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How much to feed?

Discussion in 'Health & Nutrition' started by Phillip, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Pup

    I have been feeding my guy Taste of the Wild since he was 8 weeks old. He is now 6 months old and based on his weight (41lbs, I wish he would stop :(), the label says to feed him betwen 3 2/3 cups - 4 2/3 cups. That just seems like a lot. I have been feeding him 3 cups daily (1.5 twice a day). Should I stay with 3 cups a day or up it to the recommeded amount?

    Feeding Guideline <SMALL>(standard measuring cups/day)</SMALL>

    <TABLE class=listTable><THEAD><TR class=light_row><TH>Weight (lbs.)</TH><TH>6 - 12 weeks</TH><TH>3 - 4 months</TH><TH>5 - 7 months</TH><TH>8- 12 months</TH><TH>Adult Dogs</TH></TR></THEAD><TBODY><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 10px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 10px; PADDING-TOP: 0px"></TD></TR><TR class=dark_row><TD>3 - 5</TD><TD>1 - 1 1/3</TD><TD>3/4 - 1 1/4</TD><TD>2/3 - 3/4</TD><TD>1/2 - 2/3</TD><TD>1/3 - 1/2</TD></TR><TR class=light_row><TD>5 - 10</TD><TD>1 1/3 - 2 1/4</TD><TD>1 1/4 - 2</TD><TD>3/4 - 1 1/3</TD><TD>2/3 - 1</TD><TD>1/2 - 3/4</TD></TR><TR class=dark_row><TD>10 -20</TD><TD>2 1/4 - 3 1/2</TD><TD>2 - 3</TD><TD>1 1/3 - 2 1/4</TD><TD>1 - 1 3/4</TD><TD>3/4 - 1 1/2</TD></TR><TR class=light_row><TD>20 - 30</TD><TD>3 1/2 - 4 2/3</TD><TD>3 - 4</TD><TD>2 1/4 - 3</TD><TD>1 3/4 - 2 1/3</TD><TD>1 1/2 - 2</TD></TR><TR class=dark_row><TD>30 - 40</TD><TD>4 2/3 - 5 3/4</TD><TD>4 - 5</TD><TD>3 - 3 2/3</TD><TD>2 1/3 - 3</TD><TD>2 - 2 1/3</TD></TR><TR class=light_row><TD>40 - 60</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>5 - 6 2/3</TD><TD>3 2/3 - 4 3/4</TD><TD>3 - 3 3/4</TD><TD>2 1/3 - 3</TD></TR><TR class=dark_row><TD>60 - 80</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>4 3/4 - 5 3/4</TD><TD>3 3/4 - 4 2/3</TD><TD>3 - 3 3/4</TD></TR><TR class=light_row><TD>80 - 100</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>5 3/4 - 6 3/4</TD><TD>4 2/3 - 5 1/2</TD><TD>3 3/4 - 4 1/3</TD></TR><TR class=dark_row><TD>100 - 125</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>6 3/4 - 8</TD><TD>5 1/2 - 6 1/3</TD><TD>4 1/3 - 5</TD></TR><TR class=light_row><TD>125 - 150</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>6 1/3 - 7 1/4</TD><TD>5 - 5 3/4</TD></TR><TR class=dark_row><TD>150 - 175</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>-</TD><TD>7 1/4 - 9 </TD><TD>5 3/4 - 6 1/2


    As you can see from the chart on the packaging, I was doing good when he was 30-40lbs @ 5-7mos (first underline). But now that he is 41lbs (second underline) what are your thoughts?
  2. farm curs

    farm curs Big Dog

    Forget what the bag says.It really depends on the dog itself.Can you post a pic?
  3. cheese

    cheese Top Dog

    They are in the business of selling dog food so you may not need as much as they say. Just go off how the dog looks imo
  4. Phillip

    Phillip Pup

    Thanks for the replies. Visually he is looking fine. I will need to take some updated pics later today.

    Newb Q's - how much does the amount you feed them dictate their adult size? (I personally do not believe over feeding him would make him grow larger or vice versa, but I thought I would ask).
  5. it really depends on first listed nutrients on the package, and how active your dog is...there is no sense in feeding your dog higher protein food if he's sitting on his rump

    post a photo
  6. jamminbce

    jamminbce Pup

    I feed my dog about 1/3 less than what bag says and shes active and maintains her weight.
  7. mac 11

    mac 11 Banned

    post a pic when you can, but af 41 I think 3 cups a day is good
  8. farm curs

    farm curs Big Dog

    No,not at all.But starvation/malnutrition will effect the dogs growth,and overfeeding can effect joints and such.
  9. brat pack

    brat pack Top Dog

    I have dogs on that food and they get 3 cups a day each. Like the others said it depends on the individual dog.
  10. Phillip

    Phillip Pup

    Snapped this about 20 minutes ago on my phone.

    Weight - 41lbs
    Height - 17in
    Age - Almost 6 mos

  11. mac 11

    mac 11 Banned

    What phone takes pics like that? LOL!
  12. Phillip

    Phillip Pup

    haha HTC Snap


    TRUEPITS Big Dog

    Hey I haev used Taste of the WIld. I recommend Timberwolf Organics instead...
    Just fyi
  14. Phillip

    Phillip Pup

    Why do you recommend it? What in particular do you like over TOTW? What formula are you using and comparing to?
  15. Pit Bull Pride

    Pit Bull Pride Big Dog

    I NEVER follw what the bag says. It always depends on the dog in my experience....
  16. Flipside

    Flipside CH Dog

    I never follow the feeding directions on the back!

    Adults - I start every dog with 2 1/2 cups along with a 1 cup of water. I adjust the feed by eye every couple of days, if he looks a little thin I add 1/2 a cup....if he looks a little heavy I decrease by 1/2 a cup.
    This is just for maintenance!

    Pups - I feed 2 cups of kibble along with 1 cup water in the morning and evening till there a year old!

  17. bigrich

    bigrich Pup

    hi guys i have a 11 week old puppie im feeding him solid gold puppie food i was told its really good food what do you guys think
  18. brat pack

    brat pack Top Dog

    Your dog looks fine to me. It is still a growing puppy.
  19. brat pack

    brat pack Top Dog

    Also, I have fed the Timberwolf too, but it cost me around $60 for a 30lb bag. TOTW is only 45 and I am feeding 5 dogs on it. Timberwolf is good food just too pricey for me.
  20. FrankDublin

    FrankDublin CH Dog

    he is just a pup so feed him till hes full

    at each sitting he will maintain a healthy weight

    6 months at 41lbs is heavy but he may grow to be catch weight

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