Like the title says we have 2 6 month old labs that have had accidents in there kennels the last 2 nights. I have noticed that there stool has been getting soft the last week or so. Until reading on here that could be from to much food in there diet? They have been eating Blue Buffalo Basics for puppies since they started eating dry food, with no problems. I guess my question is how much is to much? We feed 2 times a day 4 cups each serving. All eaten within 10 minutes. Poured in 1 large pan that they both eat out of. They won't eat out of there own bowls. They both are acting normal and drinking water normally. Today I am starting them on a diet of 2 cups per serving. Both weigh in the 40lb. range and are growing normal. Full shots for both. There are not on any meds or supplements. They eat nothing but dog food, no table scraps. Pretty much house dogs and supervised when they go out. Any help? Thanks
That seems like a really excessive amount of food to me. Since they are not overweight (at 40#) they must be producing an epic amount of poop.
I would not feed more than 1.5 cups per serving per dog. I would also have 6 month olds on adult or ALS food. I would also feed them separately for a number of reasons - you have no way to know how much each dog is eating when you comingle their food. You are also guaranteed that they will always share germs/viruses if they are sharing a bowl. If you need to feed them in their crates to get them to eat - do so.
You should be putting a lot of effort into separating them anyway due to the problem with same age pups bonding more closely to each other than to humans without intervention and active separation. Sleep separately, train separately, walk separately, feed separately.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
That's a LOT of food!!! I'd cut it in half to start with and see how they do on that. FYI I was never able to get a solid stool with my dogs on Blue Buffalo.
♣ Laura ♣
I also agree that's a lot of food! I might suggest immediately cutting that into 1/2 so you are feeding 2Cups twice a day. I also have heard many say the stools have never been great on BB food. IF you decide to switch make sure you switch slowly. 6 months of age an in the 40's is a good weight. I would watch and ensure they don't drop a lot of weight because you cut back on the amount you are feeding.
Danika & Eva
I feed Tess on a big tray as she inhales too. If Ernie tries to help her she eats faster if that is possible. Erns is a slow eater, but if she comes near his bowl he eats faster too.
Both Gems and Tess would leave their bowls and go to Ernies. He steps out of the way and lets them eat his food, so Gems was fed in another room. I stand beside Ernie until he is finished and make Tess leave it. It would be best if I fed them in seperate rooms, but Tess jumps so high several times she has jumped and head butted the bowl sending kibble every where as I take it to the other room.
feed them in their crates (seperate crates) so you know who is eating and how much. no changing bowls. If you don't want to feed in crates, feed in seperate rooms.
And yes that is a TON of food, wow.
Make sure they get DAILY time away from one another, go for a walk with one at a time, go for a car trip iwth one. They need daily seperation to ensure they don't stunt one another growth (mentally). Raising littermates is more than twice the work of one puppy, it is 10x the work of one puppy.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I had a pack of 4 Siberians for more than 10 years; 3 males and 1 super bitch. There would have been war if I didn't always feed them in their closed crates. So easy that way. They crated up immediately when I started to measure out the food. I placed the bowls into the crates in pack order and no one came out until all bowls were empty. That never took very long. Release from the crates was also in pack order. All 4 were adopted, abused dogs and all had food issues--except for the omega who never fought for anything.
Started last night with food reduction and separate bowls. Went well actually. Both stayed at there own bowls and ate there own food, so for 2 feedings. Cut them down to 3 cups a day each. We'll see from there. Go down from there if I need to. One already is getting solid stool.