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  1. My goldador is a Southeastern Guidedog puppy at 13 weeks. He is eating 3 cups high quality dry food and came to us 6 days ago underfed w ribs showing. We were advised to feed 3x a day until he filled in a little more. We were feeding 1 1/2 c each feeding and he adjusted well w no digestive issues. The article opened my eyes that the per meal serving is too large so we are cutting back on portion size today.

    • Thanks for connecting to Mysweetpuppy.net. Please keep in mind that I, Claudia Bensimoun, do not write any of the blogs or reviews on this website, nor have I in the past. I only answer the comments section.The recommended guidelines on bags often contain more calories than pups/dogs need. Unless it is a very energetic puppy,it is usually best to feed the lower end of the recommendation. Keep in mind that a growing large breed pup needs to be on a large breed puppy food. Choose a dog food according to the lifestage of your dog. Please consult with your veterinarian for advice. Look for formulas that contain probiotics, salmon oil,and that also have calcium and phosphorus levels to help support healthy development of your pup’s teeth and bones.It should also be made with gluten- free ingredients. Eliminating beet pulp, which can act as a stool hardener in pups, is a plus. Also a dog food formula that is free of hormones and steroids is good for pupppies and adult dogs. It should also free of any meat by-products, and offer plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Proper, balanced nutrition is important throughout your dog’s life, most especially during puppyhood. Consult with your veterinarian as to how much you should be feeding your pup. All pups should have a full veterinary exam 24-hours after coming home. Hope this helps. Please keep us posted!

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      I only answer the comments section.Always consult with your veterinarian for the best nutritional advice, most especially concerning puppies.

      • Look for dog foods that are tested using the AAFCO feeding trials instead of by formulation.
      • Look for the nutritional adequacy statement that is required on all pet food labels.
      • This label provides answers to three most important questions about your pet food.
      • If it’s complete and balanced
      • What life stage is it intended for? (Puppy, senior, etc.) Make sure you’re feeding a high-quality puppy formula
      • How the claims on the label are substantiated

      Dog parents need to know that the life stage that a pet food is marketed for, may not be the same life stage for which the food actually meets the minimum requirements. When asked to comment about certain dog food brands, Tufts added that they could not comment specifically about any brand because each pet and their dietary requirements are different. Also each pet food manufacturer has different products, so it’s too difficult to rank the order, and name anyone specifically as being the best, since there are so many variables involved. Puppy food needs to be health and made from high-quality ingredients.

      Most of us understand the importance of eating healthily, but many don’t fully understand that this applies to our furry friends, too. Vitamins and amino acids should not be synthetic, and organic should mean that all of the ingredients are organic, including vitamins and minerals, and not just a few. A well-balanced dog food should use real meat as its first ingredient. It should also not use harmful preservatives, flavors or artificial colors. Stay away from all made in China puppy dog food and treats.It’s also important to look at the AAFCO regulations.

      AAFCO Regulations

      AAFCO model regulations and the federal feed laws stipulate that all pet food labels need to list all the ingredients in their pet food. This is done in descending order according to the weight of each ingredient listed. With that said, it’s easy to see where the most important sources of calories and proteins are coming from-the first five ingredients listed. The first ingredient is the one ingredient that is present in the highest amount.

      It’s also important to know everything there is to know about your dog’s health.

      Always ask yourself these questions: Is my dog suffering from any health problems? What life stage is he or she at? Veterinarians recommend that dog owners have a better understanding of their dog’s health issues and life stage before choosing a dog food.

      Most importantly, the puppy food that you choose to feed your puppy should be tailored specifically to his breed.

      That said, here’s what to look for when choosing a high-quality puppy food for your puppy.

      •The dog food formula must be made by a reputable and knowledgeable dog food company that has the highest quality control measures.
      •Dog food should not be made in China, nor should any of the ingredients originate from China.
      •Puppies should only eat a puppy food formula, and should always be fed a puppy formula.
      •Large breed pups like the Great Dane or German Shepherd need to be on a large breed puppy diet to ensure correct growth, and no growth abnormalities.
      •Formulas should contain antioxidants, Omega 3’s, healthy ingredients and a balanced diet for the appropriate life stage.

