The first day in the puppy's new home is always hard. He has been just taken away from his littermates and us. In some cases he has had a plane ride or a car ride. Everything he does not do everyday. It is a few short days , the puppy will pick up his new routine. It is not uncommon for the puppy to not eat alot the first few days. Offer a small amount of food and water. Do not be alarmed if they refuse food at this time, give them a little time to see the new home, meet everyone, then offer food and water.
One thing I can say from experience is do not go by the guidelines on the dog/puppy food bags. An oversized pup needs more than that bag can tell you. If the puppy is deprived of enough calories and nutrition, he will be thin, the nutrients he is getting will go to growth first, then teeth, then ears... I have seen puppies ears be down far longer than they should . When proper supplements and food are increased, the weight comes back on and the ears go up.
It is very important to keep the puppy on the food he was send home with. We have selected a very good holistic dry food . We try to use something everyone can find. Here are THE SECOND WIND GERMAN SHEPHERDS, we recommend RAW FOOD DIETS. It is simply the very best you can do. The puppies we personally keep as well as all the adult dogs are on RAW diets. Dry food is baked and has alot of fillers.... not the best nutrients for optimal growth. Along with our Raw diets, dogs still need some supplementation. We use NuVetPlus. ( see, www.nuvetlabs.com use my ID # 45434. They cannot be ordered with out an ID # ) They use pure human grade ingredients , manfactured in a pharmasuitical plant. Too many pet ones are so inferrior, not even 10% of what they claim is on the label. Proper nutrition is extremely important in any dog, especially a large breed one. Nu Vet is the best you can do, a key to a long healthy life!
Introducing raw to a new puppy is a GREAT thing. PLEASE do it. There is too much garbage in any dry no matter how good they say it is. A dog needs raw meats for the enzymes to digest. Raw digests faster than dry kibbles. Less possibility of bloat. You will see smaller stools, they utilize more of the meat than they do dry. There are no fillers either for stomach upset. A dogs system is different than ours, they were ment to eat meats in the raw form.
The puppies you will be purchasing will be on a dry holistic food. It is VERY important to continue with what we have sent home, anything less will cause stomach upset . I have researched this for many years, a healthy pup needs the proper nutrition. You will not get this from ANY GROCERY STORE BRANDS. Your dog will survive and not thrive. Raw or home cooked food is better than dog foods these days. Review the foods at http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
Here I will add a RAW EGG, A TEASPOON OR MORE COTTAGE CHEESE to the dry holistic food. Right now we are using TASTE OF THE WILD, PRARIE FORMULA. There is nothing better...... REMEMBER, YOUR DOGS DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IS NOT LIKE YOURS, THEY WERE MENT TO EAT RAW FOODS AND NEED THE ENZYMES THAT ARE IN RAW FOODS.
What I do here for my PERSONAL KEPT puppy is: AM the puppy runs and plays, has water as much as he wants. After playtime we fix a meal of about a cup of holistic dry food and add some cut up chicken with skin on and about a 1/2 cup of ground beef. Mid day, we will feed some dry with a raw egg. In the evening feeding We might do some dry again. Then the next day we might rotate and add more meat and less kibble, plus a raw egg or cottage cheeses or yogurt.
Raw is not hard and compared to the cost of holistic kibble you might actually save money, it sure will help your dogs health. I will include referenced for PREY DIETS and other RAW diets. Be sure to keep increasing the food as the puppy grows. You cannot believe how many people have a 6-7 month old pups on a food amount for a 3 month old one. They need alot of food in the growth years, not to be fat, you will be able to see if the pup is getting blubbery/ fat.
Be creative with whole and raw foods, if you ever have questions, that is why I am here. If I do not know the answer, I will find it. Just please get past the fact, we do not eat raw but dogs can and do. I support the raw and NuVet supplements.
I want everyone to have a dog live well into the teen years and have a good quality of life once there. That is my goal , by educating the owners. Please do not believe the big dog food companies advertising. They are out to make huge profits. This is your best friend, he cannot make the food choices himself... actually he can. Try putting a bowl of raw meats out and another with a good quality holistic food...... see which one he scarfs down first..... that should tell you what he wants. Given the chance he will choose live food for a long life. Please listen to your dog. Even a puppy will choose raw first.
