Just wondering what is the maximum amount one would feed their lab? I know the breeder set out a very basic feeding guideline but only went up to 4 months = 4 cups.
I see some people are feeding more than that. Is five cups a max??
How much you feed totally depends on a dogs individual needs and the brand of food you are feeding. Usually with a higher quality food you feed less.
At the very peak of growth you might need to feed a puppy 5 cups but that should only be for a short period of time. 5 cups for most adult dogs on most foods would be too much unless the dog is exceptionally active and/or has a very fast metabolism.
Were are also dealing with a food isuse.The breeder send us home with (Eukanuba large breed puppy) we were under the impression* half a cup 3 times a day. Now after looking at the product feeding guidelines it seems that were feeding him too much and looking at the Eukanuba website, it seems 1/ 1/4 is* suggested in there guidelines. The little guy now has soft stools and Diarrhea and were having to take him out 3 times in the middle of the night. Any suggestions would we greatly appreciated! He is about 18 pounds and 10 weeks old..
Weight (lbs) 6-11 Weeks (cups/day) 3-4 Months (cups/day) 5-7 Months (cups/day) 8-12 Months (cups/day)
1 1/2 1/3 1/4 1/4
3 1 3/4 1/2 1/4
5 1 1/4 1 1/4 3/4 1/3
10 2 2 1 1/4 2/3
15 2 2/3 2 1/2 1 2/3 3/4
20 3 1/4 3
You have to find a balance. You don't want your puppy to put on too much weight since it could lead to orthopaedic problems. But of course, you don't want to starve your puppy either. If you think she's loosing weight on 4 cups, try to increase by 1/2 cup and see what happens.
Has he had soft stools since you brought him home? when did it start?Were are also dealing with a food isuse.The breeder send us home with (Eukanuba large breed puppy) we were under the impression* half a cup 3 times a day. Now after looking at the product feeding guidelines it seems that were feeding him too much and looking at the Eukanuba website, it seems 1/ 1/4 is* suggested in there guidelines. The little guy now has soft stools and Diarrhea and were having to take him out 3 times in the middle of the night. Any suggestions would we greatly appreciated! He is about 18 pounds and 10 weeks
Nope. He was producing normal stools for the first four days (we just brought him home on Saturday Oct28th) but then mid-week we took a look at the product guide and started to question what we were doing. He'd seemed to be doing fine on the rations the breeder had told us to give him on the Eukanuba (which was around 1 1/2 cups per day spread over three meals), but the poor little thing seemed so hungry, that's why we started taking a look at the product guide and were shocked that it was calling for 4 1/2....almost triple what we'd been feeding. So we moved him up to 1/ 1/2 per feeding 3x per day, and that's when the problems started. The pup started producing really foul, mucus-y stools and needing to go out almost on the hour almost all night, when he'd been just about sleeping through the night by Wednesday last week. Since posting our initial question, we've called the breeder back again, and she has re-stated he should only need a max of 2 c per day over three feedings, and so we've gone back to that again. We're told that with such a rich food he doesn't need more than that, and that's why his body is just "dumping out" the unneeded volume. So we'll see if this fixes the problem. He'd been getting other treats on top of the increased volume...cookies, etc. So we were probably on the right track in the first place, and are hoping this solves the problem. Paws crossed!
Yup, you are over-feeding the dog.
Don't ever follow the bag.
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Also... the breeder is probably your best resource. If you have any other questions, make sure you call her/him firstOriginally Posted by Dani
Thanks, everyone. Looks like we're back to normal with 2c/day and sleeping right through the night again.
The amount you should feed your dog is dependent on 4 main factors --
-- the weight of the dog:* large dogs need much more food than small dogs
--* the age of the dog.* Young puppies need 2X -3X the amount of food that an adult dog of the same weight would need.* This multiplier gradually declines from 2X (or 3X) at, say, 8 weeks of age to about 1.2X at, say, 10 months.
-- the number of kcalories per cup of that particular food.* Since dog foods vary between 250 (or less) kcals/cup and 500 (or more) kcals/cup, one cup of one food could be equal to two cups of another.* If the kcals/cup are not listed on the bag, call the 800# customer service line and ask them.* They should be able to immediately tell you.* IF the bag does NOT have a toll free customer service #, don't consider buying it.
-- the amount of daily exercise your Lab gets.* The more exercise, the more food is needed.
There are other significant factors, such as the amount of exposure to cold -- the more the exposure to cold weather, the greater the need for more kcals.
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