My puppy Olivia, has a good appetite. My question is how much do I feed her? She is 3 months and growing,,27 pds last I checked.
Hi MontanaLin! And welcome to the forum! I'm helping out Ron as a moderator, so I moved your post here to the nutrition section.
Not being an expert on feeding - and never having had a sheepie who was all that interested in eating THEIR food - I will just tell you my most recent experience with feeding Guinevere when she was 3 months old.
I pretty much followed the chart on the back of most dog foods, and I believe it was about 2 cups twice a day for a dog that age.
I know that there are many options on types of food. I started her out on Iams Large Breed Puppy food, but after about 3 months I switched to Solid Gold Milleniea (sp?) with an added vitamin supplement called Seameal from the same company. I have been very happy with this product, but as I say - different dogs do better on different types of foods. I'm sure there are folks out there who are more knowledable than I on this matter - I just thought I'd throw in my two cents.
Again, welcome to the board, and please feel free to register and put up a picture of your baby with your posting (one of my favorite features of this message board!) and keep us up to date on Olivia's progress! Is this your first sheepie?
Guinevere's Dad, Kevin Z. ("Dad, tell Olivia about frosty paws too....I may not like my food all the time - but I always have room for those!")
One thing you can do, also, is check to see how fat or thin Olivia is. I'm not an expert, this is just something that I keep reading and it seems to make sense: Feel along her ribs; if you feel very bony ribs, she's probably too thin. If you have a hard time feeling the ribs, then she probably is getting too fat. I like it when I can feel just a nice thin layer of fat over Tucker's ribs. When I got him, he was a just on the edge of being too skinny.
You can also check the "waist". It should go in a bit - hourglass type of thing (but NOT a severe hourglass). If it goes in too much, then she's too skinny; if it doesn't go in at all or is sticking out, then she's probably overeating.
I check Tucker every few weeks and adjust accordingly. He's been pretty stable for awhile, I'm happy to say!
Oh, here we go! Of course I think of checking Google AFTER writing everything out! Here's a link with pictures:
Please give us more details on Olivia (yourself, too, of course! ). We just looooooove sheepies here!
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