Feeding K-9 Kraving
Factors such as activity level, age, health, metabolism and even breed play a part in the necessary feeding quantities of all dogs. Please be sure to monitor your pet’s body condition and adjust the feeding quantities accordingly.
by Dr. Richard Patton, PhD
– Animal Nutrition
No Activity: The concern here is the amount fed to maintain ideal weight may not be enough to keep the dog feeling full, so begging may ensue. Displace this behavior with chew toys, walks and other activity. If the diet is fed at a level that supports ideal weight, most pets will adapt to it in time. The main time of begging tends to be right after feeding before the dog’s brain has had time to realize his/her stomach has been fed. Another technique to use in the case of begging is to feed the day’s allotted portion in more frequent meals. This, with behavior displacement, is often successful at reducing begging.
Average Activity: Per feeding guide, adjusted to the amount that maintains ideal weight.
High Activity: As much as the dog will eat without gaining weight. Stool volume will go up.
Lactation: Trained judgment call. Keep in mind that in as early as three weeks, the puppies may be consuming some of mom’s food.
Puppy (large and small): A pet owner may not always know how big a dog will be. Someone who bought a purebred has a better indication; however, knowing the mother’s size is not full proof either.
Puppies should be fed frequent small meals. There is far more danger from over feeding than under feeding. If bone and stature appear to be increasing properly, a leaner body condition is much preferred to a butter ball physique. Dogs are growing for 18 months, with small breeds reaching adult metabolism a little sooner.
PER DAY FEEDING RECOMMENDATIONS (AAFCO):
Weaning - 6 Months
Over 6 Months
Over 6 Months
|Up to 10 lbs.||2 to 4 oz.||4 oz.||2 oz.|
|11 to 25 lbs.||4 to 6 oz.||6 oz.||4 oz.|
|26 to 50 lbs.||6 to 8 oz.||8 oz.||6 oz.|
|51 to 75 lbs.||1 to 1.5 lbs.||1.5 lbs.||1 lb.|
|Over 75 lbs.||1.5 to 2 lbs.||2 lbs.||1.5 lbs.|
NOTE: The above guidelines are based on daily portions per AAFCO. Age, Activity Level, Breed and Climate, along with the trained eye of the dog’s guardian will assist in determining a dog’s overall daily intake based on our “per day” recommendations above.
Safe Handling Instructions:
- Keep frozen until use!
- Keep raw meats separate from other foods
- Wash working surfaces, utensils, hands and any other items that are in contact with raw meat, fish and poultry
- Refrigerate leftovers immediately or discard
Place the recommended amount of K-9 Kraving frozen raw diet dog food in the refrigerator prior to serving ensuring food is completely thawed prior to feeding.
- Individual chubs 10-12 hours
- Individual patties 1-2 hours prior to serving
- Once thawed, the food will remain fresh for 4-5 days while refrigerated
DO NOT microwave, as this will alter the nutritional characteristics of the food.
Transitioning to a Raw Diet:
We recommend transitioning a dog’s diet to raw starting with the first meal of the day.
K-9 Kraving Packaging Conversion:
- 1/4 lb. Patty = 4 oz.
- 1/2 of a 1/4 lb. Patty = 2 oz.
1 lb. Chub = 16 oz.
- 3/4 of a 1 lb. Chub = 12 oz.
- 1/2 of a 1 lb. Chub = 8 oz.\
- 1/4 of a 1 lb. Chub = 4 oz.
On occasion, due to change in texture, a dog may require weaning into a raw diet by intermixing his/her previous feed with the raw diet; gradually increasing the raw portion of their meal over one week.