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Old 24-07-2017, 09:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 7 month old lab puppy is currently being fed 3 times a day, on Lily's Kitchen puppy kibble with some Lily's puppy wet food mixed in. What is the general opinion on Lily's? My puppy seems to be going through a growth spurt and am wondering if this food is too rich making him grow too quickly? He is not overweight, has no digestive issues and has a lovely coat. I am wondering if (a) he should now go to 2 meals a day (b) should we switch to Lily's adult food now or (c) should we change from Lily's completely? He is from a working line and has a lot of exercise during the day.
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Old 25-07-2017, 09:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know nothing about Lily's, but at 7 months, certainly adult food now. As to growth spurts, this is the way puppies tend to grow, so perfectly normal.

I'm more worried about:-

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He is from a working line and has a lot of exercise during the day.
While his bones are still soft he should not get too much exercise, it can damage the joints. Roughly speaking, 5 minutes per month of age is about right, so at 7 months that equates to 35 minutes. give or take a bit. It's what you do during that 35 minutes that's important, it's that which is equipping him for the future. I would be training heelwork, and as my dogs will be working when adult, retrieving, going to different places to see different things, In my case cattle, horses and sheep, water, noisy tractors, the kind of things they will meet during their adult life. I plan their walks around what I intend to do on that walk. It might be a walk around the roads, a trip in the car to the farm where they can see the animals, a walk in the wood or whatever.

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Lily's Kitchen is a good quality food, so if your dog is doing well on it I wouldn't change the brand.

I personally don't worry too much about feeding a proper puppy food. Lucan (7yrs old) was changed to adult at about 4mths and Ash my 7mth old only ever had the one bag of puppy food, he's fed a good quality 'all stage' food and I'm very happy with his steady growth.

As to dropping from 3 meals to 2, that is entirely up to you. Many dogs, mine included look forward to their 3 meals a day, if it fits in with your routine, why not? I can remember being asked by my vet how many times I fed my dogs and being rather embarrassed to admit they had 3 meals. To my surprise he thought it was brilliant telling me little and often is better for their digestion.
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Mine only have two meals as such from 6 months, but always have a Bonio each at mid day. At the time when I had a diabetic dog, Kate I fed 3 meals per day in order to even out the sugar intake. At the same time I had a young dog, Beth, so also fed her 3 meals a day in order to avoid problems. When Kate finally died I decided that was the time to get back to a "Sensible" regime. Big Bad Beth has having none of that! Sadly I had to continue with the three meals until she too died! I was never able to put one over on BBB during her entire life! She really was a "Larger than life" dog!

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Thanks both,that's helpful. There is not much guidance out there for when to swap to adult food and how many times a day to feed when transitioning from puppy to junior dog. Certainly Lilly's Kitchen suggest adult food can be fed from 4 months when supplemented with puppy food (unsure what they mean by that) and puppy food can be fed until 1 yr old, so it is all quite confusing!We are keenly aware of the 5 min rule for walk length and have been applying it throughout his puppyhood. Our puppy has been limping and I had read some accounts which suggested a diet too rich in calcium can cause pups to grow too fast, so I was concerned as to whether his diet is contributing to this as he is going through a growth spurt at the moment. The vet has recommended supplementing his food with a joint supplement.
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Just imagine for a moment Sim182, until about 20 years back there was no such thing as puppy food. All my dogs of that time managed perfectly well without. There is no puppy food in the wild, humans manage quite well without "Children food." Puppy food was an answer to a non existent problem, and a nice little earner for the pet food industry.

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Puppies can get "growing pains" , just like humans.
Your puppy is now equivalent to a human teenager.

I can still remember my youth!! 😂 Doing sports at school then dancing that night at a disco!! 👯 Next day my legs ached, so I stayed in an' did me school homework!! 👿
If puppy is limping, next day do "brain games" and some training in the garden 😀 . Dogs don't understand and can "run thro' pain with that adrenaline "rush" (also human sportspeople) .

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