Camellia Camelo and Carol
Join Date: Feb 2012
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I'm not familiar with the foods you're feeding, but they certainly sound okay to me.
So many dogs like mushy kibble (soaked) that if you're happy with the food, you could try boiling water, and then pouring it over the kibble, letting the kibble soak up the water till it gets mushy. Doing this may have an effect on how fast the food is digested.
Potty-times might be affected (sooner rather than later).
Soaking the kibble also removes the chew-factor, and you may want to provide good chew-toys to make up for the loss of chewing meals.
It's a LONG time since I had a puppy that young (1986), but I believe even at 13 weeks, you SHOULD be able to feel the ribs, so unless somebody else here knows different, I'd be glad the ribs can be felt.
A growing puppy usually needs food to grow on, of course. These days, I think people are saying you can change to adult food formulas around the age of four months (say, 17 weeks). You might also ask your breeder all these questions. Really good breeders will help you out and make suggestions, and it's always good to be in touch - always assuming your breeder is of the best!
I believe feeding three times a day is standard for puppies; I also always gave some kind of snack in the evening, before bed-time. I kept that up when my dogs became adults, till one of my dogs got diabetes (these were Australian Terriers), and HE could only have two meals a day, as he got his insulin shots after meals, and the food and insulin have to match up well. (Kumbi, my diabetic dog, lived more than the normal life-span for these dogs,and he died of cancer, NOT diabetes).
Please let us know how things go along for you and CoCo!
Oh, and, pictures, please! haha!
Thu, 10 May 2012 07:31:48 (PDT)