I need some advice as far as dry food goes. A little background first. I recently added an 8 week old Rottie puppy to my household. He is now 11 weeks old. So far is healthy apart from some hiccups which i have been told is normal.I recently took him in for his second vaccination.
The vet gave me some advice on feeding advised me to feed him top quality dry food everyday and meat only 2-3 times a week. The vet said that if i gave him too much calcium (found in meat) he would grow too fast and thus the possibility of hip and joint problems. This advice does sound good and who am i to argue with a fully qualified Vet? She also said to make sure its high quality dry food such as science diet, eukanuba or royal canin. The problem this food is ultra expensive and while i do want what is best for my dog it is going to be difficult keeping up with those sorts of prices. She did say to only do this until he is 1 and then i could give him more meat based meals.
I have spoken to quite a few breeders whilst looking to purchase my rottie and many seemed to say less dry food and more natural foods such as chicken necks, chicken frames and meaty bones. Their thinking is that Dogs are meant to be eating natural foods and not man made type dry foods which can cause cancer in dogs. This does sound like it is a valid statement also so i am torn between the 2 trains of thought.
Do i give my rottie puppy more dry based food until he is at least 1 and then feed more of a natural meat type diet? or do i follow a more meat based diet now?
The dry food i am using now is supercoat puppy.is this ok? The vet seems prefer the higher priced brands and in fairness to her she did not ask me to purchase it from her practice. She was nice enough to write it down and a paper for me and tell me to purchase it elsewhere. Does anyone know of a place in Sydney or online that sells Eukanuba, Science Diet or Royal Canin in bulk at better rates? I figured if i buy more i may get it cheaper. As it stands now it seems a little too expensive.
I do want to look after my dog and have with me as long as i can. I do want to give him a good head start and try to avoid halth problems normally associated with the Rottweiler breed.
Any advice and help would be fantastic.