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Unread 02-09-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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I've had a large mixed puppy for almost three weeks. She will be 13 weeks next Tuesday. She is very (VERY) active. Rather than have her destroy my house we walk (I walk fast, she trots) about 5 miles a day in two or three sessions. This has been cleared by her vet. Now here's the issue: the same vet told me that 1 3/4 cup dry and 1/4 cup wet (Blue Buffalo) was the amount to feed. The first week she was losing weight, I went up to 2 cups dry and 1/2 cup wet and she started gaining again. I would like to cook for her, either one meal a day or perhaps 4 times a week...I'm worried about her getting all the nutrients she needs. This is what I made her for dinner tonight:

3/4 cup ground turkey
1 leaf mustard greens
2 stalks parsley
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup dry Blue Buffalo Puppy
1/4 cup oats
steamed together
mixed with:
1TBSP plain yogurt

and she had two earlier meals, 1/2 cup dry each time.
Does she need supplements?
If I use the same ratios just change the meat and veg, can I feed her this every day?
Can anyone reccommend a good site or thread about cooking for puppies?
She ALWAYS seems hungry...

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Unread 02-10-2013, 09:36 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome aboard to Df Now Iam no expert on dog nutrition but would say a growing puppy needs diffrent things in it's diet that often we can't give! We have a resident dog food guru on here called Vagreys he is better informed to answer your questions and will see this thread and offer his expertise Good luck!!
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Maybe Vagreys will see this and comment.
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cheri, welcome to the Forum! I don't cook for my dogs. Maybe vagreys will see your post, and give you some great advise. He's the best!

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I spoke today to the Blue Buffalo rep. Initially she just tried to switch me to Wilderness. After some prodding she said that if I feed about 1 cup dry per day her nutritional needs will be met and I can cook for her. I'd still like some advice on the ratios...
Tonight I'm making a big meal and will split it in two:
8oz wild salmon
1/2 cup brown rice
1 1/2 cup veg (parsley, romaine, broccoli, carrots)
1/2 cup dry food
4 or 5 blueberries
small amount ofnutritional yeast
1/4 tbs ground eggshell

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