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    Quote Originally Posted by K2BC View Post
    Hello, me again lol


    We currently have Sookie on Advance - but we are now confused by how much she should be eating.

    This is the feeding guide (hope the link is ok)
    Products | ADVANCEĀ® Pet Nutrition

    She is 3.7kg and is 8 weeks on Wednesday. Can anyone help us with how much she should be getting???

    Thanks
    Sookie's weight is at the light end of the scale, have you weighed her since you have brought her home or did the breeder give you her weight and if so, when was she weighed. Reason I ask, is that whilst female Lab pups are normally lighter than males, she should still be around the 5kg mark at 8 weeks.

    How much has the breeder told you to feed her per day?

    Normally 8 week old pups if only being fed kibble, should be fed around 2.5 cups per day, so you divide this total amount over 3 meals. For your pup being as small as she is, I would probably start her off on approx 2 cups per day rounding to say 3/4 of a cup per meal for 3 meals a day. I would see how she goes with this amount over the next couple of weeks and if she is gobbling up each meal in typical Labrador gutsy fashion, then I would increase to 3 cups per day, i.e. 1 cup per meal, by the time she is 10/11 weeks old.

    The following will give you an idea on what the recommended number or cups per day is for Lab pups of average size at the various ages. You need to take into consideration your girl's size and the fact that she is lighter than the normal Lab female puppy weight, so you will need to adjust the following, hence my recommendation to start at 2 cups per day and increase to 3 cups per day by the time she is 10/11 weeks old if she can handle that amount then. You will proably find that 3 cups is all you need to feed her even as she grows as you need to be monitoring her growth and weight and adjust their food accordingly and you can do this by weighing her weekly at your Vet. Whilst we are on the subject of Vets, do you have a Vet and are you going to get your Vet to give her a checkover?

    8 weeks - 2.5 cups
    9 weeks - 3.0 cups
    10weeks - 3.5 cups
    11 weeks and older 4.0 cups

    Remember the above advice on how much to feed her is based on feeding her kibble only. If you decide to add in things like mince or chicken wings or chicken necks etc, then you need to reduce the kibble accordingly. You may need to tweak the qtys of food you give if she is not putting on enough weight or putting on too much weight.

    When I got my boy as a pup he was also being fed Advance by the breeder and he gave me a bag to bring home for him, but he wasn't just being fed kibble, he was getting mince, veges, yoghurt, sardines and raw eggs added to his kibble, so of course the kibble component was reduced due to the additional things he was being fed. I found that whilst he was on Advance, his poos were too soft and another few Lab puppy owners that I knew also had the same problem, so a few of us changed over to Nutro and poos were normal within a few days and his coat also was a lot glossier. My older Lab boys were also on Nutro, the adult version which they had been on for a few years before Nutro was banned from being imported, but when they began manufacturing Nutro here in Australia, I put them back on it as they all did very on it and so did my pup. However, last year, I changed them over to a locally manufactured kibble, Black Hawk Holistic which they are all doing great on.

    I would suggest you continue feeding your girl Advance as that is what your pup is used to and if you want to change her over to a different brand, do it at a later stage or sooner if she has any issues on it, and either way if you do actually swap her kibble, then make sure you swap her over slowly to the new brand by mixing in some of the new food in with the Advance and slowly decreasing the amount of Advance and increasing the new food over a two week period.

    Also in line with what some of the other posters have said, don't follow the feeding instructions on the kibble manufacturer's bags as they always recommend way too much. Obviously this is in their best interest, as you have to buy more but meanwhile the poor dogs are getting fat.

    My lab youngster was playing with a Lab youngster around 16months old at the dogpark yesterday and I was chatting to his owner who told me she feeds her boy 5.5 cups of kibble a day, in one meal She is a new Lab owner and I told her that was far too much and told her that her boy should only be having around 3 cups per day as he is carrying too much weight (told her in a nice polite way) . I advised her to start reducing the amount she is feeding him straight away but to reduce it slowly so that both he (Lab) and she (owner) doesn't think he (Lab) is starving, but to aim to have him down to 3 cups within a month and to give him two meals per day by splitting the total qty over two meals, rather than as one lump meal. I also told her she can fill him up with grated carrot/mashed pumpkin if she wanted to reduce his intake quicker. I ran into her and her boy at the dogpark again today and she quite proudly told me she has reduced his meal last night down to 5 cups from 5.5 and will begin giving him two meals from tomorrow and continue to reduce the number of cups over the coming weeks to get him down to 3 cups. I told her well done and her boy will reap the benefits with weightloss which will in turn reduce the chances of any joint issues.

    If you need any more diet help with your pup, let me know and feel free to PM me.

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    I always thought it was a good thing for baby puppies to be a little pudgy?

    Batty was a bit of a butterball until he hit about 4-5months when he started to get really leggy and kind of goofy looking, he went from being this unco chubby puppy to suddenly having these long looking legs & looking a lot leaner. I wasn't worried about his weight until he hit about 7 months old. Mind you, he's back on puppy food at the moment because it's freezing cold here & he's racing around like a loon most of the time so he's burning off pretty much everything I feed him! He's now on two meals of puppy food a day, and they're a heaped bowl.

    Some of the advice that has been given is what I follow for adult dogs but not for puppies. I don't know if that makes sense.

    Awesome post Labsrule!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelanBatty View Post
    I always thought it was a good thing for baby puppies to be a little pudgy?

    Batty was a bit of a butterball until he hit about 4-5months when he started to get really leggy and kind of goofy looking, he went from being this unco chubby puppy to suddenly having these long looking legs & looking a lot leaner. I wasn't worried about his weight until he hit about 7 months old. Mind you, he's back on puppy food at the moment because it's freezing cold here & he's racing around like a loon most of the time so he's burning off pretty much everything I feed him! He's now on two meals of puppy food a day, and they're a heaped bowl.

    Some of the advice that has been given is what I follow for adult dogs but not for puppies. I don't know if that makes sense
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    Lab pups are normally "rolly polly" babies and at 8 weeks they are normally very cute chunky monkeys ranging in weight from 5-7kg with males normally heavier than the females and there are variations outside this weight range, particularly with runts or largest puppy of the litter. My current youngster was the largest pup of the litter and I was not surprised as he has been the greediest Lab I have had and that is saying something as I have ever only had Labs, so no doubt he was first to the teat and then probably hogged the feeding bowl when he was on solids. When I got him at 10 weeks of age he was 10kg and a heavy pup to lug around

    Lab pups lose their chunkiness pretty quickly as they grow, as they go from sleeping and eating to go go go with lots of energy so they work it off. Lab pups on average put on close to a kilo per week thru to around the 10month old mark in adolescence and I have just checked my boys weight chart and he ran pretty close to this 1 kg weekly average as:

    10 kg at 10 weeks old
    12.5kg at 12 weeks old
    14.7kg at 14 weeks old
    20.67kg at 21 weeks old
    and skipping thru to 27 weeks old he was 24.5kg and at 29 weeks he was 26kg.

    A combination of putting him onto adult food at 4 months and being careful what I fed him, slowed down his growth rate and of course his increased energy levels certainly helped. I am pretty paranoid about Lab adolescents growth rates and weight, as this is the period where they go thru a large growth spurt and can damage their joints if the growth, weight and physical exercise/activities are not managed correctly.

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelanBatty View Post
    Awesome post Labsrule!!
    Thank you

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