefer it. Or simply add some warm water and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
Always supply your dog with clean, fresh water. Feed your adult dog 2-3% of it's ideal bodyweight daily.