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Confused and anxious re: all the do's & dont's Re:pup food!

Posted: 09 May 2011, 18:53
by xxLouxx
Another, (not yet) puppy owner question! I apologise in advance for my lack of knowledge but learning everyday!! :lol:

I'm starting to get in knots over all the do's and dont's re: puppy/dog food/snacks :shock: and want to make sure I do the right thing for our pup :? .

I know that our breeder currently feeds the pups 'Oscars' puppy food' (chicken and rice) and also gives them raw chicken necks/wings most days. I have purchased the Oscars food online (expensive :shock: ) but when you talk about 'raw chicken wings and necks', are they specially prepared or are they literally the ones you would purchase from supermarkets/butchers etc? :?

Also, if I am feeding our puppy mainly dry food but want to give them the odd chicken wing as our breeder does, do I give the chicken wings over and above his daily quota of dried food? :roll: my apologies again!

Lastly, I went to a large pet store this morning to buy in some more chew toys etc and they advised me NOT to give puppies the small chew sticks/rawhide etc due to fear of chocking.. surely the risk of chocking would be greater with the bones etc from chicken wings/necks :shock: I'm still a little confused regarding what to and what not to feed our pup! :shock: I want to make sure I do it right from the beginning :( .
Lou x

Re: Confused and anxious re: all the do's & dont's Re:pup food!

Posted: 09 May 2011, 19:14
by Meryl
I would ask you're breeder when she is giving the pups chicken wings and how often and follow her lead. You can get chicken wings at any supermarket (or butcher). Usually about £2 for 12-15 wings.

Raw chicken bones are soft and crumbly and a good source of Calcium, phosphate, chondroitin needed for healthy joints and bones. As opposed to cooked chicken wings that are brittle and sharp. The danger with young pups and raw hide is that they can swallow and choke on unchewed lumps of rawhide that have the potential to swell up.

Re: Confused and anxious re: all the do's & dont's Re:pup food!

Posted: 09 May 2011, 19:15
by Bid
I'm also just about to get a puppy, and what I am going to do is stick to the food he is already having while he settles down. My other dogs are fed raw food so eventually I want to switch to that, but I won't rush into it. I will wait to get the vaccinations out of the way first

When I feed chicken wings I get the large economy pack from Tescos. The first time I bash them about a bit with a mallet so the bones are smaller, and then I feed it to them while holding on to it so there is no way they can swallow it, but have to chew it.

When Daisy was a pup she choked on a hide chew and I had to pull it out of her throat so I don't give them at all now. Instead they have bones! Lamb or venison rib bones they eat completely. Marrow bones they scoop out the marrow and have a good chew on the bone - I only let them have those for an hour at a time otherwise it can upset their tums. I make a point of taking the bones from them and returning them straight away, just to be sure that they don't become possessive over them.

Antlers are good safe chews I've found - they don't chip, they're too big to swallow. I've got one in store for the pup when he gets here.

I'll be joining you with all the puppy questions on here - it's been 3 years since Poppy was a pup!

Re: Confused and anxious re: all the do's & dont's Re:pup food!

Posted: 09 May 2011, 19:26
by groover
Hi Lou
I was going to post the very same as Meryl

but Don't worry, Jackie will keep you right. make a list of any concerns you have before you go to pick up Ozzy. She'll take the time to talk you through them on the day. (she's a patient lady) . I wont be on over the next week (I'm off on a cruise) so by the time i come back the big day will be almost here (WOOHOO!!!!!!)

XXX

Re: Confused and anxious re: all the do's & dont's Re:pup food!

Posted: 09 May 2011, 21:03
by Pippin
Just to echo Groover, Jackie's great, she'll keep you right, when we got Bella from her a few years back she gave me loads of infor and there was a feeding guide in the puppy pack, as Groover says Jackie's v patient, fantastic breeder to get a puppy from! :-)

Re: Confused and anxious re: all the do's & dont's Re:pup food!

Posted: 09 May 2011, 22:17
by xxLouxx
Thanks so much everyone.. Have found this forum and everyones advice invaluable! I am such a perfectionist when undertaking something 'new' and ALWAYS want to get everything just so. I think I need to take a big breath in..........and out.......& just 'go with the flow' a little on this one! 12 days and counting!!
Enjoy your cruise groover!
xxx

Re: Confused and anxious re: all the do's & dont's Re:pup food!

Posted: 09 May 2011, 22:27
by brucey doodle
Hi Lou

I also gave Bruce raw hide a couple of times when he was little and on one occasion he started to choke it went all soft and swelled and was stuck in his throat my boyfriend had to hold him down whilst I put my fingers down his throat to fish it out very scary never gave him it again and have never left him alone with any kind of bone / chew.
Try not to worry to much about his feeds it'll all come together in the end Bruce was a gannet when we first got him then he stoped eating then we had to swap his food I felt like I was doing everything wrong the vet was saying something different to the breeder so in the end I just went with what I new Bruce liked and he loves his food didn't stop me losing sleep over him though pesky things that they are :D

P.s Not long till he's here sooooo jelous :lol:
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Re: Confused and anxious re: all the do's & dont's Re:pup food!

Posted: 09 May 2011, 22:44
by xxLouxx
Oh that must have been frightening brucey doodle!! I'm a nursing sister but resucitating dogs, I have no experience with lol! I agree, the feeding can get pretty complicated. I find myself darting from one post to the next taking notes on what everyone feeds their doodles!!!! My husband of course things I'm nuts and just laughs every time I start a sentence with "apparently we should be blah blah blah.......it says so on the doodle web site"!! :lol:

Hard as it may be having a pup, I feel more prepared than I did 4 weeks ago & really want to enjoy all of Ozzy's 'moments'!

So have promised hubby that I WILL chill and take each day as it comes.
Thanks again
Xxx

Re: Confused and anxious re: all the do's & dont's Re:pup food!

Posted: 09 May 2011, 23:32
by groover
Lol

I could have put a bet on you being in one of the caring professions. I'm a paramedic and I approach things in the very same way that you do. That's why I told you I wish I had chilled out more and enjoyed Herbies puppy time, instead of fretting and making sure I did everything by the book. Your puppy is going to be brilliant and your going to be a fab mum

xxx

Re: Confused and anxious re: all the do's & dont's Re:pup food!

Posted: 10 May 2011, 12:50
by xxLouxx
Gee thanks Groover..that made me smile. You have been WONDERFUL with all your straightforward, honest advice & yes I too should have guessed you were in the caring profession :lol:
Have a wonderful trip and be ready for more of my questions on your return!
xxx

Re: Confused and anxious re: all the do's & dont's Re:pup food!

Posted: 10 May 2011, 13:44
by JeanG
Lou - I've had dogs all my life and i still ask questions on here! You are not alone :lol: :lol: :lol:
Just to add to what's been said, Bella suffers from constipation periodically and I've been told not to give her chews as they can swallow lumps and, even if the dog doesn't choke it can cause a blockage at the other end :roll: :roll: