As pet owners, you want the very best for your animals. Feeding them a raw diet can be really beneficial to their overall health. What is the best raw food diet plan for a mastiff from puppy to adult?
Your mastiff’s raw food diet plan should consist of roughly 80% meat and organs, 10% bone, and 10% fruits and vegetables. The diet should be high in protein and have minimal carbs. There should be a moderate amount of fat as well. Aim to give them about 10% of their current weight in raw food per day.
Let’s take a closer look at the best raw food diets for mastiffs from puppy to adult.
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There are tons of benefits to giving your mastiff a raw food
diet, but there are also some risks. This section
is going to talk about some of those benefits and risks for your mastiff.
There are many who believe the benefits far outweigh the risks when it comes to a raw food diet for your dog. Below is a list of some of the benefits:
For humans, it’s important that food is cooked thoroughly in order to ensure it’s safe to eat, so it’s natural to wonder if a raw food diet is safe for your pets.
It’s important that you have all of the information you need before you start feeding raw food to your mastiff. While it would appear there are many benefits to a raw food diet, here are some of the risks involved:
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This article discusses some of the dangers of raw diets
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Mastiffs are known to grow rapidly in their first year of life. It’s important to keep this in mind when deciding how much and how frequently to feed your mastiff puppy.
It’s also important to know that their growth will vary depending on the dog, just like with humans. Below you’ll find a breakdown of roughly the growth patterns you’d see in mastiff dogs in their first year of life. You’ll also see a list of feeding amounts and schedules for puppies.
When it comes to the feeding amount for your mastiff puppy, you’ll want to gauge their weight and how quickly they’re growing. It’s best to try and feed your mastiff puppy about 10% of their current weight per day. However, if you’re noticing they’re having a hard time eating that much, you can easily adjust it to a smaller portion if needed. Or a larger portion if they aren’t gaining enough weight.
Feed your mastiff puppy three times a day using the guide below as a reference. When they reach the age of six to 12 months, you’ll want to monitor their weight to ensure they aren’t gaining too much. If they are, cut back to smaller portions two times a day.
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Typically, in the first one to two months of life, a male mastiff puppy can be anywhere from 20 to 40lbs (9.1 to 18.1kg) by the age of two months. Female mastiff puppies can be 15 to 30lbs (6.8 to 13.6kg) by the age of two months.
When preparing a raw food diet for a one to two-month-old puppy, it’s important to remember that their teeth won’t be very strong. It’s best to grind the meat and bone together. This ensures they are able to chew it without risk of choking.
It’s also best to give them only meat and bone at this early stage. You can introduce them to fruits, vegetables, and organs when they’re a little older. Following the 80/10/10 formula, you can give them 80% meat and 20% bone in this case.
You want to feed their meals in small amounts about three times a day to prevent upsetting their stomachs and causing diarrhea. You also don’t want them to over-eat. Grind the meat and bone together and serve it to them that way.
At age two to three months, you’ll want to feed them around 8 to 10% of their current body weight per day and feed them three times a day. At this age, you can start incorporating vegetables into their diet. You’ll still want to grind everything together to spare their teeth, but you’ll want to give them 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% veggies.
At the age of five to six months, it’s normal if your mastiff puppy doesn’t show interest in eating their midday meal. If they do skip a meal consecutively for a few days, switch their schedule. Divide the total amount of food by two instead of three and feed them twice a day.
At age nine to ten months, you can bring them down to
about 3 to 4% of their current body weight and feed them twice a day.
For adult mastiffs, it’s much simpler. By now, your mastiffs have stopped growing so drastically. You’ll want to give them about 2 to 3% of their current weight. It’s also still best to feed them twice a day. It keeps them from overeating and helps prevent bloat.
An adult male mastiff can range in weight from 150 to 220lbs (68 to 99.8kg). An adult female will range from 120 to 160lbs (54.4 to 72.6kg).
For example, if you have a 220lb (99.8kg) mastiff adult. If you’re going to feed them 3% of their current weight, you’ll want to feed them 6.6lbs (3kg) of raw food per day. Your percentages of meat, bone, and vegetables will look like this:
All of this information can be overwhelming. Figuring out how to put it all together for your mastiff can be confusing. However, it doesn’t have to be. Below you’ll find easy to follow recipes for both puppies and adults.
Here is a shortlist of foods to add to your mastiff’s raw food diet:
Remember that when you are preparing your recipes for puppies, you’ll want to throw the ingredients into a food processor to make it easier for them to chew. Once the puppies’ teeth are stronger, you can stop grinding their food together. Also, remember that puppies less than 2 months old shouldn’t be getting vegetables yet.
Another thing to keep in mind is that certain organs are actually considered a “meat” instead of an organ when it comes to your percentages. Organs like the heart, tongue, and other organs that don’t secret something are considered meat. The liver, spleen, and kidneys are considered organs. Vegetables can be blended into a puree to aid in your dog’s digestion of them.
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This recipe is very basic and will last you a while for a puppy. If
you plan on feeding this to a puppy that’s in that one to two-month age range,
cut out the vegetables.
This recipe is great for bulk mixing and will last you a while. Use what you need, freeze the rest and only thaw when you need to feed your puppy. You can also use this for an adult as well.
This is a great recipe for your puppy because it helps them gain weight. However, if they are already at their ideal weight, you may want to give these as a special treat only a few times a week.
These can also work as treats for your adult mastiff.
This recipe has everything
your puppy would need for nutrients and it’s easy on their teeth! The recipe makes about 22 lbs of food so you can store the rest
in your freezer and use as needed.
All of the recipes listed above for puppies will also work for adults. However, here are some more recipes you can try with your adult mastiff.
This is a great recipe that is packed with tons of nutrients your mastiff needs. It doesn’t make a lot up front, but you can always double or triple the recipe if you want to prepare it in bulk.
This recipe incorporates a variety of different kinds of goodies that your Mastiff is sure to love. It’s filled with great vitamins as well. This is another recipe that doesn’t call for a bulk mixture. However, you can always double or triple the recipe if needed.
If made in bulk, freeze what you don’t need.
As you come up with the best plan for your mastiff, here is a small list of foods you’ll want to stay away from. These foods are difficult for dogs to digest and could cause stomach problems:
Whether you are making the switch to a raw food diet for your adult mastiff or looking to start a puppy on it, it’s always important to consult with a vet. They will be able to guide you on the best ways to transition your dog into this new lifestyle.
When it comes to your mastiff’s raw food diet plan, it can seem pretty overwhelming. There are a lot of things to consider, but the benefits are numerous as well. Hopefully, this guide has helped you develop the best raw food diet plan for your mastiff, from puppy to adult.