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Old 29-06-2012, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

We have just picked up our new puppy Pippa.
The breeder was using James Wellbeloved for puppys.

Having got home i have continued with the same food, but was wondering if the amount on the side of the packet is a true guide of whats required.

I read somewhere else on here that recommended measures on packets are usually too much.

Not wanting to give her too much (or too little) i was wondering what you guys feed your puppys on and what sort of measure you give per feed.

We are currently giving her 4 feeds a day.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 29-06-2012, 08:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Didn't the breeder say how much he/she was giving?

I think I gave mine 50g a meal initially but it was two years ago so my memory may not be perfect. You can always go by the bag then if she seems to be putting on weight reduce a bit and if she's getting skinny up it a little.
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Old 29-06-2012, 08:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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To be honest they told us everything, they were brilliantit was the one thing i cant recall was the amount they said to feed.

Ive gone with the bag, but it seemed a lot for the size of her. I just wanted to start off on the right foot. As i was on here i though i would ask rather than speaking to the breeder.

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Old 29-06-2012, 08:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi there,

Ive had my puppy a week! He came home on Arden Grange and was eating the higher end of their reccomendation and having 45-50g per meal. Four meals a day. But I bought some James wellbeloved today as I want to change him over to that. When I've looked at the packet, it looks like the reccomended amount is about 75-80g per meal for him which seems like an awful lot more food!

I've decided to do half and half for a week which will be a total of 60-65g of food and see how he does. He's literally inhaling every meal in seconds but think that's probably more due to being used to competition rather than hunger as he doesn't mooch for food between meals.

I guess each type of food is different. Arden Grange goes by current weight and JWB goes by potential weight and age.

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Old 29-06-2012, 09:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks Helen i appreciate your feedback. When i put about 75g in a bowl it seemed a lot. She polished it off (as labs do!) But she is still quite a slender pup and she seemed to have a bit of a fat belly.
Im probably being too precautious, hence the question but i would rather ask and learn than do wrong.
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Old 29-06-2012, 10:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hiya, we've had Lila home for three weeks (exactly). We initially went with the amount on the size of the bag (300g per day in four feeds) but her poops were a little soft. She'd do one, and then immediately after another one, which resembled a Mr Whippy :roll: . After reading up on here, I noticed most people suggested to fee 2/3 of the recommended amount, so after about 3 days, we dropped down to 200g per day. The poops improved after a couple of feeds. We're going to increase it gradually, so that she doesn't have 200g one day and then 300g the next. we're going up in weekly increments, if that makes sense!? Hope that helps

P.S. we're also feeding JWB
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Thanks Jennie thats great. I think we will do the same.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Ive reduced Pippas feeds to 50g, with a view to a gradual increase over the next few weeks.
She tends to wolf down the 1st and second feeds, but has left a bit of the 3rd and last feed.

She is lively, full of beans and loving as ever so im not too worried.
Having spoken to the breeder he says its probably due to the fact that she has been competing with 8 other pups for food before now so is just adjusting to regular amounts.

Thanks for the replies, they certainly put my mind at rest
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When we got Dee 11yrs ago the breeder was feeding them some kind of gun dog cheap puppy kibble, we gradually changed her onto Hills Prescription P/D dry and tinned and eventually we weaned her off the tinned and it progressed to Royal Canin Dry Junior, then Adult Light Dry, then back onto Hills Prescription Diet J/D Light Dry (joint diet) and she has been on Hills Prescription L/D (For Liver disease) for the last 2 years mixed with 160g of steamed mixed veg twice a day! (better fed than us!)

Isla the new pup was fed on JWB Turkey or Lamb when we picked her up 4.5 weeks ago...the breeder just tipped a heap into a dish and told us that was roughly how much she was being fed 3 times a day.
I read the bag and like others it recommended 100g a meal!..when i tipped it out in her dish it looked heaps..but she wolfed it down! (like a typical lab!)
However, the next day and really since then, she isnt overally excited with it...she watches eagerly when i measure it out, but then when you offer it to her she takes half a dozen mouthfuls and walks away...not interested!
she would rather finish off the old dogs sweetcorn and peas that she has left at the bottom of her dish! (not greedy at all, even with the other dog being fed next to her!)
Now, one of my roles as a vet nurse was as a nutritional adviser to clients...and we always told owners, a dog will never starve itself to death if it is well...a picky dog is made not bred!
yet we were slightly concerned at Isla's lack of interest at her meals, especially as she is really active and always on the go!
I added Hills prescription P/D tinned to her kibble as well as a teaspoon of steamed veg and she eats it better...still nothing like a typical greedy lab, but she is putting on weight, looks great and is full of beans so she is obviously getting enough to eat!
Not sure if its the JWB but we also get poo's in 2 installments....normal one then nearly straight after comes a "mr whippy!"...no blood or mucus in it and doesnt bother her, so wonder if its just the JWB!
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We got a great puppy pack from our breeder with details all written down, together with times etc (which we've adjusted to suit us).

Lulu is on Royal Canin Junior and has 60g per meal 4 times a day. Shes 9.5 weeks old. FAB poohs! :lol:
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