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When I collected Wilson last Sunday his breeder was ill (she was admitted to hospital later that day) and could not give me all the details regarding food, worming etc, but said that she would send it via email. She could not send it until she was released from hospital yesterday.

With regard to food is said that he was on Arkwrights working dog dry kibble and that he should have 30g twice a day. When I first went to see him I asked what food he was on and was told it was Purina.

As he will be 11 weeks old tomorrow I think that the number of meals is probably wrong and the amount is also inaccurate. I have tried to contact her today to ask about it but cannot get through to her.

As I will need to get more food today so as to have enough of the food she gave to me to move him onto another brand I need to know what to do.

There does not seem to be an Arkwrights puppy food so can anyone recommend something else which is not extremely expensive I could try hn with.

Thank you so much.

Anna and Wilson
 

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It's normal to keep a pup on 4 meals per day until 12 weeks, then 3 meals to 6 months and 2 meals thereafter. (In the old days people used to reduce to 1 meal at 12 months, but these days most people keep their dog on 2 meals, finding two smaller meals is easier on the system than one larger meal.)

If there is any doubts about what to feed, as regards brand. Pick a quality food easily available where you live and go with it. A pup will soon settle on it.
 

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30g twice a day and the poor thing will be starving! Please up it! I feed Purina Pro Plan as recommended by my pups breeder. I fed 65g per meal 3 times a day at that sort of age supplemented by grated cheese sometimes or a raw egg yolk. Your pup should be on around 200g per day divided into however many meals. All mine do very well on Pro Plan.
 

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Hi John
Hope I am not hijacking this post - But I know you know your dogs - Our little minx is now 15months and decided just before her 1st season - she no longer wanted breakfast - We tried and tried then thought - If they don't want it don't beat yourself up! I don't do Breakfast so why was I fussing?? We now feed her once a day at Tea-time.

She is still on Training/recall Treats (Dry Roast Beef - Home cooked in little pieces) so she does get a little food and is particularly partial to a Satsuma or carrot in the morning - Is she completely barking or is this normal??

She is about 50/50 Working/Show - But looking at the way she runs and flushes the poor pheasants in our woods I would say more Working
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Hi Denise,
As I said, feeding once per day used to be the norm, and if that's what she prefers then no problem at all.

I have recently, (starting today actually) started feeding Amy 3 meals per day. She's a very old lady and not in the best of health. She has been loosing weight recently so I have upped her food, but this has resulted in diarrhoea, so I'm hoping that moving to three smaller feeds may help to avoid overloading her stomach. I know her days are very limited now, and believe something nasty is going on inside. But at almost 15 years old I wont have her pulled around any more. I just want to keep her happy for her last few days. Actually she is 50/50 work and show. Worked with me right up to 11 years old, when I finally retired her to the sofa.

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Hi John
Thanks for that - Our last Labby would have had apoplexy if she didn't get breakfast! Just goes to show how Very Different they all are
 
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