Should I switch to a higher calorie food, and feed less?
My wife and I have a fifteen week old GSD/Labrador puppy that we have had for about five weeks now. We transitioned her off the breeder food and have had her on Wellness Super5Mix LBP for about a month. Everything seems fine but she still seems a little small and skinny (she was 12 lbs at 13 weeks at the vet so probably 14 lbs or so now), and her poops are pretty massive (lol), although not too soft really. We were feeding her about 1.75 cups/day but the vet said to feed her a bit more since she was pretty skinny, so we bumped it to 2.25 cups/day. It just seems like a lot of food and contributing to these large poops. I do supplement with some wet food about 40% of her feedings while taking some dry out. I'm wondering if it may be a better idea to get a food like Orijen/Acana/Go with more calories/cup and feed a bit less, and perhaps she'll get more calories while lowering her "output".
I have done a ton of research and am very aware of calcium levels in foods for puppies and that we don't want to grow her too fast. Maybe she needs a food with a higher fat content, the Wellness is only 12%. I am wondering however if I should maybe go into a regular puppy food (with lower calc/phos levels) also since I don't think she is going to be much over 45 - 50 lbs.
Anyway, any input is appreciated.
Last edited by Potatohead; 11-05-2013 at 10:01 PM.