I know for my corgi the breeder gave us different feeding instructions than can be found on the bag of Pro Plan. I'm curious to know if it is the same for a Labrador.
How many cups per X number of pounds should I feed?
No matter what the food, I never follow what the bag says. Not sure about the cups per pound, but when Caleb was on Pro Plan he was getting between 3 and 4 cups a day (divided into 2 meals). Two things to keep in mind with that is Caleb was still young, so was still getting a little more than an adult dog would, and he tends to need more food in the warmer months.
How old was Caleb? My Dytie is 6 mos. I'm guessing 40 - 45lbs.
She's small but still growing. I would start her off with 1.5 cups at each feeding - morning and evening. If she gains on that - then stick with it.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
OK, thanks guys. I was doing 2 cups each feeding but I will cut in down to 1.5 and see how she does. We have a vet appt tomorrow to have her staples removed. Hopefully I can get an accurate weight at that time.
Miles is four months old and weighs about 40 lbs. I feed him 1-1/2 cups three times a day for a total of 4-1/2 for the day. (Anything less and he is too skinny.) My 3 year old (about 70 lbs) gets a total of 4 cups a day.
- Never trust a dog to guard your food -
Beck's Frequent Flyer (Miles) 1/26/10
Beck's Keepin' It Simple, JH (Simon) 4/25/07
Noel's Duncan Delight, CDX (Duncan) 1/28/97 - 10/30/08 (Miss you big guy)
Here's a copy of a post I sometimes make:
When Puff was about 8 months old, she weighed 50 lbs of her eventual adult weight of 62 lbs. She'd started eating about 1 cup/day total when she was 6 lbs (@ 9 wks age). That had gradually increased to 5 cups/day (over 2 meals) when she was about 8 months age.
Then she began skipping meals. Sometimes for a day or more. When she began eating again, she ate a reduced amount so I gave her that amount. Then after a bit she'd stop eating again and when she resumed, it was again a reduced amount. We kept going through these stages until she got down to a little over 2 cups/day total.
It was through this that I discovered my Puff is largely a self-regulator of her food intake. That puts her in the minority; most Labs are gluttons and some could easily kill or injure themselves by over-eating if given a chance. Self-regulating (according to a poll I conducted on JL several years ago, and responded to by about 70 owners) is only found in about 10% of Labs. And, at that, it applies only to regular kibble and not to steak, fish, cat food, cheese, horse manure, etc.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":