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Puppy food, correct quantity?

Jay Cee

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Hi folks. We recently adopted a 12 week old husky puppy, about 6 kilos. The shelter had been feeding her Wainwright's dry food https://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/wainwrights-grain-free-puppy-food-with-turkey-and-vegetable-10kg  and I am continuing with that for now.

I'm a bit confused about how much to feed her. The bag says for a medium dog 200-500g per day which is a massive range. Elsewhere I've read 20g per kilo per day which is 120g per day.

Can I just overfill her bowl and assume she will self-regulate or do I need to be limiting her calories? She is also getting lots of treats because she is a good girl!


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Before I start please can I say that I am on the autistic spectrum  - and do not always phrase things tactfully  -   I truly never mean any offense.

Had a quick look at the ingredients and am a little confused  - according to them  - there are 115% of ingredients in the bag  - so their figures are off.    If they cannot add up correctly how can they possibly think it is balanced for a growing pup?   ALL kibble manufacturers  overstate the feeding requirements in order to ensure their product reaches the minimum requirements of the governments mandates.

Without doing a complete analysis of the food the one thing I would mention is that this is extremely high in starch.    Dogs have no dietary requirement for starch  - and cannot digest it - they do not have the enzymes necessary to break it down.   However all kibbles are high in starch (including grain free) - its the only thing that holds the pellets together.

In the last couple of weeks I have done a couple of kibble breakdowns  -  which should help you.    One comment is that they use  zinc oxide  - the very harshest and worst type of zinc you can give a dog  - it comes in at number 7 in a list of 7 types of zinc in dog food.   I always check the type of zinc first because huskies have a higher requirement for zinc than any other dog breed.

I would go to the lower end of the feeding guidelines  - if your puppy is still hungry then feed a little more.     I cannot be more specific as I have never fed my dogs kibble.  When I got Marley at 12 weeks old he also came with a bag of kibble  - his first meal was half kibble and half meat  - then I threw the kibble away.

For  millions of years dogs have only eaten two types of nutrients  -  meat and fat (with a side order of a little pre-digested vegetation from their prey's stomach contents) - its what their bodies are designed to eat.  They have been carnivores since the oldest known ancestor.   Dogs evolved from meat eating CANIDS – named for the shape of their teeth.   Through time several species evolved and became extinct but the first true dog LEPTICIN appeared around 40 million years ago. 

If you really must feed a kibble type food  - can I ask you to research  freeze dried raw food (it is more expensive - but far better for your puppy  - she will be getting nutrients her body will actually recognise as food).   One thing to consider though is that even freeze dried food has variants in quality  - some others on here may be able to recommend some good quality brands   - again I do not feed this to my dogs.  

I fully understand that feeding raw food is not for everyone  -  despite it being the dog's only source of food for the last 40 million years and they have done quite well on it.    I have been vegetarian for over 40 years - that is my choice  -  at least I HAVE a choice - your puppy does not  - she has to eat whatever you provide, and take whatever nutrition she can from that food.

I hope you do read my other posts as I believe you will learn quite a bit about reading nutrition labels on the back of dog food products.  If you do you will discover that I am a qualified raw dog food nutrition specialist, and am currently undertaking an advanced canine nutrition specialist qualification.    I earn my living by designing raw diets for food allergic dogs   (my main focus - as I have a food allergic dog) - and people who want to learn how to create truly complete and balanced meals with the same food the dog has been eating for 40 million years.



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  • 3 weeks later...

Usually, you should refer to the approximate weight of an adult dog of that breed to determine the puppy's food allowance. You can read the breed specs at https://cleverpuppies.com/category/about-dogs/ to find the weight. In addition, young puppies should be fed at least four times a day. As the dog gets older, you should gradually increase the amount of food and gradually move to two or three meals a day. If you want your dog to stay healthy, he needs to get enough nutrients. So feed your dog top-quality food to avoid health problems.

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  • 6 months later...

If dry pet food is chosen to feed your pet, your pet must always have access to the water necessary to digest the pelleted food. A good In The Kibble food is suitable for babies and adult dogs. There is a large selection of pet food from a variety of manufacturers. They are divided into several categories: economy, premium, and super-premium. Experts do not recommend buying cheap pet food with poor quality or unbalanced composition, as well as all kinds of additives and flavor enhancers that are not safe for the animal's body. Such savings will lead to even greater costs for treating a four-legged friend.

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