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How much food?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by The Norfolk Turkey, Jan 9, 2012.


  1. The Norfolk Turkey

    The Norfolk Turkey PetForums Newbie

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    Meg, our lab/springer cross is 11 wks old and arrived home with us yesterday. We have bought puppy food, but are unsure how much she should be eating each day. The packet has a weight guide on, but doesnt say if this is per feed or per day. Total novice questions I know! We have been dog owners now for....ooh 31 hours! Any advice much appreciated, thanks!
     
  2. Dally Banjo

    Dally Banjo PetForums VIP

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    Which food is she on? most kibble says per day on the bag :confused: Anyway welcome to the PF & congratulations I hope you have years & years of fun with Meg :D
     
  3. cinnamontoast

    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    The feeding guides tend to be total daily amounts. Divide into four meals for such a small pup, as late at night as you can.

    Seriously, no pictures?! :mad::p
     
  4. Manoy Moneelil

    Manoy Moneelil PetForums VIP

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    Spend much time reading the forum and also have a stab at using the Search feature to lookup the obvious questions you have - as you might expect many have been asked before and you will find it easier to get a quick answer by reading than waiting for a response.

    As your your pup, Labs do have a reputation for being greedy and getting overweight with indulgent owners. But pups benefit from some "puppy fat" and with appropriate exercise during their life this should not be a problem.

    5 minutes walking on a lead per day for each month of age. (10 minutes at 2 months, 15 at 3 months etc.) This does not include normal playtime at home.

    We feed a raw meat/fish diet and maybe if you read up on the subject you to will choose this healthy path for your dog.

    Spend time thinking about your pup and the fact that it's muscle control is not yet developed nor does it have a large bladder or intestine. If you expect the pup to be house trained and avoid accidents at night it needs to be going to sleep without a full intestine.

    With this in mind it is wise to keep a food/toilet diary so you know when the expected toilet times will be.

    It is wise to feed a larger breakfast and lunch than evening meal, so as to avoid sleeping with a full intestine - when the dog wakes there would be the urge to take a poo at once, no delay. Pups should eat 3-4 times a day.

    As for how much?

    300-400 grams per day split over 3 or 4 meals.

    But it depends on the dog, activity level, food quality, this is why a diary is so useful. (most people can not be bothered)

    But monitor what the dog eats - how the body shape develops over time.

    As a newbie read some of the threads on Bloat, and kibble.

    BARF is cheaper and a better choice followed by many forum members. :D
     
  5. Maria 1970

    Maria 1970 PetForums Junior

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    I have a six month old choccie lab pup, she is on 500g of kibble a day and seems to be comfortable with that.
    If you are feeding kibble to your young pup it is a good idea to soak in a little hot water for about 10 - 15 mins before and it helps their digestive system, then over time you can lessen the amount of water until you are feeding it dry.
    I also found that I had to go back to adding a little water when her baby teeth fell out as she was struggling to chew it.

    Don't worry about being a novice there is loads of help out there and you are giving a home to a dog that will reward you ten fold (even if you dont get it right all the time).

    Maria.

    P.S Learn with your dog it will become apparent if you haven't got it quite.right.
     
  6. toffee44

    toffee44 PetForums VIP

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    As a owner of a labxspringer I demand puppy photos!!! ;)
     
  7. The Norfolk Turkey

    The Norfolk Turkey PetForums Newbie

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    Meg.JPG Thanks for the replies! Started her on a new food today, having used up what we were given by the family she came from (she was the last one out!) and she demolished pretty much every meal, so our initial concerns that we were giving her way too much have been allayed - seems she didnt much like what she had!


    meg1.png Not out walking yet, as only just had first jabs, so having plenty of fun chasing balls around the hallway with the kids.


    meg2.png Doing really well with housetraining, although weve had a few accidents she knows where she should be going, its just sometimes the humans dont get there quick enough!
     
  8. toffee44

    toffee44 PetForums VIP

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    Spangle Ears!!!!


    This is Teal His mum was the springer.

    [​IMG]

    He doesnt get any chunkier than this.
     
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