Whilst converting a dog to a natural, raw, BARF diet at any stage of their life is hugely beneficial to supporting their physical and mental wellbeing, giving your puppy a biologically appropriate, raw diet from the very beginning of its weaning journey is the best way to ensure you are giving your puppy the very best start in life.
Nutriment's extensive portfolio of natural, raw dog food is created from high-quality ingredients which means each portion is packed essential nutrition and great tasting flavour. Unlike commercially available dog food, our raw puppy food features biologically appropriate ingredients, specifically formulated for growing dogs by our in-house canine nutritionists. This means it's comfortable and safe for puppies to digest and also includes all of the macronutrients, amino acids and vitamins needed for healthy development.
Weaning and choosing puppy dog food
After the initial feeding from mum, which generally lasts around three to four weeks, we recommend introducing our specially formulated raw weaning food. Offering a small amount of our 100% British chicken weaning paste after a milk feed is a great way to encourage the transition from milk to solid puppy raw dog food. Generally, this process takes place between weeks 3 and 6 of a puppy’s life, but this can vary depending on the dog.
From 6 weeks, puppies can move on to our puppy dog food formula which features high-quality, 100% British chicken and beef, with nutrient dense vegetables and superfoods. Puppies need to eat between 4-6% of their body weight at the time. Most owners spread meals over three feedings up to 6 months, and then reduce to two meals after they reach 6 months old. When your puppy is almost fully grown, you can gradually reduce the amount to eventually feed around 2-3% of their body weight. Typically, a smaller breed dog is fully grown at around 12 months, and larger breeds reach full growth at around 18 months.
Why choose Nutriment puppy raw dog food?
High-quality, natural and additive free
With raw feeding being our fundamental principle here at Nutriment, our puppy raw dog food is made from nothing but high-quality, raw, natural ingredients and does not contain any potentially harmful additives or chemicals. This is what puppies and dogs are naturally designed to eat, and so supports their bodily functions, overall health and promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Promotes healthy development
The first year of a dog's life is critical to their long-term development, and this includes their diet and the foods that they eat. Strong teeth and bones, shiny coats and bright, alert temperaments are just some of the signs that your puppy is getting all of the nutrition they require. By providing a raw, biologically-appropriate diet, rather than most commercially available foods, owners can help to promote healthy growth and protect their dogs from unwanted health side effects such as poor digestion, bad breath or greasy coats.
Supports digestive health
Similar to babies, when puppies are weaning and still getting used to solid food, they can occasionally suffer from digestive issues which can produce smelly, loose or unusually solid stools. A natural, raw diet, which conforms to BARF principles, is generally much closer to the natural eating behaviour of dogs, which means their bodies are less likely to reject it or have problems breaking it down. Appropriate digestion helps maintain energy levels and also promotes optimal oral and overall health.
Naturally great tasting
In some commercially available dog foods, artificial flavour enhancers are used to mask the taste of low-quality bulking agents and additives. In our puppy raw dog food, the only ingredients we use are high-quality meat, biologically appropriate vegetables and nutrition boosting superfoods – all of which naturally taste great and appeal to the senses of dogs. This means the taste of the food will be something your dog loves, completely naturally.