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Im considering changing Buddy onto NI soon but im concerned about the amount you feed .

On NI webpage it says feed puppies upto 6% of their body weight yet on a barf website i looked at it said feed puppies 10% of their body weight,and also a few people on here have also said they think their puppies/dogs are still hungry after.

Buddy is a whooping 6.1kg and is doing well on Orijen however his stools are a mixture of firm and loose and he also still seems to have a bad flatulance problem (which can be embarrassing....It wasnt me honest!)

I do know some on here that have increased the amount they feed on NI i just wonder if any others on here also thought you should feed more then stated.

Thanks for your help Donna and BIG Buddy!!
 

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Hi Donna

I have been thinking the same thing recently about Daisy's amount of food. I also read the Barf diet information which said 10% but then I found another which said 20% of their body weight for the week!

I must admit, I have upped hers slightly (especially as my mum has been saying she is thin - which she isn't) but yesterday she left some so I would try the 5% to start off with and see how you get on. I alternate between NI and either chicken wings or lamb breast bones as I personally feel it is important for them to have some bones to crunch on. However when you first change it is better to just stick to chicken for at least the first week maybe two. I tried Daisy on lamb after one week and she was fine so I introduced it as a regular meal. Yesterday I weighed the wing and lamb bones as I realised I was just guessing their weight but thankfully they were roughly a third of her daily requirement so just right! :)

I have only had very positive feedback from Daisy about her diet so good luck if you try it! ;)
 

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I used to feed 6% when Dylan was a puppy and gave bones for recreation but no chicken wings. he was fine until about 8 months when I should have already decreased the amount to adult quantity (2-3%) and he put on too much weight. Now I find that about 3% is fine for him. Personally I think that 6% should be a good starting point for a pup, but as they put on weight, you do need to remember to keep increasing the amount you are feeding until about 7-8 months when their growth will slow down or stop.
 

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I feed George 6% and a chicken or lamb rib every other day, but still find he is constantly looking for more, probably because he likes it so much , so sometimes I have given him a bit more. He was 4.4kg so had put on 0.8kg in a week. He has no probs with wind and poos are firm and almost non smelly! One thing I would say is keep in mind growing weight to change amounts.
 

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not an NI feeder but as a barf feeder i find it better to just go with the condition your youp puppy, too skinny feed more too chunkie feed less. it isnt exact as some dogs have a high mitabolisme. Gypsy never puts on weight where as Echo just has to look at food and the weight piles on.

may be start off at 7% as a kind of middle ground. puppies can get away with a little more.
 

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not an NI feeder but as a barf feeder i find it better to just go with the condition your youp puppy, too skinny feed more too chunkie feed less. it isnt exact as some dogs have a high mitabolisme. Gypsy never puts on weight where as Echo just has to look at food and the weight piles on.

may be start off at 7% as a kind of middle ground. puppies can get away with a little more.
Good advice I think:D
 

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Have just checked the Puppy NI in my freezer and it says give 4-6% of body weight per day ......I'll probably go with 5% and see how we go .....will probably split it 3 ways to give 3 little meals a day initially.

Hope it goes well. :)
 

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I feed Rosie 5% plus a chicken wing or a lamb rib every other day, She is growing and putting on weight on.
Poppy is on 2% plus wings and ribs, she has always been on the lean side but is putting a bit more flesh on her ribs.
Rosie is on 3 meals a day, Poppy 2. Their eyes are bright and coats in very good condition.
 

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Hi Donna as you know we have been on NI for some time now Alfies weight is slightly less than Buddy at 5.75 kilos and he gets three meals a day approx 350grms split 3 times plus I mix in a handful of Orijen with each feed and he looks very good on it .****:)
 

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Hi Donna as you know we have been on NI for some time now Alfies weight is slightly less than Buddy at 5.75 kilos and he gets three meals a day approx 350grms split 3 times plus I mix in a handful of Orijen with each feed and he looks very good on it .****:)
I rang NI asking advice when I first put Poppy on it. My question was could I mix her kibble (orijen) with the NI and the lady said it wasn't advisable as the raw food digested at a different rate to the dry food and it could cause a blockage. She went on to say it was fine to feed dry kibble at a different meal time so I feed poppy NI morning and teatime and the Orijen at lunch time.
 

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I rang NI asking advice when I first put Poppy on it. My question was could I mix her kibble (orijen) with the NI and the lady said it wasn't advisable as the raw food digested at a different rate to the dry food and it could cause a blockage. She went on to say it was fine to feed dry kibble at a different meal time so I feed poppy NI morning and teatime and the Orijen at lunch time.
I have always mixed meat and kibble and never had any problems of that nature and when I spoke to NI when I wanted to wean the pups from Orijen to NI they actually said it would be ok to mix them and then over a period of time to phase the kibble out.....:confused: Both our two pups are growing at a good rate,they have regular bowel movements and their stools are well formed:)
 

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I'll probably go with 5% and see how we go .....will probably split it 3 ways to give 3 little meals a day initially.
(Sue)

I do that too Sue, just increasing the amount according to how much weight she has put on :)
 

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Thank you everyone,after much thought im thinking prehaps the 3 meals a day NI morning and eve and some orijen for lunch to start with Im going to give 6% of body weight i think and see how it goes ,thanks for all your help
 
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