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Old 07-22-2007, 07:29 PM   #1
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When I first took Paddington to the vet, he was 4 lbs, three months old. Last month, he was five months old and weighed 6 lbs. During the first visit, the vet told me to feed him 1/3 C food. Well since he is bigger, I have increased the amount of food, but I am wondering if now he gets too much??? He gets one 1/3 C scoop in the morning, and one 1/3 scoop in the evening. Sometimes he also gets a half of a small apple chopped up or a half a jar of baby food (not every night, just sometimes... maybe three times a week)

is 2/3 C too much food for a 6 lb 5 month yorkie? I know dogs are different than cats, but my cats both ate a cup of dry food, plus half a can of wet food,and they were about the same size..... That is kind of what I was basing it on.

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I think it all depends on the type of food.. the better the food, the less you feed.

What type do you feed? It probably recommends how much do feed on the side of the bag.
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I think it all depends on the type of food.. the better the food, the less you feed.

What type do you feed? It probably recommends how much do feed on the side of the bag.
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When I first took Paddington to the vet, he was 4 lbs, three months old. Last month, he was five months old and weighed 6 lbs. During the first visit, the vet told me to feed him 1/3 C food. Well since he is bigger, I have increased the amount of food, but I am wondering if now he gets too much??? He gets one 1/3 C scoop in the morning, and one 1/3 scoop in the evening. Sometimes he also gets a half of a small apple chopped up or a half a jar of baby food (not every night, just sometimes... maybe three times a week)

is 2/3 C too much food for a 6 lb 5 month yorkie? I know dogs are different than cats, but my cats both ate a cup of dry food, plus half a can of wet food,and they were about the same size..... That is kind of what I was basing it on.

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What kind of food are you feeding him? Emma weighs 6 lbs, and got 1/2 cup dry food each day when we were feeding Blue Buffalo Adult. Now we're feeding homecooked, so the amount increased (since a lot of it is water), and she gets 1/4-1/3 cup Blue Buffalo kibble in the morning, topped with 1-2 tsp. lowfat cottage cheese. Then 1/3 cup homemade food mixture at dinner time, plus usually some fruit (no more than 1 T. at a time), plus treats for training or just because

Milli weighs 4 lbs, and gets 1/4 cup of dry puppy food, plus 1/4 cup homecooked mixture, plus the extras that Emma gets (proportional, of course).

I think 1/2 an apple of 1/2 jar of baby food might be too much extra of one thing at a time. Could upset his tummy and cause weight gain. Just my opinion though!

As far as weight gain for puppies goes, Emma (now 16 months) gained a little at each vet check, with steady growth. Milli (now 8 months) gained NOTHING for the first 3-4 months we had her-she was 3 lbs. for what seemed like forever-in fact, she lost a few ounces here and there. She then started gaining again, and I think she's around 4.5 lbs. now.
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d'oh! I hadn't thought of that!!!!

I feed him a brand that I can only find at PetSmart called Blue Buffalo, and sometimes he gets Eukanuba or Science Diet simply because I am trying to use them up.

I'll go look on the bag right now; I dunno why I didn't think about it! That is what I call a DER moment!
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d'oh! I hadn't thought of that!!!!

I feed him a brand that I can only find at PetSmart called Blue Buffalo, and sometimes he gets Eukanuba or Science Diet simply because I am trying to use them up.

I'll go look on the bag right now; I dunno why I didn't think about it! That is what I call a DER moment!
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Blue Buffalo is a GOOD food, while the Science Diet and the Eukanuba are pretty much like junk food for dogs...I too fed Eukanuba to Emma per the vet's advice until I did my own research. Then I switched to BB, and now to home cooking with BB as a supplement. I really like that BB is human quality ingredients, holistic, and what seems to be a good, honest company. And, above all, my dogs like the food.
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I really like that BB is human quality ingredients, holistic, and what seems to be a good, honest company. And, above all, my dogs like the food.
Yes, that is what I liked about it too. I have a bag of Science diet because that is what the breeder fed, and I still have more than half the bag left. I couldn't find any decent foods around here, and the vet recommended Eukanuba small breeds puppy, so I got some of that. Then Petsmart started carrying blue buffalo. I need to be thrifty, as I just got out of college and am starting my career, so rather than throw the other two bags of food out I need to use them. When they are gone I will be feeding only the Blue Buffalo kibble.

The bag is little help. It says 1/3 C-1 1/4 C.... the high end seems like way too much but the low end seems like not enough... I guess 2/3 is okay then-right in the middle????

The apple was suggested to me by the vet (they aren't huge apples- actually rather small, and he LOVES them! I haven't seen any signs of an upset tummy!) and the baby food was started by my mom. I asked the vet and he said that as long as it wasn't a lot and it isn't more than one or two times a week, it would be okay. He gets about an oz or 1.5 oz. They are the small stage 1 jars. He also really loves this, just as much as his apples! All of this occurred in his first visit though, and I didn't ask him anything about diet during this past visit.
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Yes, that is what I liked about it too. I have a bag of Science diet because that is what the breeder fed, and I still have more than half the bag left. I couldn't find any decent foods around here, and the vet recommended Eukanuba small breeds puppy, so I got some of that. Then Petsmart started carrying blue buffalo. I need to be thrifty, as I just got out of college and am starting my career, so rather than throw the other two bags of food out I need to use them. When they are gone I will be feeding only the Blue Buffalo kibble.

The bag is little help. It says 1/3 C-1 1/4 C.... the high end seems like way too much but the low end seems like not enough... I guess 2/3 is okay then-right in the middle????

