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What to Feed Amy

Amy's Mom
September 7th, 2006, 02:14 PM
Hi all.
I have been reading alot about different foods to feed your dogs. so my question is what would be a good food, both dry and wet, to feed a 2 year old poodle? She needs to be fattened up as her hip bones and ribs are sticking out a lot, I think she has been neglected food wise as well as other ways.

So, if anyone has any ideas I would appreciate it.

Thanks,
Dee

Prin
September 7th, 2006, 03:14 PM
Here are a couple:

Solid Gold Wolf King (http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=62&code=170)
Canidae (http://www.canidae.com/) (any formula)
Innova (http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=foods-tab) (pretty well any formula of innova)

You can even maybe try adding some of the high protein ones to add some meat onto her bones:
Barking at the Moon (http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=81&code=120)
Evo (http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=product-detail&pxsl=%2F%2Fproduct%5B@id%3D%271246%27%5D)

Prin
September 7th, 2006, 03:16 PM
Oh, for wet, Solid Gold, Merrick (http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/canned_dog_food.php), Canidae, and Wellness (http://www.omhpet.com/dogs/wellness_detail.asp?pCode=canDogSup5Chicken).

Oh and if you have Timberwolf Organics (http://www.timberwolforganics.com/) near you, they're great too (for dry).

Angies Man
September 7th, 2006, 06:46 PM
I had a look at the picture you posted of Amy. Based on the one pic, I'd say she looks to be in good shape, post a couple more pics, tho.

Really, any of the food brands that Prin suggests are going to be great for you new dog. And while they may seem expensive, she'll eat less than if she was on a store brand, and the holistic brands Prin suggests will make and keep your dog a lot healthier (save money at the Vets!) Most of the brands mentioned provide samples to the retailers that carry them, get samples of as many different holistic brands and see what Amy and you prefer. (A tip, get two sample bags of each and keep one of each in reserve for boarding, going on road trips, etc.)

Learn to read the labels, the first three or four ingredients should be meat or meat by products. NO CORN OR SOY!!! And no added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc. Molasses as an ingredient should be way down the list of ingredients. I'd get her some vitamin and mineral supplements, too.

I have a 5 month old Standard Poodle puppy who doesn't suffer from being too thin, she's currently getting Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul, which seems to do okay for her (tho she doesn't seem to want to gobble it!) In addition, she gets either a hardboiled large egg or a large tablespoon of nonfat [U]plain[U] yogurt with her morning food, and some (currently) homemade chicken with mixed veggies soup with her dinner (but not every night.) Nothing ever gets mixed in with her kibble, I think 'tarting' up her regular dog food encourages her to eat more than she normally would, not a good thing.

If she has good levels of energy, don't worry too much about getting "more meat on her bones." She will gain weight as a normal function of having a good, stabile happy home. The breed standard for a Miniature is a max of about 15 pounds, so that should give you some idea of how much your pup is underweight.

Angie is my second Poodle, they are great dogs! If your Amy is like the miniatures I've known, she's a big dog in a small package. She should be very smart, easy to train, and generally gentle and friendly, even with strangers. I would strongly urge you to get involved in obedience training and even agility training. Food for the poodle's mind, they love to perform. You need to be very demanding of her intellectually, she'll be happiest if you treat her like a big dog, train her and require her to walk on her own legs in a polite manner, and to behave herself to a very high standard.

Your little girl should be getting to know a groomer, try to find one that's very gentle and stick with her--your groomer may be the second most important person in your dogs life. Be sure to keep the nails clipped, teeth cleaned, and the hair in the ears picked (poodles ears tend to be quite moist and waxy if you let the hair build up--leads to ear infections.) Regular groomings are a lot easier on your dog (and the groomer, too) than less frequent visits. And as John Steinbeck noted in "Travels with Charley", poodles know when they look good--and they really love it!

If she's been neglected or abused, you'll be fairly amazed at how quickly she'll turn around. They really are very smart dogs. :thumbs up

Prin
September 8th, 2006, 12:13 AM
oh, that's right! She's a mini... :o Replace Wolf King with this one then: Just a Wee Bit (http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=68&code=140)
That one would be pretty good. It's more dense than a lot of foods, so little dogs don't have to eat as much.

Did your vet say she's skinny?