Good Morning! Our lab, Shadow, turns 1 the end of this month. He is approx 85 lbs. What is the right amount to feed him? We feed him twice a day about a 4 cup scoop full each time. I am wondering if we should up it? The largest dog I have had before was 50 lbs so I am not used to one this huge.
Poor baby...as I write he is getting neutered..
That seems like a lot to me - my 80# 3 year old boy gets 3 cups twice a day - but Diesel's food may be more calorically dense than what you are feeding. Is he thin or not?
You should be able to feel ribs but not see them. If he is maintaining a healthy weight on what you are feeding him I would not change the amount. If he is chunky (like you cannot see a "waist" on him - when viewed from above the body should dip in past the ribcage) then he is probably heavy and could use less food.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
What are you guys feeding that your dogs need 6 and 8 cups of food a day? My 85# boys get 4c a day. My 70# boy gets 3c a day. They are all intact and get plenty of exercise a day.
What are you guys feeding that your dogs need 6 and 8 cups of food a day? My 85# boys get 4c a day. My 70# boy gets 3c a day. They are all intact and get plenty of exercise a day.I agree -- and with all the advice that BigBrownDog gave. Gosh, you must have tons of poop to pick up!!That seems like a lot to me
My Puff (63 lbs) is a fairly active dog (2 mile walk every morning with 30-40 retrieves, some quite long). She eats 2 cups/day (393 kcal/cup) plus one cup of cooked frozen string beans. Vets consistently rate her as in ideal condition and weight.
The guidelines on our Kirkland C&R bag recommend about 2 3/4 cup/day for a dog her size. They're a little over-generous but NOwhere NEAR as bad as that found on MOST bags from MOST other makers.
Sheesh, it's enough to make you think they're wanting to sell more dog food!
MOST Labs are gluttons and do not regulate their eating appropriately. Only about 10% self-regulate their intake. Their owners must do that for them. My first Lab, Bess, was a typical glutton. My present Lab, Puff, is one of the rare self-regulators.
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":
Hershey Kisses gets 3/4 cup twice a day. She weighs 56 lbs. Excluding walks for p&p, she gets two trips to the dog park daily, lots of retrieves and running around with the other dogs. Around 1 year, she weighed 64 lbs and was fed 1 cup twice a day. Vet read me the riot act and told me to cut her down to 3/4 cup twice a day. She slowly approached and has held 56 lbs. I feed the same stuff as BobPr, Kirkland C&R.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
Feeding a dog is kind of like feeding a human. Take in the account of the body type, metabolizm, lifestyle, and then estimate how much calorie fat & protein the dog needs. Usually the higher protein and fat % the less you need to feed. Your vet should be able to tell you if your dog is overweight or ideal. The amount you specified does seem a little high to me. How much of the feed is coming out in waste (poop)? If your lab is pooping often or huge massive piles you might be overfeeding and just wasting food. If your lab is maintaining weight on that amount then you probably would not need to change anything. My 85+lb lab only gets 1cup AM and 1cup PM of Canidae Grain Free so he is on high protein rich food and does not require more then that or he packs on the pounds. He is also moderate in activity level. Anyhow, if you convert say a high quality food over to a cheap grocery store brand feed with fillers it would easily double in the amount that people sometimes feed. For example 2cupsCanidae=4cupsDogChow
Anyhow, that is just my two cents worth. If your lab is ideal weight and your happy with the food ...then stick with what your doing :0)
My boys don't get much exercise. On good weather days, we take them to the private dog park and let them run, then do some retrieves with the Chuck-It. On rainy days and Sundays (the park is used for training exercises on Sundays), they don't get any exercise.
Buddy, at 80 pounds, gets a scant 2 cups of Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream a day, plus 2/3 can green beans with about 12 pieces of the low-cal chicken Wellness CORE.
Champ, at 107 pounds, gets a scant 3 cups of Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream a day, plus 1/3 can green beans with about 1/4 cup of the low-cal chicken Wellness CORE.
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Wow, 6 cups on Wellness CORE? That's obscene. I'm sorry (for your budget's sake). Jes currently eats about 2.5 cups of CORE, but he's only 65 lbs. We're in the process of switching back to Eagle Pack because the high protein diets are rough on his reflux.
But back to Sharon's point, it really is all about the body condition. You have to go by how they look, not by how much everyone says they're feeding.