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FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS - 8 Weeks Old



1 cup Purina Pro Plan Puppy Chicken and Rice (NOT LARGE BREED) with approximately half a cup of hot water two times a day.


Your currently is not on any Pro Plan canned but you can mix a small tablespoon of canned Pro Plan Puppy if you like


This is what your puppy has been eating and I highly recommend you continue to feed.


My dogs are big eaters. This does not mean they need to eat what they want. This amount should not be increased for the next month (up to 12 weeks old).


Females usually stay on the above amount through their entire life.


Most males may need to be increased to 1.5 cups two times a day, but most do not require any more. You want to be able to feel the backbone and ribs “easily” without pressing firmly into the back, lightly should be enough to determine this! They should feel like your knuckles on the top of your hand. There should not be a layer of padding on them. I do not guarantee fat dogs!


Once your puppy is about 5 to 6 months of age you can change his or her diet to many excellent products on the market. I personally like Purina and Eukanuba until your puppy is 18 months or older do not use the fish only line until completely developed and growth plates are closed.

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Overweight Dogs

Obesity is an extremely common problem in pets and, as with humans, can be detrimental to the health of a dog. The overweight pet has many added stresses upon his body and is at an increased risk of diabetes, liver problems and joint pain.

  1. 1.Obesity develops when energy intake exceeds energy requirements. The excess energy is then stored as fat. Once a pet is obese, he may remain obese even after excessive caloric intake stops. The majority of cases of obesity are related to simple overfeeding coupled with lack of exercise.

  2. 2.Certain groups of dogs appear more prone to obesity than others. Specific breeds (Labrador retrievers and pugs, for example) and older dogs are particularly prone.

  3. 3.Is your dog a hog? As a subjective assessment of body condition, you should be able to feel the backbone and palpate the ribs in an animal of healthy weight. If you cannot feel your pet’s ribs without pressing, there is too much fat.

  4. 4.Also, you should see a noticeable "waist" between the back of the rib cage and the hips when looking at your pet from above. Viewed from the side, there should be a "tuck" in the tummy—the abdomen should go up from the bottom of the rib cage to inside the thighs. Dogs who fail these simple tests may be overweight. 5, 6, & 7. We recommend that you consult your pet’s vet before starting on a weight loss program, which should include these major areas

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  1. 5.Correct Diet
    Overweight animals consume more calories than they require. Work with your veterinarian to determine your pet’s caloric requirements, select a suitable food and calculate how much to feed. The diet should contain a normal level of a moderately fermentable fiber and the type of fat that prevents the skin and coat from deteriorating during weight loss. Diets that dilute calories with high fiber lead to increased stool volumes, frequent urges to defecate and variable decreases in nutrient digestibility.

  2. 6.Exercise
    Increasing physical activity can be a valuable contributor to both weight loss and maintenance. Regular exercise burns more calories, reduces appetite, changes body composition and will increase your pet’s resting metabolic rate.


  3. 7.Owner Behavior Modification
    A successful weight management program requires permanent changes in the behaviors that have allowed the pet to become overweight. Perhaps you are giving your pet too many treats, for example, or not giving him enough opportunities to exercise.

  4. 8.Are you committed to your pet’s weight loss? Here are some important things you can do:
    - Remove the pet from the room when the family eats.
    - Feed your pet several small meals throughout the day.
    - Feed all meals and treats in the pet's bowl only.
    - Reduce snacks or treats.
    - Provide non-food related attention.


http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/overweight-dogs.html

MORE TIPS FROM SPCA


No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Most medium-breed puppies (adult size between 20 and 50 pounds) and all large- or giant-breed pups (more than 50 pounds as adults) are best fed with the portion-control method.

Growth Spurts Can Hurt
If they are allowed to overeat, they can consume too many calories, grow too rapidly and develop bone growth problems. Clinical signs often seen with bone growth disease include bowing of the front legs. Sometimes, these signs are misdiagnosed as calcium deficiency (also known as rickets). Radiographs are crucial for an accurate diagnosis.

Easy Does It
Do not overfeed in an attempt to accelerate a puppy’s growth rate. Remember, the adult size of a dog is determined genetically—not by how fast the animal grows. Controlled feeding of a balanced diet specifically made for large- and giant-breed puppies facilitates optimal skeletal development. It is important to aim for a slower rate of growth with large and giant breed puppies.

Treats for Your Sweets
It is okay to feed your puppy treats. However, treats should make up no more than five percent of your puppy’s daily nutrient intake. The rest of his or her diet should come from a high-quality puppy food.