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Old September 23rd, 2008, 09:37 AM
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Dog - feeding questions


I just got my cocker/lab cross puppy last Wednesday. He's 15-wks old. He weighed 15 lbs the day we got him. Today, he weighs 21 lbs! That's 6 lbs in less than a week!

Is this because he is in a growing stage? He did sleep lots the first couple days... Or is it possible we've been feeding him too much? We started feeding him 3 times a day, but decided to take it down to 2. We feed him about 3 cups of food a day. He is not fat, and I can easily feel his ribs. I'm just wondering if I should be cutting back on his food and/or treats. However I am trying to train him, so he is getting quite a few treats a day...

Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any questions...

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Old September 23rd, 2008, 02:29 PM
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What food are you feeding him?

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Old September 23rd, 2008, 02:31 PM
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And how are you weighing him?
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 02:47 PM
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I'm feeding him a mix of the food the shelter gave us (nutra... something) and Eukanuba Puppy. About 60% shelter food, and 40% Eukanuba.

The first day I got him, his poops were hard & filled with green leafy stuff. Since then, they've been pretty soft & gooey... and smelly.

To weigh him, I weigh myself. Then I pick him up and weigh myself again, and take the difference.
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 07:40 PM
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His loose stools could be a sign that you're feeding him too much. Are there no feeding guidelines on the bag of dog food? Also, is he on a de-worming program?

I'd recommend you browse the dog and cat food forum for ideas on better quality foods than Eukanuba, if you're interested. You also might want to take a look at http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ and http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index....badingredients .

Congratulations on your new puppy.
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 07:47 PM
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Really? The Eukanuba bag say 2 3/4 cups. We feed him about that, plus treats.

I read that dog food analysis & see how bad Eukanuba is. Think it's worth finishing the bag, or just switch to a better one?

He was dewormed 3 times by a vet while in the rescue shelter. He's had some shots but not all. He still needs Rabies, Bordetella, Lyme, Kennel Cough and Heartworm...
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