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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-08-2010, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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4 1/2 month old german shepherd diet

well she used to be on raw/kibble mix which i loved but she got really sick with parvo (2 weeks ago) and now we cant do that diet. we have her on natural balance LIMITED INGREDIENT DIET since we arent sure how her stomache would react to the raw or anything else. we are feeding her canned food and dry food mix. right now im feeding her a can in the morning and 1/4 cup mix, 1/2 cup dry at lunch, and 1 can and 1/2 cup at night. she seems like shes still starving after we feed her, should we be giving her more a day? how much should we feed her of this diet a day do you think? shes 41lbs and about 18 weeks.
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I think you should be feeding him more and a different food. Why are you feeding him wet food if he might have stomache issues?

You need to switch to a food with a lower amount of calcium to help support her joints.

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this is the ONLY food she will eat after she got sick, she wont eat anything else, trust me i have tried everything. i dont think there is anything bad about the food and its pretty bland for her stomache, i just want to know how much to feed her.
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That doesn't sound like enough. The best way to judge is keep an eye on her actual weight which should be increasing and on her ribs. You want her lean, but not skinny. The ribs should be easy to feel and see a few of them, but they shouldn't feel sharp. If she starts getting a little pudgy, then you can cut back.

There is nothing wrong with what you are feeding her as long as it's agreeing with her. She does have special feeding needs after the damage that parvo did to it. Feed what works.

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thank you, how much would you suggest? i was thinking 1 can and 1/2 cup in the am, 1 cup at lunch, 1 can 1/2 cup at dinner time. sound like enough? or should it be 1 can 1 cup to make it around 5 cups a day roughly. i just dont want her growing too fast and disruppting joint growth. she only eats this food (allergic to grains also), nothing else since she knows what agrees with her.
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No dog is allergic to grains in general. They might have problems with some or even a lot of them, but there is no such thing as a general grain allergy. She may well have problems with various meats too.

I would be cutting out as much of the canned food as possible and I don't believe in limiting kibble to puppies unless they are one of the few that will gorge themselves. Puppies are busy growing and go through growth spurts where they need to increase their food intake some days and not others. You can still keep an eye on how much your puppy is eating by measuring how much you put down for dinner and how much is left when she's done. I would feed as much as she wants of the dry kibble three times a day and pick it up between meals.

Don't worry about the growing too fast thing, just keep an eye on her weight so she stays a lean machine. Your girl has a damaged GI tract and who knows how well she's absorbing things. See what happens when you let her eat as much dry kibble as she wants three times a day; be sure to pick it up when she's done eating. People put way too much thought into how much their puppy needs to eat; they look at the bag, they ask other people, when they should be letting their puppy tell them by making sure they keep gaining weight while staying lean.

If you don't want to try this, then I would go with how much you were thinking and take it from there. She clearly needs more to eat.

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Have you seen the feeding guidelines for puppies on their website, that might help you. I don't know which formula you are feeding.

**** Van Patten's Natural Balance® L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets® Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Formula For Dogs and Puppies

I am glad your puppy is at home and doing well after the parvo.

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Do you realize that too much calcium can cause her to grow too fast and ruin bones/joints?

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This puppy has bigger problems right now than worrying about that. It's not like he's adding extra Ca to the diet.

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this food actually has less calcium than most large breed puppy foods, such brands as eagle pack and other big names have 1.5% min calclium, this only has 1.2%. we are going to wean her off the wet food, only kept her on it since the vets recommended it until she was 100% back to normal, going to try to give her 6-7 cups of dry a day and go from there.
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