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Starting your Puppy on a Raw Diet

Transitioning your puppy to a fresh, raw diet!

Getting a brand new puppy is one of life’s most exciting and happy moments (who could not smile at the thought of a brand new puppy to play with!).

One of the biggest concerns new pet parents have is making sure that they choose the best puppy food for them so that their new, young, bouncy, family member may grow into a strong, healthy adult.

The good news is that Wolfit Box’s natural, high quality, raw dog food meals are the best thing a puppy can have A balanced raw dog food diet provides all the essential nutrients and vitamins puppies’ need without the need for preservatives, artificial additives and other nasties that exist in excess in dry foods.

Here are our 5 top pup tips to start your puppy on a raw dog food diet!


1. How much raw dog food should I serve my puppy?

If you have a puppy, know a friend who’s got one or even watched one on YouTube, you will know they are (super-cute) bundles of uncontainable energy. You’ll also know they grow up… fast!

But where does all this energy and rapid growth come from? Food… and lots of it! Comparative to their size, puppies can really put it away. 

Puppies need to eat daily servings of roughly the equivalent of what they would eat as grown adults. Use our Puppy Feeding Calculator to find out the best meal size and plan for them!

If you’re feeding raw dog food and you notice your pup is still hungry after eating, don’t be afraid of giving them more. Overfeeding in puppies is less common in dogs on a raw dog food diet as opposed to kibble If they do become a little plump (i.e. you can’t feel their ribs any more) then consider decreasing their daily feeding amount.

How Wolfit Box’s fresh dog food meals help? Your Wolfit Box contains ready-to-serve, pre-portioned, daily meal servings which means you can be confident that your pup is getting the right amount each day.


2. How often should I feed my pup?

Most pet parents of adult dogs serve meals twice a day, breakfast and dinner although some serve just one big meal per day.

Puppies need to eat more frequently, a general rule of thum for, puppies under 3 months old should have their daily amounts divided into four meals throughout the day. Puppies 3-6 months old can have three meals through the day and pups 6-12 months may have two meals through the day. 

This is only a guide as every dog is different. Some pups can be 4 months old and thrive on two meals a day and that’s perfectly fine!

Always provide fresh, non-chlorinated water alongsidealong side your pup’s food so they can drink when they need to. Dogs eating a fresh dog food diet will often drink less water than dogs on a kibble diet as their food naturally contains moisture which is extremely beneficial for nutrient absoroption.


3. Feed your puppy bone

The best puppy food should contain a solid source of high quality vitamins and minerals. Calcium and phosphorus are two of these essential minerals and they are extremely important for puppies. They are paired together because they work closely with one another in the body.

Meat is high in phosphorous but low in calcium which is why a pure meat diet is not good enough for dogs and a rich calcium source is needed. This is why bones are such a vital part of the best puppy food.

Bone contains both calcium and phosphorous in their natural form which is necessary for the healthy development of a pup’s own bones, joints and muscles. Puppies find artificial calcium (which is found in kibble), very difficult to excrete.

All pet parents should keep this phrase in mine: ‘the proof is in the pooping!’ If puppies are not getting enough bone in their diet, you will be able to tell because their stools will be loose. A healthy amount of bone content in diet will produce solid, firm poops.

How Wolfit Box’s fresh dog food meals help: Bones can be sometimes difficult to manage and pet parents can often be nervous about serving them to a small pup. Some bones can be too hard and damage your pup’s teeth. Some pups may eat them too fast and they can pose a choking risk.

We use finely ground bone or calsea powder in our raw dog food meals to ensure dogs of all ages and sizes receive the essential bone and natural calcium they require in a very safe and manageable way. Ground bone makes up 10% of our raw dog food meals so you can be confident knowing that your your pup is getting the correct amounts of calcium and phosphorous in a safe and convenient way.


4. Start off with one protein for young puppies

Providing puppies with a variety of different meats and protein sources is highly beneficial as it greatly reduces the chances of allergies and skin irritations later in life.

However, if your puppy is very young and is eating raw dog food for the first time (for example, if their breeder has been feeding them kibble previously), it is best to start off with one main protein source for 2-3 days before switching. Chicken is usually an agreeable one to start with before introducing other raw dog food recipes. This will minimise the chances of any cases of an upset stomach.

How Wolfit Box’s fresh dog food meals help: Wolfit Box’s contain six delicious recipes which provide complete nutrition for puppies. Variety is great for puppies and contributes to many benefits in later life such as avoidance of allergies. You can feed in any order you wish to. For instance, you can start by feeding our Paw Lickin’ Chicken raw dog food meal and once you’re confident your pup has adjusted well after 2-3 days, you can begin to introduce another meals, such as Unleash the Beef. You can continue this until they’ve tried and become accustomed to them all.! The best puppy food is just a few clicks away!


5. Transition them slowly to their raw dog food diet

If you have a puppy or an adult dog that hasn’t eaten raw dog food before, it’s recommended to transition them slowly to their new diet to avoid an upset stomach (nobody wants that!).

You can transition your puppy to a raw dog food diet in two ways:

Gently Cooked to Raw Dog Food Transition

Wolfit meals can be gently cooked in a few minutes following the instructions on the pack. It makes for an irresistible warm meal… and it smells so good, you may be tempted to try for yourself! 

To transition them to raw dog food, gently cook their meals and gradually reduce the cooking time each time until your dog starts eating completely raw. Do this over a 10 day period, easy!

Food Transition Steps

You can also mix their fresh dog food with their previous foods, starting with a small amount and increasing over the course of two weeks. 

Days 1-5: 25% Wolfit / 75% old food

Days 6-10: 50% Wolfit / 50% old food

Day 11-14: 75% Wolfit / 25% old food

Day 15+: 100% Wolfit

Wolfit Box’s six healthy raw dog food recipes provide complete, balanced and diverse nutrition as formulated by vets and nutritionists for all life stages, including puppy hood.

This best food for puppies contains everything they need and more to grow and develop fantastically: human-grade meats, offal, bone content, veggies, berries, superfoods, pre and probiotics and heaps more. 🙌

Check the correct feeding amount based on their current age and weight with our Puppy Feeding Calculator

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