As breeder we know the differences between giving kibble and fresh meat. Many people believe it is more comfortable to feed the puppy kibble, than messing around with meat. That’s not true and I will describe, why I choose feeding my own puppies with fresh meat instead of kibble.
It’s a lot cleaner, healthier and easier for the puppy.
1) A puppy actually never just eats up his kibble. He will spill it everywhere, which will not only make a mess but it is also a waste if you have to clean up and throw away half of it. If you keep feeding what he spills increase the risk of contamination with bacteria and other nasty stuff. If you feed fresh meat you will see, that he will eat it like a rocket. Nothing spilled, no mess, no waste.
2) Puppies poop a lot less when they get meat. And it’s logical if you think about it. People that ever fed fresh meat to their adult dogs, know the difference. Kibble contains 80% of products that are not digested by the dog, that means it gets out at the rear end. While you need 2 or 3 fingers to clean up after a dog that gets fresh meat you often need a whole hand if not 2 to clean up after a dog that gets kibble. You will end up with a whole bag of waste, while the dog that eats fresh meat can digest almost all of it, that’s why the amount that gets out is a minimum.
3) Puppies that get fresh meat have a lot less issues with parasites and worms. For a very simple reason. Almost all types of parasites feed on carbohydrates (those 80% of non-digestible stuff contained in dry food). Meat is not attractive for parasites that’s why they won’t have anything to feed on and no surface to stick on to survive. The high amount of carbohydrates in kibble gives parasites a welcome home and it remains a lot longer in the intestines, which gives parasites a perfect option to survive and reproduce in a high amount and on long term. That means, that even if you use deworming the effect is lot less and you will need longer to get rid of it, because they are perfectly hidden in the bowel. Most people that have issues with parasites in their puppy, like giardia, coccidia, worms are people that feed kibble. And you cannot avoid parasites (a very common discussion between breeders, vets and new owners) because 99% of dogs have parasites. Read that again please…. 99%. And even though our puppies and adult dogs are extra treated and tested for parasites before the puppies leave, the first spot you take your puppy out where other dogs litter, will likely get your puppy some parasites. Why people keep denying their dogs have no parasites it because they believe they are clear because they show no symptoms. Dead wrong, it’s only because adult dogs don’t develop issues while puppies (same as babies) almost always does. I barely know anyone that feeds raw meat to have issues with diarrhea in puppies and I also NEVER had them when sticking to raw meat until at least 6 months.
4) Kibble is a lot more difficult to digest for puppies. If you have children, you know what happens if you have a baby and you change their food or their nutrition is more difficult to digest… you get the crap (literally) when changing diapers and they may have stomach pain too. Puppies have a weak metabolism, same as babies, because they have to develop antibodies which takes several months. The harder you make it for them in the first months the more issues can develop. Meat is very easy to digest for a puppy and you can save yourself a lot of time cleaning and eventual costs for vets and testing through a whole pile of different kibble brands. Once the puppy is older and has his natural antibodies he will have a lot less problems to switch over to kibble.
5) One last thing that is a benefit, especially for me as breeder when you have 6-10 long haired puppies rolling through their own crap. Their mother will ALWAYS clean up their poop when you feed raw meat to the puppies, even when they are older. And the puppies do too. (That does not work with kibble. From the moment on you feed kibble to your puppy, you will have 80% more poop and they won’t touch it, neither their mother will clean it). And though I know what you may think now… but it’s a natural process that happens in the wild all the time. Think about it what is worse… Having a puppy that just ate his poop and smells out of his mouth until he drinks some water? Or a puppy that is completely covered in poop and smells the whole day or you have to bath him daily (which also decreases his immune system and may even get him a cold). The idea of it being ‘bah’ is only in your head. And no it’s not bad for the puppy if he eats his own poop. (As long it is his own) They will stop eating (any kind of) poop once they are older by themselves. You don’t need to teach them, because it’s a matter of the age they go through and it will pass.
It’s on you what you are going to feed to your puppy. I feed my puppies raw meat for 5- 6 months and then switch directly to adult dry food. I never had issues when it comes to digestion or parasites. I do regular deworming according the vet’s advice (deworming every 2 weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks of age, after that 3-4 times a year) And my puppies are mostly clean, no diarrhea, no other issues.
Please note: If you already have a dog and your puppy will come in as 2nd, your puppy will have a higher chance to get parasites. You don’t have to feed both dogs raw meat, because you can feed your puppy separately.
And a general advice regarding parasites: Swimming and drinking from puddles or a water bowl standing outside are the main sources for giardia and worms, especially in the wet seasons like autumn and winter, because especially giardia reproduce in water. Your puppy can learn to swim even after that time. But again it’s up to you if you follow that advice.
Please also keep in mind: We see that vets are very money-oriented the past 2 years. They know people may not have the knowledge and they will do everything for their puppies. I don’t know how many people have been scammed by their vets especially with a easily sold extra deworming (they also know that actually every dog has parasites and they can easily sell a faeces examination and deworming) but also ‘a first indication on hip health’ seems to be a top seller. They will offer x-rays and they also offered operations (!) to puppies (our own and many other breeders puppies) of hip corrections and gold implants where the dogs had perfect hip and elbow scores without any further check or operation. The skeleton and joints are NOT even developed, according to radiologists it’s not possible to get a decent result on a puppy and it has a reason why official hip and elbow examinations are done with 1-2 years of age. Veterinary diet is also one of these top sellers. You pay the major amount for it, often without even one examination, based on a ‘guessed’ diagnose.
Of course a dog can have a health issue, but please be very careful before you trust any advice a vet gives you. I worked several years at the vet and know their margins on their sales, besides my current vet is very open to me about this. If you don’t trust it, don’t hesitate to ask me. And don’t be afraid to ask another opinion (please not via facebook or Instagram) but a reliable source, like a vet, a diet specialist, or a homeopath. And should I have no answer (I’m not perfect either, though I know a lot about these things) then I will help you to find a reliable answer.