The apple was suggested to me by the vet (they aren't huge apples- actually rather small, and he LOVES them! I haven't seen any signs of an upset tummy!) and the baby food was started by my mom. I asked the vet and he said that as long as it wasn't a lot and it isn't more than one or two times a week, it would be okay. He gets about an oz or 1.5 oz. They are the small stage 1 jars. He also really loves this, just as much as his apples! All of this occurred in his first visit though, and I didn't ask him anything about diet during this past visit.
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I'd scrap the rest of the other foods, personally, and feed only BB. Or, you could use the others as training treats until they're gone. Honestly, after feeding Emma Euk. as a puppy, and then Milli getting BB as a puppy, I'd never feed anything Euk. again. It makes a world of difference in their coat, training, and overall health. Emma actually developed allergies while on Euk-not sure if it was the weather, the climate control we had at the time, or the food, but still, not worth risking. I know the bag says a certain range to feed-but it seems like a wide range. I think it's 3-20 lbs? Remember you're on the low third of that recommendation. If your pup is 6 lbs at 5 months old, I'd personally take him down to 1/2 cup BB puppy (it's higher in calories and fat than adult formula), nix the baby food, and supplement with lowfat yogurt, fruit, veggies, and/or cottage cheese-about 1 T per day. He's probably genetically not going to be "small" for a yorkie (haha) and that's ok!

I think the apples are ok, but please remember to watch the apples-the seeds can be toxic to dogs, so as long as you're only feeding the fruit part, you're ok. Also, grapes, raisins, onions, avocados, and garlic can be toxic to dogs, as well as pits in fruit like plums, peaches, and apricots.

I urge you to log on to BB's website: bluebuff.com. They will send you free samples and coupons off your next bag of food. You may as well-it will save you $, and then you won't feel as bad about not using up the rest of the food. Another BB tip: the Lamb and Rice Puppy is lower in fat than the Chicken and Rice Puppy, while the Chicken and Rice Adult is the lowest fat content of the 3 formulas available at my PetSmart.
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I understand the "thrifty" bit...I recently changed Emmy and Oscar to Canidae, but still had about 1/4 of a small bag Royal Canin Yorkie food and a little Science Diet puppy food. I dumped them all together and shook up the canister. The furbabies like it and I feel better about trying to use up the other food. When they finish the entire canister off, then I will refill it with just Canidae. Emmy and Oscar probably each eat about 1/4-1/2 cup dry food a day (that is the total amount). I really don't measure...just eyeball it! Their food bowls stay down all day (free feed). I fill the bowls in the morning and they eat when they want. By dinner time (around 6:00) the bowls are empty and I give them the rest of their kibble, just because they like to eat dinner when we eat, but this is still counted in their total amount for the day.

They do get small "snacks" during the day--probably more than they need--depending on what we have--bits of cheese (their fav), cheerios, tiny amounts of fruit, plain yogurt, etc. I use dry kibble for training treats--training as in sit, stay, down, up, crawl, etc. Now for potty treats, I do try to give them something they love--a bit of a soft treat that I buy at the vets.

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He's probably genetically not going to be "small" for a yorkie (haha) and that's ok!

I think the apples are ok, but please remember to watch the apples-the seeds can be toxic to dogs, so as long as you're only feeding the fruit part, you're ok. Also, grapes, raisins, onions, avocados, and garlic can be toxic to dogs, as well as pits in fruit like plums, peaches, and apricots.
Yes, I realized he wasn't going to be small when the vet told me that he was already over 6 lbs (one lb more than his estimated adult weight... he was a tiny puppy!) His paws are big though, so my mom said she thought he'd be bigger than we expected.

I chop the apples up into little bits, and remove the skin and the seeds. Sometimes he gets the hole half (strange expression) and sometimes he only eats part of it. We "share" the apple- I eat mine sliced with PB, and he gets his chopped up, little bits at a time. A half is the most he gets though.

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Thank you so much! I have looked online for info about this food but nothing came up when I googled it. I bought it based on the ingredients alone, and it seemed like a good company. When I asked about it on here, no one seemed to have heard about it. I have the chicken and rice formula now, because it was the only formula they had for puppies, but On Wed. when I went for training class, I saw that they had the Lamb and rice too. I will probably get that next. What is the third formula? I've only seen those two.
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I understand the "thrifty" bit...I recently changed Emmy and Oscar to Canidae, but still had about 1/4 of a small bag Royal Canin Yorkie food and a little Science Diet puppy food. I dumped them all together and shook up the canister. The furbabies like it and I feel better about trying to use up the other food.
That is a good idea!!! I keep the science diet at my boyfriend's, and that is what Paddington eats while we are there (mostly two days a week) so that bag is not really dwindling at all. The Eukanuba will be out soon... I bet if I put them both in a canister together, it would fill the hole thing, and then he'd be getting the good food at every meal, too.

I really can't afford to throw kibble away.... sometimes it comes down to gas or groceries for myself, and dog food is SO expensive!
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Yes, I realized he wasn't going to be small when the vet told me that he was already over 6 lbs (one lb more than his estimated adult weight... he was a tiny puppy!) His paws are big though, so my mom said she thought he'd be bigger than we expected.

I chop the apples up into little bits, and remove the skin and the seeds. Sometimes he gets the hole half (strange expression) and sometimes he only eats part of it. We "share" the apple- I eat mine sliced with PB, and he gets his chopped up, little bits at a time. A half is the most he gets though.

Thank you so much! I have looked online for info about this food but nothing came up when I googled it. I bought it based on the ingredients alone, and it seemed like a good company. When I asked about it on here, no one seemed to have heard about it. I have the chicken and rice formula now, because it was the only formula they had for puppies, but On Wed. when I went for training class, I saw that they had the Lamb and rice too. I will probably get that next. What is the third formula? I've only seen those two.
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Third Adult formula is Fish and Sweet Potato. We've had that kind too!
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