Submitted by Name: John E Lowery From: Put in Bay, Ohio E-mail: Contact
Comments: I have a larger than average male Borzoi,6.5months old. I feed raw diet. The breeder in Sweden, (I visited both breeder and raw meat dogfood "factory") The business owner had at one time, two Borzoi and fifty-two Alsatians! Ergo, the practicality of opening his own plant. I wanted info on daily calcium needs for a Dog his age. As well total calories per day. I weigh and journal each meal. Yogurt,spinach, zuchinni,tripe,honey,a bit of buttermilk on occasion,sweet potato, are some of the many items that he enjoys. Apples & banannas are well received! Any info on calcium per day and for differences that occur for the first three years.
Admin reply: Hello John,
Thanks for getting in touch. Your question is not that easy to answer, as rearing Borzoi puppies on a homemade raw diet is a bit of a minefield. For that reason most breeders rear their pups on a suitable commercial complete food, even if they switch to raw feeding as an adult when the composition of the diet is not so critical.
Dietary calcium requirement is quoted as 50mg/kg body weight/per day. If you are feeding just raw meat plus the extras you list then the best way of ensuring there is enough calcium in the diet would be to add raw meaty bones. Chicken wings or necks are ideal. Otherwise you could use a supplement. Many years ago when I reared puppies on a raw meat/biscuit diet I used to add bone meal but it must be good quality. It is important that the calcium/phosphorus ratio is correct. There are also various supplements available now specifically for addition to raw food diets.
Hope that helps.
Added: December 4, 2018
Submitted by Name: Jane French From: nr York, UK E-mail: Contact
Glad the Dogmatic was a help for you and your boy. Pleased you enjoyed the web site. It's great to have you back in the breed after so many years.
Best wishes, Jean
Added: November 23, 2017
Submitted by Name: alan collard From: dorset uk reside florida E-mail: Contact
Comments: jean i have just read your do,s and dont of owning a borzoi i agree with everything, such a well written article , wonderful alan
Admin reply: Hi Alan, I quite agree but I am not the author. It was written by the late Richard Duckworth (Sholwood) for the Borzoi Club. I try to make sure all new puppy owners have read it.
Added: November 17, 2017
Submitted by Name: Marl;ies From: England E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hello Jean, I just visited your site. The puppies you kept are looking very nice. Will they be coming out at LKA? The Conference seems to have long gone. I regret not having invited the Barclays as they spent time with friends in nearby Ludlow (approx. 17 miles) before travelling on the Ireland.In the meantime I have been to Germany to attend the European Houndshow there whilst staying with friends. Best wishes from Marlies19
Admin reply: Thanks Marlies. The pups are certainly keeping us very busy.I hope they will make their debut at LKA.
Added: September 9, 2017
Submitted by Name: Jayne Barrett-Williams From: Pontypool, UK E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi Jean, Pups are looking lovely. I will look forward to seeing them.
Best wishes Jayne
Admin reply: Thanks Jayne. I look forward to seeing yours too.
Added: August 30, 2017
Submitted by Name: Holly Evans From: Washington E-mail: Contact