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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-08-2008, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Im currently feeding NB Lamb meal and brown rice and on the bag it calls to feed double what you would feed an adult to a puppy so that would mean kaizer gets 6 cups of food a day or more.

How long should i continue to feed him double the adult amount? Until he is a year? Im confused on this.
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I had a hard time figuring just that thing out.

I fed Echo twice a day 3 cups per feeding.
The vet never gave me a definative answer.
I just monitored his weight, if he looked like he was
getting a little chubs I gut back a half a cup at a time.
He is now 1.5 and gets 2 cups twice a day.

but yea he was about a year, a little over when we started cutting back.

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6 cups is too much, IMO.
I fed Ivy 2 cups of food twice a day and she is 2. I have been feeding her the same amount of food ( 2cups x 2 a day) since she was little. As Foo Lyn Roo said, just monitor the weight, if you dog starts getting a little chubby than you know he is getting to much food, so cut back, and if the dog is still hungry than you may want to feed a little more. all depends on the dog though.....
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Re: Feeding Instr.

To the OP:

How old is your pup?

The food I feed (Canidae ALS) "recommends" the "puppy amount" up to 6 months.

Siren was getting 4 cups a day up to almost 6 months.("Recommended" amount for a 50 to 75 lb puppy is 4 to 5 cups.) Just before 6 months I cut her back to 3 cups. (She started looking a little heavier than I like.) The "recommended" amount for an adult (meaning over 6 months.) is 2 to 3 cups for a 50 to 75 pound dog/pup.

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6 cups a day isn't "too much" if that is how much the dog/pup NEEDS to maintain proper weight. It is only too much if the pup is fat.

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we used NB at one point. we fed 1&1/2 cups in the am. and pm.
5 months later we still feed that amount. we add things to his
food. Chicken (cooked), raw ground beef, yogurt, brown rice,
canned food and some scraps.

my dog is laying on the floor with a bone.
the bone is on hard wood floor and it's
making all of this noise. i just said "Loki, that's loud,
you should put that on the rug". he did it. my GF just laughed out loud. these dogs can't be that smart. i think i'm going
to ask him to take the bone off of the rug.
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My pup is about to turn 6 months old and the only thing it goes by is how much he currently weighs. It reccommends feeding twice the adult amount so like i said he would be getting 3 cups of food 2x a day.

Like i said im totally confused on this.
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6 cups a day isn't "too much" if that is how much the dog/pup NEEDS to maintain proper weight. It is only too much if the pup is fat.
well i agree that 6 cups is way too much imho. but i'll add that what i mean by "too much" is too much volume. if it were me, i'd switch to a food that is denser in calories so that it doesnt take 6 cups to meet the pups nutritional needs.

perhaps thats the line of thinking gsdtrain has as well...

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6 cups a day isn't "too much" if that is how much the dog/pup NEEDS to maintain proper weight. It is only too much if the pup is fat.
well i agree that 6 cups is way too much imho. but i'll add that what i mean by "too much" is too much volume. if it were me, i'd switch to a food that is denser in calories so that it doesnt take 6 cups to meet the pups nutritional needs.

perhaps thats the line of thinking gsdtrain has as well...
I started thinking that might be what was ment by "too much" AFTER I posted and it was too late to edit.

I too feel that 6 cups is too much. And agree that if it is really necessary to feed a dog that much to keep at the correct weight, a change to something higher in calories might be a better choice. BUT sometimes you have to use what you can get or what agrees with the dog. (For instance around here, the only decent kibble that is available is Canidae and Natural Balance. Anything else I would have to drive 70+ miles one way to get. And that is not possible especially in the winter when the highways are likely to be closed. Not to mention the cost, with gas being over $3.50 a gallon. And to get a bag shipped to me from any of the online ordering places would cost $30 PER BAG just for SHIPPING. )

To the OP: since your pup is that old, I would definately NOT be feeding him 6 cups to start. I would start out by feeding him closer to the adult amount for his weight, and see how he does.

What was he eating before and how much was he getting a day?

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Orijen he was gettig about 3 to 4 cups but i believe he has a chicken allergy so i stopped and switched to a beef source EVO. but you cant feed a growing puppy that food right now so i had to find something else and thats when i got the NB.

I too agree 6 cups is too much but they are talking about puppies as the adult weight to cup ratio is decent thats were im confused.

Do i feed him the suggested puppy measurements until he is a year or feed him the suggested adult levels. I cut his food down to about 5 cups a day.

Should i keep doing the 5 cups and monitor he weight? If so when should i go to the adult levels?

If i shouldntn feed that much still how much should i feed (while monitoring he weight of course) and how long should i feed it until i cut back to "adult levels"

Again he is a week from being 6 months.
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hmm, i'd shoot an e mail over to Natural Balance and have them explain it better

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