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    Question Wet or Dry Food.

    Hi all, How are we on this sunny day?

    I was wondering if i could ask a question,

    My family and I are getting a flat coated retreiver puppy on the 16th nov 2010. And i was just wondering do puppy's need wet and dry food, or only wet, or only dry? We will be feeding her ADVANCE, as that is what the breeder recommened and use's.

    Many thanks
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    Horses for courses. The best food for your dog is the food your dog does best on.

    If you want to only feed dry, and your dog is happy and healthy with this diet, then only feed dry. If you want to feed a mix and your dog is happy an dhealthy with a mix, then feed a mix.

    Keep in mind regardless of what you choose to feed that your dog requires the benefit of bones for teeth cleaning at the very least.

    Personally, I feed raw (minces and veges), sometimes sardines, a bit of yoghurt, raw eggs and a small amount of kibble daily. I do sometimes also feed Nature's Gift tinned food when I haven't any mince. My dogs are also regularly given large raw bones to gnaw on for teeth cleaning.
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    Is there a right food for a puppy? Or particular breed?

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    Hi Taraboombara

    There's no right or wrong food. There's what is good for your puppy and the right quantity. The puppy foods have higher fat content and are fed at higher rates for growing puppies or pregnant bitches with puppies growing inside.

    If your puppy looks good, is happy and active and has normal not porridge poos - then all is good.

    I started with advance and was having trouble with puppy diarrhea. I switched up to Nutro Natural choice and so far so good. But I also like to mix the kibble with a couple of spoonfuls of plain yogurt (european style not bitter greek style), and I feed a home made chicken casserole. And sometimes I feed bones but that seems fraught with peril (vomit, diarrhea, gut blockages or perforations) and I take them away as soon as she starts to munch up the hard bits into splinters.

    This website (I keep plugging this one - and I have no affiliation) helps you decide which dry food is best quality.
    The Dog Food Project - How does your Dog Food Brand compare?

    Also look for "made in Australia" (advance and nutro natural choice are made in Australia under licence to American company Mars).

    The ingredient list on a tin of dog food is quite scary but there are alternatives in the fridge section of supermarkets and a lot of butchers and pet care supplies shops have started selling their own made stuff.

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    There is just so much choice out there. And we want her to have a good balanced diet, but I'm just so lost on what to feed a large breed puppy.

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    Speak to your breeder. They are probably the best to advise. Alternatively, I bet if you do a search on your dogs breed and the words "chat" or "forum" you will probably find a specific forum filled with other owners of the same breed who can advise.
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    Okay thanks. Does anyone know someone who own's a flattie?

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    There's two curly coat retrievers that exercise from time to time on the same oval as Frosty and I. I'm not sure if they are "flatties" though - how do you tell? I could ask the owner what he feeds his dogs. Might be a few days before we catch up though. Like next week.

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    curly's have a curly coat, looks like they have been permed. Where a flattie looks like a golden retreiver. They have a long coat with a sort of wave in it.

    Thanks so much that would very helpful

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    Can I suggest "Vet's All Natural". I feel my Flat-coated retriever this along with raw mince & veg (and Royal Canin biccies) and he loves it. It's $50 for a 5kg bag which sounds like a lot but it will last my pup about 3-4 months so it's great value for money and full of good NATURAL ingredients. They have a range of great products, my boy also loves the mince. You dont have to buy it online, I buy mine from Pet Stock.

    Dr Bruce's Vets All Natural

    PS If you want I can email you a picture of my pup so you can compare to what your breeder has. And some advice about Flatties - they dont like repetition! Ie, he wont chase the ball for hours on end. You have to be inventive!

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