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I love Frenchies! You are right, that does seem like a lot of food for a dog her size
How often do you feed her? How much does she weigh?
It also seems strange that that amount doesnt change until 10 months old, regardles of growing or weight gain
we feed her 3 times a day currently, and she weighs about 5 pounds now
Yep, weight ranges on a bag are based on a nonneutered very active dog
well, she isnt spayed yet, she is a bit too young, but she will be
How much are you feeding and how does she look
They base the bag amount on the highest caloric intake dog so you give more daily and have to buy more frequently
right now, we are giving her 1/8 of a cup 3 times a day, plus she has chew things that she eats. She looks good, but i think she should be getting more
That is a normal amount for a growing dog her size. Let me see what the calories are in the food, be right back
ok, thank you
Are you feeding the labrador puppy? That is number 33
no, this was the food the pet store gave us because it was what she was eating before we got her. She is not a labrador
I understand but the bag number 33 is labrador puppy
but it is mini puppy 33
it doesnt say anything about labrador on the front, it says dogs up to 20 po9unds
OK, well it does not have the calories on the website. If she is looking good but still hungry because she is going through a growth spurt I would consider increasing the evening +/- morning to 1/3 cup
I think you may be looking at labrador retriever 33, this is mini puppy 33
OK, we will do that. Is there any sort of table for how we should be changing the amount of food she receives as she gets older?
It's ok, we can figure it out without the calories which are not listed on the website anyway
wait, i have that, tis on the bag
I usually recommend watching as they grow to make sure they are still lean and not getting heavy
4227 kilocalories per kg or 501 kilocalories per cup
It is hard to assess on each individual dog so it is best to see how she grows, how much exercise she gets, how her weight looks on a body condition score
Wow, that is the highest kcal/cup I think I have ever seen!
I wouldn't increase her diet if that is the case...
OK, then next question...should we be putting her on different food?
Most puppy foods are between 380-450 kcal/cup
What have you used in the past for your dogs?
never had one, this is my first dog
OK, where do you usually go to get your dog food?
we are still on the first bag that we got at the pet store...we got her on new years eve
Is it petsmart, petco, or a local store?
well, that one was a local store, but far from where we live, probably we will be shopping at petco from now on
specifically the large one in Union Square in NYC
A local feed store then?
I have a tendency to feed organic diets, less preservatives/by-products so healthier. It depends on where you buy on what you can get
I prefer that, buy local not commercial!
OK, i am a fan of small business :-)
Plus, the staff is usually much more educated on the diets and usually carry more of the organic options
what brands would you suggest for her. Like if you were getting a 3 month old french bulldog tomorrow, what would you feed her?
I personally tend to feed Eukanuba puppy and once old enough, 10 months or so use a diet called Prairie. My chihuahua puppy just went directly to the prairie diet because small breed dogs don't necessarily need puppy food
Also decreases the risk of food allergies
It is by nature's variety
I like the prairie because it is meant to be a rotational diet, so every bag you chance to a different flavor and do not have to rotate slowly, say over a week. It gives them a variety in their routine and isn't as mundane
But the Eukanuba Puppy is great and what I feed my large breed dogs as puppies before adjusting them to the adult diet
I meant corporate
Unfortunately few organic diets have a puppy option as I found out when I went shopping for my Chihuahua
I have seen Eukanuba before, I can definitely get that, but I have not seen Prairie. Is it readily available?
You can go to the nature's variety website and put in your location and it will pull up anyone who might sell it in your area. If it isn't an option you are welcome to let me know and I can give you some alternatives
You can also ask your veterinarian which diet he/she recommends as well
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