I am asked all the time how to feed the new puppy. As we have discussed in the previous info, raw is best. Now, if you can feed three times a day for awhile, that is fine, just make sure the puppy is getting enough food. If twice a day, that is still OK. Here, we free feed the puppies. This means there is a bowl of food with them 24/7. By having access to food anytime, I feel it prevents food aggression . The puppies will never have to wonder when their next meal will come. They will not have to fight off their littermates to get enough food. They will not hog food and get sick. Basically, the puppies will learn to montior themselves. They are much smarter at this early age than we give them credit for.
When I feed any of the dogs or puppies, I exercise them first, tire them out a little, feed them in a quiet place. For a puppy , it is good to feed in the crate. It will reinforce a happy experience for him. He can them take a nap and be quiet and let his food digest for awhile. As previously noted. CRATES are not a bad thing. It is their space, they might not like it at first, but later will go to it on their own as their comfort place. It is also for their protection. Feeding them there will allow them to eat slowly and rest. I very rarely can tell you amounts to feed, it is up to you to try different amounts, if the pup is thin, not enough. If you choose to feed dry, please add raw meats and eggs, cottage cheeses etc. Please just feed them. Do not skimp on the grub. This is the time when they need extra food for growth, teething and ears...... so many times lack of enough food will end up in a pup with lousy ears.
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Whole Dog News - Pet Food Recalls & Pet Food Safety Issues
Pet Food Recalls & Food Safety Issues
While much smaller in scope since the 2007 recall, pet food recalls continue, including this week’s cat food and February’s peanut butter Salmonella contamination that affected both human and dog food products. For the latest information on and safety concerns, visit the US Food & Drug Administration’s Food Recall page on their website.
To summarize events since the 2007 recall, while the US FDA (responsible for pet food regulations, which are enforced at the state level) has taken some action toward improving response and tracking of pet food safety crises, and committees have been formed to further define safety standards for our pets’ food, no legislation has yet been passed to impose stricter rules for pet food safety and ingredient testing.
It seems likely that there will be no additional federal regulations enacted, as many industry insiders believe that existing laws and safety protocols adequately address pet food safety needs, and there is often general resistance to expanding governmental controls in big businesses like the pet food industry.
Instead of new federal legislation, there may be some stricter “guidelines” made by the(AAFCO), the agency that (loosely) regulates the pet food and livestock feed industry by setting feed standards and definitions of acceptable feed and pet food ingredients.
What this means for pet owners is that nothing much is very likely to change in the near future. We all need to come to the realizatin that the responsibility for providing canine companions remains where it always has been - squarely on our own shoulders! The best way to ensure you’re feeding a safe food to your dog is to do your homework and as far as possible feed a more species appropriate diet to our carnivorious pets.to our
On a related note, I often hear a common misconception about the AAFCO statement found on most dog foods: the idea that AAFCO approves foods, and that the AAFCO statement on a dog food label guarantees safety. AAFCO offers guidelines for dog food and livestock feed manufacturers, but does not actually approve or strictly regulate what goes into our . The AAFCO statement simply says that the manufacturer avows that their food contains the AAFCO-recommended minimum requirements of all nutrients necessary to sustain life for a particular species of animal.
So if you are still feeding commercial pet food (kibble or canned) and the lable says that the food is “formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the diabetes and kidney/liver diseases at alarming rates since was introduced - just a coincidence? I think not! Just because a food meets “AAFCO guidelines” doesn’t mean it’s healthy for your animal to eat..” This simply means that dogs eating the food as their whole diet won’t die from a nutrient deficiency. It does not mean that the ingredients in the food are of high quality, actually digestable, or that they are even healthy for your canine! Dogs are developing serious health problems like cancer,
In fact, many of the AAFCO-approved ingredients in dog food are considered quite unhealthy by those who know what the tricky ingredient language really means. Acceptable dog food ingredients include things like sawdust, peanut or soybean hulls, newspaper pulp (powdered cellulose), rendered road kill (animal fat, animal digest), and worse!
Interestingly, the melamine that harmed in so many pets in 2007 is believed to have been added to the grain-based ingredients to increase the protein content so the food would meet standard pet food nutritional guidelines! How’s that as “”?
To read more about what is really in pet food, read the articles below: