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Our new puppy will be coming home in two weeks. She hasn't had a lot of time eating from her mother. She had a big litter & has been really weak. The breeder has the mom with the pups on and off throughout the day & has been feeding the puppies formula when the mom can't be there. We really want to put her on food that will help make up for what she isn't getting from her mom. She is healthy, but we want to make sure she stays that way.

Our last puppy was on Iams. He is now on Eukanuba and we were thinking of putting our newest addition on the puppy formula of Eukanuba too. If anyone has any thoughts we would appreciate it. Thanks for the input.
 

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If your puppy is 6 weeks now (which she should be if she is coming to you in 2 weeks) she should be weaned by now.

I personally don't like either Euk or Iams - do you only have grocery store brands available to you?
 

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It would probably be best to keep your pup on what ever food the breeder weans her onto to avoid any stomach upsets. You can change her food to one of your choice once she has settled in with you.
 

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It would probably be best to keep your pup on what ever food the breeder weans her onto to avoid any stomach upsets. You can change her food to one of your choice once she has settled in with you.
+1 and to the OP, there is nothing wrong feeding Euk or Iams. Good luck!
 

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I would keep puppy on what the breeder is feeding until puppy is settled into your home. Toilet training a puppy is hard enough without having to deal with the runs at the same time! When puppy has established itself in your home look at changing to a brand you like.

This website is a good way to look at different food brands for your puppy:
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
 

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Feed a Large Breed Puppy formula -- it has correct amounts of calcium and phosphorus to prevent premature maturation of the joints which often causes later problems (as many as 1 in 3 Labs).

 

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First of all, do not take the puppy home before 8 weeks of age. If they are still nursing and the breeder is supplementing with formula, that sounds like they are less than six weeks right now.

Second, use whatever the breeder is using to feed them after they are weaned, at least for the first couple of months. Some breeders will require that you use a certain food for puppyhood. Do you have a contract with the breeder?
 

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IF/WHEN you do change formulas, brands, the accepted way to do it is over a 10-14 day period -- 3-4 days of 3 parts familiar, 1 part new (3F: 1N), followed by 3-4 days 2F:2N, followed by 3-4 days 1F:3N, followed by 4N.


 

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I've had the best success w/ uniform, slower growth using Euk Lg Breed puppy thru age one. I have tried other "better" formulas only to see knuckling or other uneven growth as early as 5-6 wks. The Ca/P is scaled down in Euk lbp to the right levels for my lines, apparently.

I agree w/ the others to be sure not to push that 8 wk window. Anne
 

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at this point the breeder should already be supplementing their feeding with puppy food. I was feeding my pups food at 3 weeks. By 4 weeks Lily really did not want to nurse them at all any more. She did so maybe only once a day. I fed them puppy food ground down with formula and water in it and soaked it. By the time they went home at 7-8 weeks they were eating kibble on their own.
 

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at this point the breeder should already be supplementing their feeding with puppy food. I was feeding my pups food at 3 weeks. By 4 weeks Lily really did not want to nurse them at all any more. She did so maybe only once a day. I fed them puppy food ground down with formula and water in it and soaked it. By the time they went home at 7-8 weeks they were eating kibble on their own.
I agree-- every mom and situation is different on nursing but I usually HAVE to start getting some solid food (gruel type) in them by 4 wks at the very latest, usually give a bit of first gruel by 3 wks, at least one meal a day. As soon as I've started them on kibble/gruel, they sure "sprout" in a hurry. :)

How old is this puppy???? Anne
 

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She is now 6 weeks old & the breeder has her on canned food in the morning & dry food at night. She is currently on Pedigree puppy.
 

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She is now 6 weeks old & the breeder has her on canned food in the morning & dry food at night. She is currently on Pedigree puppy.
I would never, ever, ever feed any animal I own Pedigree food. It's a terrible food IMO and would be better as a lawn fertiliser. AND, if I was looking for a puppy and the breeder told me they were feeding Pedigree Pal to the litter I would question the breeder I am buying my puppy from.
 
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