I am new to this forum, I will be collecting my first OES puppy this weekend and am busy getting everything ready for his arrival.
His breeder has been feeding him Hills Science Diet Puppy Food for large breeds and I have dutifully bought more of this. I am however very interested in BARF feeding, it makes sense to me! Scouring the internet I have forund the Natural Instinct website and am keen to try their BARF Puppy food.
Does anyone use this company and if so, would you like to 'recommend' me so that I get £5 off my order and you get £5 off your next order?
Any other advice would be very welcome - my Mum used to have OESs but disagrees with some of the things I want to do (crate training, raw feeding to name two!!)
I'm a raw feeder but don't use natural instinct i'm afraid .I source my meat/bone from the butcher and DAF petfoods.I then make up my own meals with the correct ratios of meat/bone and offal.
Natural instinct is a good food to start with( if you are not sure of the correct ratios to feed) and i know a lot of people use it but for me it has a lot of veg/fruit in it and i don't feed a lot of fruit and veg
It's important with a pup to get the right balance as too much calcium in the meal can cause bad hips etc ect .A pup can't pee the excess calcium out like an adult can.
|Natural feeding is wonderfull as you know exactly what goes into your dog, no chemicals, no preservatives etc etc. As this breed is fast growing you need advice on this, if you dont get the ratios right all sorts of problems. Barf diets are wonderfull but here is a link you can join andget advice for your youngster if your want to go down that path. |
I fed high quality growth dry as a filler and natural stuff like fresh meats, veggies etc till past that rapid growth stage.
Join that group they can advise you "How too" with a developing OES pupper, you really do have to get the balance right for an OES baby.
|Thank you for your advice sixpence - I didn't know that excess calcium can lead to bad hips and I didn't know that a pup can't excrete the excess like an adult dog can - I have SO much to learn! I was thinking of feeding raw for one meal a day at first but I need to do some more research.|
Lisaoes, thank you for the link to that natural forum - I have joined, now I need to read, read, read! I just want to do what is best!
BTW I'm going to get him later today - weather permitting, I'm SO excited
|Well since you like reading another couple of groups with some good advice on :-|
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/RawP ... =183295660
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Brit ... =183295660
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