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feeding question

January 15th, 2006, 05:26 PM
Beathoven is a 9mth pit cross , has been on merricks canned and science diet puppy dry , well after reading some of the food releated posts (thanks prin) i am now switching the dry over to solid gold hounden flochen puppy , which he seems to love. but i see he has gotten a little chunky , he has
1 374g can in the morning , full bowl dry available all day (eats about 1\2) 2 cups approx and another can of merricks in the evening, i want to put him on more of a schedule and ration, i was thinking of splitting the canned in 1\2 and feeding only 2 1\2 cups dry a day , he is about 35 lbs , male and neutered with alot of energy , has atleast 4 walks a day and is outside alot at the babysitters.

January 15th, 2006, 06:07 PM
a 35lb dog, although active, does not need that much food. You are on the right track to reduce to one tin of merrick per day with 1 1/4 cups of dry per meal. Keep him on that for a bit and just watch what his rib cage does.. if you can touch his side and feel a rib 1/8" from your finger push then he is optimum weight.

January 15th, 2006, 08:16 PM
Merrick and Solid Gold would be more digestible than Science diet, so you're going to have to cut back eventually. Has he adjusted to the new food completely? If so, I would cut back an 1/8th of a cup of dry every week or two. If he's just slightly pudgy, I'd try reducing an 1/8th and wait a couple of weeks and see if there's any change. If there's no change, another 1/8th for 2 weeks, and if he's fatter, 1/8th for a week and recheck the weight. Does that make any sense?:o

On the wolf king, Jemma gets 2-2.5 cups a day (she's 60lbs) and Boo gets 2.5-3 cups a day and he's 87lbs. Boo used to get about 5 cups of Euk before I switched. It's a lot more dense.

January 16th, 2006, 04:56 PM
prin yes that makes sense...thanks