I understand that every dog is different and have recently read alot about the growth of labs. I am simply looking for suggestions here on what to do. A recent check up to the vets brought this about.
The vet says that Moka should not gain anymore weight. He is currently 30kg (66lbs) at 9 months. He does not feel or look overweight. I can feel his ribs with minimal pressure when I feel his sides. He is currently receiving 2 cups 2x per day of Pro Plan's Large Breed Puppy food. Our vet says to cut it back to 1 cup twice per day, half of what he gets now, and to switch to adult food as soon as possible.
We do train with treats and he does get a kong or two near daily or every second day. The kongs usually consist of carrots, apples, apple sauce, etc, with only a tblspn of peanut butter on the ends.
Given this we figured we might cut back the food slightly but how much? Or do we just stick to the same? I attached a few recent pics to help get a better idea if you feel he is overweight or not. They aren't the best pics.
Please don't start in on the brand or large breed food, I am going with our breeders selection as he knows his line of breed the best.
He certainly doesn't look overweight in the pictures. My adult males receive 3-4 cups of ProPlan adult food per day if that helps any.
♣ Laura ♣
Moke certainly looks to be in good shape to me. I know my vet recommended changing to adult food at 9 months. I feed my pup 2 cups 2 times a day of puppy food. My adult dog get the same amount (2 X 2) of adult food. I'd say you and Moka are right on schedule.
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I'm sure your vet is just trying to avoid your dog porking out like many Labs do. But - he is still growing and should not be cut back so harshly with no evidence of a current weight problem. I would keep on as you have been. 66# is on the low side for a male Lab adult anyway.
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If I had to do it over I would also watch the weight. After Timber being 90lbs and I had to get her to 70lbs it was really much harder to get her to loose. One stupid large milk bone is like 650 calories. I use to feed her those to keep her from darting out the door when I left for work. So for 2 yrs she ate Diet prescription food at 1 cup twice daily. She lost weight and made it to 71 lbs. Moka looks just right. Keep him there.
Oops I forgot to add wait till he is 2 yrs to cut back. Sorry!!! Just one small (BIG ) glitch
He looks great but your vet is so right I was doing the same with my Kimber I was feeding her Eukaduba though and when my vet found out how much I was feeding her she went up one side of me and down the other. I told her I was doing what the bag said to do and she said what do dog food companys want you to do and that is buy more food. So trust me I have feed Kimber 1 Cup in the morning and 1 cup at night and she does just fine I have done this for almost two years now and she does not act like she is hungry at all.
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