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Applaws puppy kibble feeding guide?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Andy2018, Jul 4, 2018.


  1. Andy2018

    Andy2018 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Everyone,

    My 12 week old English Springer came home with me on Harringtons puppy kibble, which doesn't seem great in terms of ingredients, and was giving him soft poop, so I slowly moved him on to Applaws puppy kibble, and he's doing much better on it.

    With that said, the feeding guide has a massive "window" of daily amounts to feed, and I'm not sure how much I should be giving him. I'm currently giving 210g a day, which is towards the higher end, and he's doing 2 poops after his meals; a nice hard one, and another softer, but formed, one.

    Should I be feeding him less to get just the one hard poop? He's ~7.5kg right now.

    Cheers,
    Andy
     
  2. Mum2Heidi

    Mum2Heidi PetForums VIP

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    Hi Andy and welcome.
    I find recommended amounts are usually too much. They are only a guide.
    From what you explain, I would try cutting back.
    You will probably find overfeeding is the problem.
    Presumably you are spreading it over a few meals?
    If you’ve recently dropped a meal that can sometimes have an impact.
     
  3. Andy2018

    Andy2018 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for replying Mum2Heidi!

    What do you think would be the right amount for him? He's fed 3 times a day, although I did read that 4 times a day is appropriate. The current 210g is split between those meals.

    Cheers,
    Andy
     
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    Happy to help.

    I couldn’t find a feeding guide for amounts but I’d cut back half way between what you feed now and the lower recommended amount. If 3 meals is a recent change and it started shortly after, I’d pop him back on 4 meals again without reducing.

    The composition is quite different to Harrington’s (much better). It may take his tum a while to fully adjust.
     
  5. Andy2018

    Andy2018 PetForums Newbie

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    I checked the packet and it says to feed a medium dog 120 - 270g per day between 3-6 months. The breeder said to give 3 meals, so I’ve stuck with that.

    There’s a big difference between 120 and 270g, hence my confusion!

    Should I be working the amount down until I get one nice solid poop after a meal?

    I’d hate to underfeed the little guy!
     
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    Mum2Heidi PetForums VIP

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    That is a big difference. I’m forgetting puppy days!:)
    I would think as the majority is solid it’s worth dropping back slowly.
    I’d decrease 10g every couple of days. He should become more solid.
    It may take a bit longer but it’s better in my opinion. You should reach the ideal amount without underfeeding.
    When you get there you could try increasing 5g just to be sure.
    As he grows you’ll need to make more adjustments. Doing it slowly makes it easier for you both.
    My little terrier is 9. Every spring we have this problem until I cut back, then in Autumn we increase again.
     
  7. Andy2018

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    Brilliant, thanks! I'm try this, and keep my finger crossed, and poop bags at the ready :)
     
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    Ha ha, less poop bags I hope!!;)
    Let me know how it goes.
    He looks gorgeous.
     
  9. Andy2018

    Andy2018 PetForums Newbie

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    I eventually got a reply from Applaws, with a very specific feeding guide. Here is it, in case it's helpful to anyone else (based on a 7.5kg, 3 month old Springer):

    Dry Only:

    3 Months - 120g Dry Food only
    4 Months - 170g Dry Food only
    5 Months - 230g Dry Food only
    6 Months - 270g Dry Food only
    7 Months - 145g Dry Food only
    8 Months - 201g Dry Food only
    9 Months - 258g Dry Food only
    10 Months - 314g Dry Food only
    11 Months - 370g Dry Food only
    12 Months - 150g Dry Food only

    Dry & Wet:

    3 Months - 68g Dry Food only + 1x156g Tin/Pouch
    4 Months -118g Dry Food only + 1x156g Tin/Pouch
    5 Months -178g Dry Food only + 1x156g Tin/Pouch or 126g + 2x156g Tin/Pouch
    6 Months -218g Dry Food only + 1x156g Tin/Pouch or 166g + 2x156g Tin/Pouch or 114g + 3x156g Tin/Pouch
    7 Months -93g + 1x156g Tin/Pouch or 41g + 2x156g Tin/Pouch
    8 Months -149g + 1x156g Tin/Pouch or 97g + 2x156g Tin/Pouch
    9 Months -206g + 1x156g Tin/Pouch or 154g + 2x156g Tin/Pouch or 102g + 3x156g Tin/Pouch
    10 Months -262g + 1x156g Tin/Pouch or 210g + 2x156g Tin/Pouch or 158g + 3x156g Tin/Pouch
    11 Months -318g + 1x156g Tin/Pouch or 266g + 2x156g Tin/Pouch or 214g + 3x156g Tin/Pouch
    12 Months -98g + 1x156g Tin/Pouch or 46g + 2x156g Tin/Pouch

    The drops at 7 and 12 months are apparently correct, to keep the nutrition in line with the pup's growing needs.

    Cheers,
    Andy
     
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