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Old 10-26-2007, 08:39 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

Nellie is now 12 weeks old (she's a Patterdale Terrier) and we've had her on 50g per day of James Wellbeloved Puppy Performance for the last 6 weeks. She was having 4 feeds a day of 12g ish, but she lost interest in the early feed so I've cut her down to 3 per day of about 17g, and start later in the morning.

The thing is, she's suddenly looking very gangly and ribby this week (growth spurt maybe!!!), and her little chubby puppy paunch has vanished. She burns off an awful lot of energy dashing about most days and sleeps less and less.......instinct tells me she needs more food, but according to the label and her weight/age, her daily ration can't increase by more than 5g for some weeks yet.

She's been wolfing her food very enthusiastically, and the label also adds that one should use a little discretion......

What do you think? Thanks for any advice!

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Old 10-26-2007, 08:43 AM   #2
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Puppies grow kind of like kids. They get a little chubby for a while then all of a sudden they grow up and thin out. Rinse and repeat. It wouldn't hurt to increase her food just a little bit if she looks skinny to you and then when she starts filling out a bit you can slow it down again.

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Oh thanks, thats sort of what I was thinking......increase, and if she gets lardy on it, reduce!

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She will go through this honey, it is good for her not to be a rolly polly puppy. 3 feeds now a day is plenty. This is how we start hips problems, joints etc. She will do fine. She is a doll baby also. when she is about 7 months u can go to 2 feedings a day. Lots of exercise also. Keep her wormed, it seems pups pick them up quickly. Have fun, she is sweet.
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I've always fed puppies all they can eat in a 20 minute time span for each meal & have fed three meales a day. I don't adjust that amount unless the pup gorges or over eats.
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Yes I'm quite happy for her NOT to be a chubber, I'm trying to be careful with the length of her walks too for the sake of her hips etc in later life! I just don't want her to be too thin while she's just a pup.

Hmm Katz idea is interesting.....Nellie isn't a greedy feeder, she'll walk away if she doesn't want it, so eating all she wants in a limited time frame might work for her.

She has been successfully wormed too.....at 6 weeks and at 10. I'll prob do it again at 14 weeks, is that right? Will check with the vet......

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Yes one more treatment sounds about right.
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If you take a stool sample to your vet's office, you can identify whether or not there's reason to give a 2nd worming. Sometimes it is necessary & often people will opt to just give a 2nd dosing rather than have the stool sample checked. There's no reason to treat for worms if they don't exist though.

I feed kittens & puppies the exact same way. Most will self-regulate & only eat as much as they need. The day-to-day amount is likely to adjust itself so you can figure out how much to put out for each meal. I've had the occasional baby who would over eat so that method is certainly not foolproof for those so-inclined. I'm absolutely militant about proper weight in my animals & would be quick to adjust a pup or kitten that simply eats too much.

Since you've got her at a stage where she's slightly underweight, I'd give it a try to see if you're just not feeding enough for her stage of development. I'd stick to the 3 meals, the 4th one was probably not as enticing to her. Too much food availability too many times per day can curb their interest.
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