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post #21 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-03-2014, 05:16 PM
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As a comparison when Colbie was 12 weeks old she weighed 5 lbs.

At 10 months she weighs 11 lbs. I feel and the vet agrees she is a good weight for her.

She currently gets about 300 calories a day including treats. When she was younger it was closer to 400 calories a day.

Colbie's parents are 10.5 and 11 pounds.

As long as Prince is eating, drinking and active and you can feel his ribs as described, I wouldn't fixate on the number of calories. If his weight starts to get too high you can cut back on the amount of kibble or treats, exercise more or a combination of the two.

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You could ask your breeder or vet for an idea of how much Prince should be eating per day. Just remember that puppies require more calories than adult dogs so you can't exactly compare what he eats to everyone else on the forum.
Breeder told me 1/4 cup per meal, and 3 meals a day.
but she didn't mention about the treats...

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That is the same amount my breeder told me to feed Molly when I brought her home at 10 1/2 weeks. She also got one hard biscuit in the evening and several low calorie treats I was using for training during the day. Remember if you have changed food from what the breeder was feeding to check the amounts they recommend on the bag. Most dog food companies have customer service people that are very helpful with questions also.

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Dog food companies are in the business of selling dog food; therefore, feeding recommendations printed on a bag of kibble are often unreliable.

The Ideal Dog Weight System
Used by Veterinarians

Here’s a solution that works for all dogs…

The very best way to determine your dog’s ideal weight is to use the exact same method used by veterinarians… the Purina Body Condition System.


The Body Condition System uses two simple techniques to rate the state of your dog’s body…

- Visual inspection
- Palpation (using the sense of touch)

By using your senses of sight and touch, you assign your dog to one of three categories:

- Too Thin
- Ideal
- Too Heavy

Your rating will be based upon comparing your dog’s appearance to a standardized diagram — and then palpating (feeling) for his ribs and frame.

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Originally Posted by Carmenchanwong View Post
OMG ! Prince only 11 weeks and have about 350cal/day
Am I feeding him too much ?
No, puppies need more calories

I actually give 300-325 calories per day in food plus treats.

My guys are older so their metabolisms have slowed down a bit.

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Thanks Traci. Actually Cary is about 30 minutes further. Phydeaux where I have been buying the Ziwipeak is in Chapel Hill so it's a bit closer coming from Winston-Salem. I am going to try ordering online this time and see how long it takes to get to me.
I order ZiwiPeak from Chewy.com they ship super fast.

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Originally Posted by Carmenchanwong View Post
Prince shows no interest on kibbles that breeder gave me, I switch it to Formm Puppy Gold , and he loves it, empty the bowl in 2 mins.
He does poops a lot, 4 times a days, and he's getting a lot bigger in just a week. I'm kind worry about his weight.
Maybe I should try the ziwipeak instant dry kibble.
besides, he sleeps a lot. Wake up at 6, napping from 8:00-10;00, and again at 2:00-4:00.
That's a good food. It never has recalls and doesn't have any thing from china. I just switched My two off it because Zoey developed a anal gland problem. So I went with one with more fiber.

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Just an FWI, my Zoe has always been a picky eater but, based on our vet's suggestions, I tried her on Evo grain free turkey and chicken small bites. So far she eats it and her poop has been fine.
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Old thread...

My two cents: Most of the dogs I've met who are picky eaters are fed kibble. I've done lots of research and feel kibble is the least desirable/healthy food for my Havanese.

Videos from Dr. Karen Becker, DVM:
Dr. Karen Becker: The Best and Worst Types of Dog Foods (Video)
Dr. Karen Becker: How to Choose a Good Dog Food (Video)
Dr. Karen Becker: How to Choose a Good Dog Food - Part 2 (Video)

Kibble: Never A Good Option - Dogs Naturally Magazine

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The List of Best-to-Worst Foods
1. Balanced, raw, homemade diet
2. Commercially available raw diet
3. Cooked, balanced homemade diet
4. Human-grade canned food
5. Human-grade dry food
6. Super premium canned food
7. Super premium dry food
8. Veterinary-recommended canned food
9. Veterinary-recommended dry food
10. Grocery store brand canned food
11. Grocery store brand dry food
12. Semi-moist pouched food
13. Unbalanced, homemade diet – raw or cooked

Raw Meat: The Completely Healthy 'Pet' Diet Your Vet Probably Vilifies

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