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    Default5-month-old food monster. Question.

    So, we all know about the Lab appetite. Their appetites certainly make it difficult to know how much enough food is enough.

    Indy is 5.5 months old and can easily eat 5 or 6 cups of food a day. When I took her to the vet at her 16-week check up, the vet told me she was on the slender side and that I could feed her as much as she wants. I tried to explain that "as much as she wants" would equal an open trough of kibbles, but I don't think she believed me. Instead, I went from feeding her 3.5-4 c a day to 5-6. I feed ProPlan Lamb & Rice ALS. She doesn't seem as thin as she was, but not overweight by any means. The bag, of course, says to feed growing pups (up to 6 mos) as much as they want.

    So, what do I do when she IS 6 months old? How much do you all feed? I know many of you use ProPlan, so anyone who feeds it, please respond with how many cups/day and the frequency of feeds. Right now we do 3x a day. And, she eats 2 cups in < 1 minute. I timed her once. It's INSANE.

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    I would maybe bump her up to something higher fat/protein like ProPlan Performance ALS if she's pretty active and you can't keep any weight on her. Abbey was on the Performance for a while and she was getting 2 cups a day (she is 43lbs and I keep her very lean).

    The Purina site says: "We recommend that you keep your dog in ideal body condition and not allow your dog to become overweight. The exact amount of food your dog requires will need to be adjusted according to age, activity and environment. But a good place to start is with these guidelines for an average, active, adult dog fed once daily."

    PP Performance has 30% protein and 20% fat.. the PP Chicken and Rice ALS has 26% protein and 16% fat. Not a huge difference but it might work a bit better.

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    Oh thanks for that suggestion!
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    I second giving PP Performance. Just a bit more oomph to the food.

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    Some dogs require more kcals to maintain their body weight. My 2 as examples - one dog needs 4.5 cups of food a day or he starts to lose weight. The other one gains if I let him have more than 2 cups a day. Both Labs, both about the same trim weight, both on the same food. One has a racehorse metabolism.
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