Puppy food and feeding

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Puppy food and feeding

Post by wisbeech »

Hi all,

was just looking for some advice, our pup is 9 month's old. The vet said we should be thinking about switching him off the puppy food.

At the moment he gets two spoons of puppy tinned meat and a good handful of kibble three times a day.

I've been told dry kibble is good for the teeth, (required level of chewing), and makes his movements more predictable.

My question is, do I give progressively less tinned, and more kibble till its all kibble? Should we keep him on the puppy kibble till he is a year old and then switch to adult kibble?

Just don't want to do the wrong thing!

Any advice or experience would be gratefully received.

thanks in advance.

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Re: Puppy food and feeding,

Post by zeta1454 »

Hello Tony and welcome to the Forum :)

For the past 14 + years we have fed our dogs a complete raw food and, apart from how finely minced the meat is, have not fed any different food to puppies from adults. From 4-5 weeks old up to our eldest dog who was 14 in July, all eat the same food and thrive on it. Their teeth have remained good into their senior years and no problems at all with bowel movements. Good health overall comes from the best nutrition and for dogs that means avoiding a diet high in carbohydrates and minimally processed.

If teeth could be kept clean by chewing biscuits, the toothbrush manufacturers would all be out of business. We attended a dental health evening at our vets a few years ago - the vet surgery is supplied with Royal Canin food to promote to their clients and a speaker from RC was there to talk about their kibble and she had to admit when questioned by the vet nurse that the dogs would need their teeth brushed as well to keep them free of plaque.

Gnawing on a raw bone can help to remove tartar and plaque from dogs’ teeth and there are variations in dental health generally among dogs due to heredity factors. Our miniature schnauzers have more issues with plaque for example than our affenpinschers despite all getting the same food and chews. However the fresher the diet and the least high in carbohydrates is a good place to start. Kibble by its very nature is highly processed and many of the vet-promoted kibble brands are poor quality at premium prices. The biggest brands are owned by confectionery giants such as Mars and Nestlé or cleaning products manufacturers such as Colgate Palmolive:

https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/artic ... rporations

I would definitely recommend looking at all the options available for feeding your mini schnauzer - even if you don’t want to feed raw, there are other options and the quality of different foods is very variable and not always reflected in the price. You want a high meat content (75-80%) low carbohydrates and only vegetables / oils added if needed. Check the ingredients in detail on whatever food you choose for your puppy and, if there are things you don’t recognise or which are not specifically identified then look for one that is better.

Just to show the difference, here is an example of a quality food for dogs, if you check the ingredients and other information you will see how much detail is provided:

All ingredients are Human Grade, certified Farmer Assured meat and Organic vegetables and herbs. Lean Grass Fed Beef (68.65%), Grass Fed Ox Heart (14.97%), Grass Fed Ox Liver (6.40%), Grass Fed Ox Rib (2.24%), Grass Fed Ox Spleen (1.25%), Organic Pumpkin Seeds (1.02%), Organic Cold Pressed Hempseed Oil (0.95%), Organic Purple Sweet Potato (0.62%), Organic Red Cabbage (0.60%), Organic Courgette (0.50%), Organic Mooli (0.50%), Organic Sundried Tomatoes (0.50%), Himalayan Pink Rock Salt (0.37%), Cod Liver Oil (0.31%), Organic Ginger (0.25%), Organic Spinach (0.25%), Organic Wheatgrass (0.25%), Wild Grown Seaweed (0.25%), Organic Parsley (0.12%).

The above list of ingredients is from Nutriwolds:
https://www.nutriwolds.co.uk/collection ... asted-beef

And this is a Royal Canin dry puppy food ingredient list:

Composition: Dehydrated poultry protein, rice, animal fats, vegetable protein isolate, maize, beet pulp, maize flour, hydrolysed animal proteins, maize gluten, minerals, fish oil, soya oil, fructo-oligo-saccharides (0,34%), hydrolysed yeast (source of manno-oligo-saccharides), yeasts extracts (source of betaglucans), marigold extract (source of lutein).

The latter is not, in my view food for a puppy but a collection of cheap by-products and fillers pulverised and heat treated at high temperatures to make a biscuit and then vitamins and minerals added afterwards. I may have chosen one of the best and one of the worst examples but there are plenty of other options in between :)

Have a browse through the All About Dog Food website for more details on specific brands and check out the book ‘The Forever Dog’ which has plenty of information on how to keep your dog fit and well through good nutrition.


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Re: Puppy food and feeding

Post by Dawnspell »

In addition to everything Leigh has said something to keep in mind is generally the higher the quality food, you feed less of it. So although some foods appear more expensive than others for the same quantity bag you feed less, so overall it doesnt really work out more expensive but youre feeding fillet steak compared to macdonalds =))

It can be very confusing looking through all the foods. There are filters on the allaboutdogfood to make it easier to thin the options down, feel free to ask more questions if youre not sure about anything.
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