I would like to know what you OES experts advise in regards to what type of puppy food to give the pup? Is it best to continue feeding the puppy what the breeder fed him?
Your input is so very much appreciated!!!
HAPPY SPRING TO ALL AND "HOPPY" EASTER!
|Hi Jackie what ever the breeder is feeding do continue. If you change it will cause dietry upset. Later on if you need too then what ever you decide on, lots of good high quality kibble on the market, transition over slowly. That is 1/4 new food to 3/4 old, see how that goes then after a few days and stools are OK 1/2 and 1/2 another few days then 3/4 new to 1/4 old then after about nearly 2 weeks all going well onto the new kibble.|
What is the breeder feeding? Wait and see what your new baby is on before adjusting the diet if need be.
|Our breeder was feeding puppy chow. We previously had our lab on puppy then dog chow for 13 years. When we were looking for Chauncey we found that this might not be the best of foods. After researching, we selected Royal Cainan Lg. Breed Puppy & then Lg. Breed Dog and are pleased. The things we have noticed are 1) a much smaller stool, we assume less filler more nutrients. 2) We have always free fed and we have a nicely maintained weight on this brand. The down side is the expense, about $48.00 locally for 35 lbs. This will last us about 3-4 weeks. We also give him a can or so a week of soft food plus what he mooches from us and the treats you'll need for training.|
There is a post on this forum as to how to rate kibbles.
I also would be suspect of any of the brands that were mentioned in the dog food recalls last year.
Do follow Lisa's recomendations if you do decide to switch foods.
Best of luck with your little one...take pictures at your visit and post for us.
|There is a good site http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ which rates and reviews numerous dog foods. When our Bailee was new to us, our Vet "HIGHLY" suggested we feed him a premium brand of puppy food. The breeder used one of the Purina foods and after our Vet visit we changed over to Innova Large Breed Puppy food. We transitioned Bailee over a 3 or 4 day time frame and the results were more than we could have hoped for. Our Vet told us that even though the cost is higher (about $42 or $43 for the large bag) we would benefit in the long run from fewer Vet visits and better health for our pup. Our local Pet Store even gives one free bag for every ten we purchase. I can honestly say Bailee NEVER, not even once had diarrhea during the 14 months we had him on it. We have now transitioned him to Taste Of The Wild (Bison) and the results are the same. One of the more important things to remember is to ensure that the food you do decide on has NO Corn or corn by-products in it. They are just fillers and do absolutely nothing to benefit the dog. Good luck and enjoy your new pup.|
|Again I agree with Baileesdad,the website he listed is excellent and a real eye opener to what is in dog kibble. I always recommend this site to people asking about what type of food to feed.My advice buy the cheapest one on the highest level you can afford. I also feed Taste of the Wild (cheapest of the tier 6 brands on the analysis website).Most feedstores have smaller sample bags so you can see what your dog likes also.|
Its not just corn dogs are having problems with. Its becomming evident it may be all grains. Most of the high end dog kibble is now grain free.
Almost as important as what you feed is how much. Most people tend to over feed large breed puppies.They want big dogs fast . OES's are prone to hip dyplasia. The early research in this disease was done in labs(major chow hounds).In one of the studies they were able to cause it in 1/2 the litter by just over feeding. Keep your puppy thin,until the age of two, or all his life for good health. My vet always says the recommendation on the back of a dog food bag is to sell dog food,meaning way to high .With my puppy,he recommended 1cup/20lbs up to six months.Again the best indicator is feeling the ribs.
My crew of three,have a combined weight of 250lbs and I feed a total of 8-9cups a day.They are very active,taking 3-5mile walks daily.
|You could maybe see if the breeder will get you a bag of the food they're using at the minute. When I got mine, she was being feed "Odds On Greyhound Mix" - an odd food only available in the West of Wales.... not much good to me hundreds of miles away! So I had to buy a big bag off him, so I could ween her off slowly.|
Fortunately she's not fussy and is now eating a funny mixture of puppy dried food and regular wet food... with a liberal sprinkling of greyhound mix. (And I wonder why she's so hyper!)
Have you any photos from your visit, 3 weeks sounds adorable?
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