If you do not want to use kibble, or only part kibble,
here are some raw diet options. I do not recommend a totally raw homemade diet or raw commercial diet for growing large and giant breeds under 16 months of age, due to issues of unbalanced diets and fast and uneven growth patterns.
RAW FOODS BASICS -
There are 4 types of raw diets that can be purchased so make sure
the raw you are using is balanced in calcium/phosphorus levels, if
you are using it as a stand alone diet or with kibble.
Types of Diets
Complete raw diets,
with vitamins minerals and balanced calcium/phosphorus ratio.
raw meats (incomplete diets) and they need to be balanced in their
calcium and phosphorus ratio before you use them. This is done with
a companion product the company will instruct you to purchase. (These
must be used with a variety of other foods in order to bring them
up to a complete diet)
diets and you have to add the raw meat. (Honest Kitchen Preference
kibble that is calculated to use up to 20% raw meat with the kibble
Advertised As Complete Diets
- These are the ones I recommend you use along with your kibble,
or with Honest Kitchen Formulas you can add it with kibble or with raw meat for a complete
balanced meat diet. The foods on this list are foods I
approve of for my puppy buyers. If the food you are looking for is not on this list go here for a list of better foods.
Raw - I use these products to top dress kibbles but they are stand alone complete diets balanced in calcium/phosphorus levels. You can use their Preference Foundation
Formula along with the meat componenet from Primal Mixes or http://www.darwinspet.com Diets
meat, to make a great homemade diet that is balance!