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    Hi there, new to the forum heard it is great. I have a 13month old male chocolate lab he is desexed and about 40kgs and very active, comes to work with me every day and is exercised about 2hrs a day.

    I've been feeding him Royal Canin lab junior 33 which has been fantastic, I'm changing him to adult food and am after suggestions as to an affordable, nutritious food to feed him. As the Royal Canin adult food suggests I feed him 6cups a day... At $100 a bag. it wont last long.

    As he is my first dog i don't have much of an idea as what to feed him. I have asked the vet and store where i buy his food what they think i should feed him but feel they are profit margin based.

    You feed back would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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    Welcome

    If you're set on feeding only dry food, try 'Black Hawk' food, do a google search and see if it's stocked near you or otherwise you can buy it cheap-ish online I think I pay about $90 for a 20kg bag. It's excellent stuff, no preservatives or anything artificial and the ingredients are as 'real' as dry food ingredients can be. My dogs really thrive on it and you don't have to feed much at all!

    If you're not set on dry food only then search this forum on BARF feeding. It's basically all raw, natural food which is obviously what dogs are meant to eat. I generally do a mix between raw food and Black Hawk kibble

    Just remember that whatever you're feeding, large (can't be swallowed), uncooked (can't splinter) bones, such as shin bones or marrow bones should be fed to make sure his teeth and gums stay nice and healthy

    Some pictures of your boy would be fantastic!

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    I never go with what vets recommend as it is just them trying to get you to buy it at their prices IMO.

    I'd probably go the black hawk as well, I haven't tried it with my two but I would if I could find a supplier that isn't so far away!

    I feed my two advance adult chicken, I get a breeders bag which is 20kg and costs me around $85.00... I do get it through a breeder though so she gets discounts.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Its a lab, it will probably take to the change rapidly lol whatever you decide.
    Im a raw person myself, others will recommend black hawk. Never trust the advise to buy any particular brand, if that person sells what they recommend. ie. your vet.

    But, occasionally, i have bought woof mix, as that's all my purse allowed. And i dont beat myself up over it. Starve or woof mix, choice is simple.
    But other than that. Raw.

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    Hi Roco, I could be very wrong, but I thought large breeds stayed on puppy food until 18-24 months?

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    IVe just spotted the age of the lab.
    yes id say this is too early to swap for a larger breed. 18 months for a non conformation show dog is what i thought.
    Last edited by bernie; 04-08-2013 at 07:50 AM.

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    Thanks for your feedback. I will keep feeding him puppy food for awhile longer, the packet says to feed it to him till he is 15months.

    I have tried uploading pics but cant figure out how, it says they are there but i cant find them. Cheers.

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    Thanks for your feedback. I will keep feeding him puppy food for awhile longer, the packet says to feed it to him till he is 15months.

    I have tried uploading pics but cant figure out how, it says they are there but i cant find them. Cheers.

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    Roco, please dont take offence but at 40kgs a lab is overweight. Start him overweight and he could end up like Harry who comes to the Canine Fitness Centre and weighs 80plus.
    Do not follow the feeding instructions on any dog food bag as every dogs metabolism is different. In your case I would cut his kibble in half and bulk it out with cooked pumpkin until he looses at least 5 kilos. You can then cut down on the pumpkin andincrease the kibble a cup at a time until you can maintain his weight around 30 to 35 kilos.

    Because Labs are cold climate dogs, they have a genetic propensity to turn excess food into fat so that they do not get cold. But with our temperate climate they do not need that extra layer of fat so make sure you are not overfeeding him.

    Here at the kennel we use Pro Pac and Earthborn. Our own dogs are on Earthborn Coastal Catch or Primitive Natural. My biggest dog, a BC at 25kilograms, gets 1.5 cups of kibble a day, with a turkey neck from time to time. If he goes through a highly active phase and starts dropping weight , his ration is increased to 2 cups until he is back up to his best.
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

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    im going against the grain here for most people but we feed either eukanuba or supercoat (purina) depending on what we can afford that fortnight, recommended amount is 2 cups a day for her weight. and to mix it up get chicken necks and dog mince from the butcher, if its on special i get the good quality tinned meat from woolies and for a treat she gets a bone our butcher sells them in 2 packs already split, ill be honest she only gets one of those every now and then MAYBE once a month she gets the necks more often, she also gets our table scraps if they are appropriate. i think the most important thing to remember when buying a commercial food is making sure the first ingredient and preferably the second and third are meat not carbs or meat by product (there is going to be meat byproduct in most dog foods but you dont want it to be high up in the list) and also look for preservatives and artificial flavourings just like with your own food

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