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Food recommendations

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My 10 week old puppy has been on Royal canin since we got him from the breeder (we didn't want to make a drastic change to his food until he gets used to his new home). He eats way less than what's recommended on the package (they recommend from 3/4 to 1cup per day) he eats About 1/4 cup per day.
What should we do?
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I wouldn't worry about it. The recommendations on a bag are always too much. Companies are out to sell dog food. If you feed the recommended amount, your dog will get fat. My guys are 15 and 16 lbs and when they ate kibble only got 1/2 cup a day total. They also got chicken and treats but the calories came to about 300-325 per day. Bella is 7 lbs and a finicky eater. She hardly eats anything.
Your pup is probably a typical hav and picky. If it worries you, add something tasty to the dry food. I use to add boiled chicken
Once he gets settled consider switching his food. That brand is not a good dog food. If you need to stick with dry consider Fromm. Nothing from China and not too much protein for a puppy.
I feed the raw to my boys but it is costly….Bella won't touch it so she eats Fromm.





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Re: food reccs & picky eater

we’d be interested to know; “how you keep your puppy\dog eating?”
Risa is sometimes finicky about eating AND
we now know ‘Far More Than We Ever Wanted To Know’ about dog foods!
attempting to avoiding any mfgr that has had a recall, we have been feeding her the dry food from NutriSource ( Tuffy’s Pet Foods, KLN Enterprises ).

She really liked the Grain Free Chicken Formula in the beginning and then began ignoring it ?:o(
kinda feel like I’m somehow cheating, but now I grind the kibble in a small food processor, soak it in warm water & stir in about 1/4 tsp of minced\chopped Turkey Hot Dog*
The BOWL IS OFTEN LICKED CLEAN !:o)

Currently we are offering her 1/3 cup of said kibble twice a day … most of the time she finishes it … BTW at 5 months she weighed 9.1 lbs ( we can still see her ribs !:o)
*the hot dogs are left over from when we used tiny chunks of them in early training ( “Risa Come”, “Sit”, “Down” etc !:o) not sure wat to do when this last one runs out …
thinking of trying North Atlantic Cod Liver Oil in its place ( stay tuned !:o)

anywho … suggestions & tips welcomed.

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When mine were baby's I would cook up a couple chicken breasts and cut into small bites. I then added some natural no salt broth and put into ice cube trays. I would defrost one cube for each meal but I shared it with two. They would eat their whole bowl. I feed Formms now but don't know if they have a puppy formula. I've heard good things about that company. I also add freeze dried food called honest kitchen . Because I wanted mine to step up with better food. I have found that mine do get tired of the same thing so I've switched several times. I really like Acanna but Zoey didn't because it was to rich for her. The Formms as a base agrees with her. Maddie does't drink enough water and I really should be giving her 100% canned food.But I'm on a budget. Canned food is better than a dried for any dog.

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We got our Lucy the beginning of July. She will be four months old the first of September and weighs almost 5 pounds. The breeder gave us some of the food she had been eating. It was not available locally and didn't feel it was the best food out there. We bought some grain free Blue Buffalo for puppies and gradually mixed it in with the food the breeder gave us. She didn't seem to notice the difference and eats well on the Blue Buffalo. I do mix a little warm water in it.
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My pup is 15 weeks old(yesterday)when we got her she was on science diet(yuck) first thing we did was gradually switch her to Taste of the wild Bison immediately and she loves it and she is a light eater and she was 10 weeks old when we brought her home. I couldn't wait to get her off that food and she did great! If you don't want your baby on that food switch her but gradually your baby will do great no worries..

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Chloe was started on Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Small Breed Natural Chicken & Oatmeal Puppy Food - I wanted to switch to TOTW and tried but at the time (she was younger), the kibbles were to big for her (even the puppy kind) and she would just swallow them whole and then vomit from not chewing and eating way too fast. So I stopped and suck with BB - but I think I might switch her eventually to TOTW - that's some good dog food.

Chloe eat 2x a day 1/4 cup. If I went by the label 1/2 - 1 cup each feeding she would be huge. I'm sure she is around 7lbs now. At last visit she was 6.4lbs.



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Hey Marbel yes the kibble is a bit large what I had to do was make in small bits for her. I did that up until last week thank god! But yes it was kinda big especially at 10 weeks.. I wanted to put her on TOTW Salmon but the store was sold out I just got another bag of the bison but when its gone I think I may switch to the Salmon maybe?

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Oh forgot Darla eats 2x a day too but she won't eat 1/4 cup at her feedings ,I try but she is obviously full especially when I hear that belch LOL! Maybe she's full from her treats but I break those in quarters 1 kibble who knows life is crazy here

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Hey Marbel yes the kibble is a bit large what I had to do was make in small bits for her. I did that up until last week thank god! But yes it was kinda big especially at 10 weeks.. I wanted to put her on TOTW Salmon but the store was sold out I just got another bag of the bison but when its gone I think I may switch to the Salmon maybe?

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Yes, that is very good the Salmon, I would highly recommend that one. I didn't think of making them smaller - she loved it though. I still have my bag of food. Once all her adult teeth come in we will try the switch again. There are a couple stores near that sells TOTW but only one that carries the puppy kibbles.


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