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    Hi tresurehunt

    I think if I was you, I'd plan on finishing the bag of hills then swapping to something else - but do save about three nights worth of the hills so you can transition from one dog food to the other slowly. Is recommended to swap over 1/4 at a time eg first night 3/4 hills 1/4 the new stuff, next night - half and half, and the next night 1/4 hills and 3/4 new stuff, then the next night - all new stuff...

    How much is the right amount depends on the dog, the dog's weight, how active the dog is, and whether it is desexed. So my dog is very active, but she's desexed. Desexed - you can cut back the food by 1/3 the recommended amount. To start with - I add the low and high end of the range of the amount to feed and divide by two, then I divide that by 2/3 - and that's what I'd feed. If I'm adding casserole, I halve again and feed half the daily dry ration plus a casserole ration. But it was hard to figure out how much casserole was appropriate to feed at all.

    And on top of that I feed treats and kibble as treats when we're out walking and training so I figure that makes up for the extra required by an active dog. And I weigh her from time to time, and measure around her waist. If she was starting to get skinny, I'd increase the food. If she was starting to get fat, I'd decrease it.

    You can also tell a bit by how fast the dog eats it. Ie if my dog leaves any food after 10 minutes, I pack that up, and feed that next time and reduce the total amount by the amount left over. If the food goes extremely quickly and she's losing weight, I up the total by 10% then - 10% again if no change after a week.

    What ever the daily total works out at, split that by two for twice daily feeds.

    Our Aussie terrier used to get half a cup measured, per day, of what we called "worms" which where like dry food only soft - like worms. And she'd get some table scraps. And if the painters were at our house - half of each painter's lunch - ie more than anyone single one of them got. It's those big brown soulful hungry eyes. Poor starving doggy.

    A real lot - depends on the quality of the dog food. Some dog food is pretty close to sawdust - so you have to feed the dog more to keep condition on them.

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    It's only a guide line. If she is a Jack Russell about 6-7 kg's that's about right.
    Dogs need to be on the lean size, you want a waist.

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    what about raw vegetables like carrots etc ?

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    people often place human values on their dogs, and equate how much food a person eats and expects a dog to have the same hunger, i was told give your what you think is right and if they gain weight then reduce it until you notice their weight stabilising.. I know it is a bit of trial and error but has always worked for me

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    I think the figures are: 2% of bodyweight for adult, non-active dog
    3-6% bodyweight for adult active dog... and there are more figures for lactating bitches and elerly, sedentary dogs.

    That said, it IS trial and error, as a number of folks have already said, quite rightly IMO. Ignore the instructions on the bag and start with the 10 minute rule- after 10 mins take away and next feed only give the amount that was eaten last time and then increase/ decrease til you find the right amount. Check your dogs weight regularly- you should be able to feel the ribs without having to press hard against the skin. Keeping dogs a little on the lean side is actaully good for them as it reduces the stress placed on bones and joints- leading to (hopefully) a dog who lives a healthy happy life for longer! The other thing is that it is ok to miss a meal here and there. Dogs in natural environments would binge and fast... pet dogs these days dont, but the occaional missed meal (my dogs miss one day per week) is actually good for them.

    If you want to keep it simple(ish), I'd go with a suggestion made earlier- put some of the kibble in warm water to soften, mix in with a good quality pet mince from your butcher (some do the chicken frame mince which is exactly what it sounds like- chicken carcass smashed into mince which is good for meat and bone content) and maybe add some pulped up fruit and veggies (stick em in blender and add water) and give bones regularly.

    Raw fruit and veg is fine to give as a chew treat, but be aware that dogs don't digest raw fruit, vegetable and plant matter. If you want it to entertain and clean teeth it's fine, but for nutritional value, you have to simulate "pre digested" and pulp it in the blender with water.

    I'm gonna shut up soon... but if it were me, I'd return the food and say your dog wouldn't eat it... then spend some dollars on some of the foods suggested here by others- you really can get better stuff for less than you've forked out. Me? I'd be a bit p***ed at the vet... but that's me :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tresurehunt View Post
    ive been told to give her 150 grams per day with 2 feeds,that's not a real lot of food imo ?
    And they sold you a 15kg bag???? Was that a lifetime supply???

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    Hills SD is definitely one of the better foods. Personally I choose advance. Feeding your dog a premium food will eliminate a lot of health problems and vet bills in the future. You will notice that your dog will have a shinier coat, better breath, better behaviour and won't poo 1000 times a day!! There is less waste in the premium foods because most of the ingredients are used in the body.

    If you can afford to feed them premium food then I recommend that you do it. In my opinion feeding cheap foods is like raising your kids on junk food. It's not good for them, they won't be healthy and their behaviour will be atrocious.

    Good luck!!

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