      A Few Tips About Puppy Care Diet’s

      The correct nutrition is most important for your puppy. Feeding your puppy a high-quality diet during puppyhood is critical for development and brain health. All pup’s need to consume the right amount of calories,vitamins,fat,protein and minerals to ensure the correct growth and development. Puppies should be fed several times a day with a specially formulated puppy food. As your puppy gets older, the multiple daily feedings can be decreased, yet you’ll still need to feed a specially formulated puppy diet until adulthood. Some large breeds can take up to 2 years to reach adulthood, with most dogs reaching adulthood at about 9-12 months.

      According to the AAHA, pups and dogs need to be fed a few times a day.

      Puppies from 8-12 weeks require 3 meals a day
      Puppies 3 months to 6 months require 2 meals per day
      Puppies 6 months to one year require twice daily feedings
      Dogs one year and older require 2 meals a day
      Large dog breeds may require 3 meals a day

      Caring For Your Puppy, visit: https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/care_sheets/caresheet_dog_or_puppy.pdf

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  3. The best puppy food for the lab is to Nutro Wholesome Essentials puppy dry dog food formula that contains real, farm-raised chicken, brown rice, & sweet potatoes recipe dry dog food always starts with great-tasting. Farm-raised chicken is the first ingredients that contain amino acids necessary for building muscle and maintaining a healthy metabolism.

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      At Mysweetpuppy.net we are continuously striving to give our readers the most accurate and updated information. Dog food formulas should contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives such as propylene glycol.

      Here’s what to look for:

      •Diets should include whole foods instead of processed foods.
      •They should also use real meat instead of meat meal.
      •Organ meats are good.
      •Look out for by-products such as organ meats which are fine, but no non-meat parts.
      •There should be a good source of calcium in the dog food formula.
      •The formulas should contain vegetables for fiber and nutrients such as flavonoids.
      •Diets need to be tested using AAFCO feeding trials, or by formulation to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles
      •There must be specific quality control measures to assure consistency and quality of all Ingredients used, as well as for the end product.
      •All dog food diets should be complete and balanced.
      •The dog food formula should indicate what life stage it is intended for.
      •Puppies should only eat a puppy food formula, and should always be fed a puppy formula.
      •Large breed pups like the Great Dane or German Shepherd need to be on a large breed puppy diet to ensure correct growth, and no growth abnormalities.
      •Formulas should contain antioxidants, Omega 3’s, healthy ingredients and a balanced diet for the appropriate life stage.

      Opt for no chicken meal products or other rendered animal parts. Dog food should not use any of the 4D products: diseased, disabled, dying and dead (before being slaughtered) in their dog food.The addition of cellulase and cellulose as fillers can be problematic. For those unaware, cellulase breaks down cellulose. Many dogs have problems with both because it causes digestive problems.Look for high-quality ingredients such as whole meats, fruits, vegetables, and grains, and take heed of the different ratio of macronutrients- proteins, fats and carbs.

      Consult with your veterinarian if you need advice!

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      The Benefits of Dehydrated Dog Food

      Dogs give us their everything: friendship, love and loyalty! In return, we should give them the very best nutrition. If you want to see which dog foods make a difference and keep Fido healthy, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Dehydrated dog food is easy to feed, and always comes with clear instructions.

      • Minimally processed
      • High moisture content
      • Whole foods
      • Human grade
      • Convenient
      • Dehydration process leaves behind natural ingredients that support immunity and good health
      • Stable shelf life
      • Does not need refrigeration
      • Color, flavor, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients not impacted by dehydration process
      • Cheap shipping costs

      That said, dehydrated dog food have some drawbacks.

      • Not as many brands to chose from
      • May be more costly

      Dry Dog Food also has many benefits!

      • Easy to feed with clear instructions for new pet parents
      • Available in many different varieties
      • Excellent for travel
      • Easily combined with canned foods or fresh foods
      • High- quality brands
      • Available in your veterinarian’s office, traditional pet stores, and online
      • Available in grain-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian options
      • Not messy
      • Contains complete and balanced nutritional requirements as recommended by veterinarians

      • Can be heavy to carry or ship
      • Can become contaminated with mold if not stored properly
      • Numerous recalls due to bacteria, salmonella, mycotoxins and nutrient concerns
      • Cheap dry dog food brands may have lower- quality ingredients
      • Constant need to check for a balanced ingredient list
      • Some by-products used in formulas
      • Can cause obesity in dogs

      Wet or canned dog foods

      • Easily combined with dry kibble
      • Must inspect first five ingredients
      • Need to watch out for thickener’s like “gum” used
      • Necessary to stay away from wheat gluten that is used in wet foods to bind the protein content of the food

      What’s good about wet dog food?

      • Easy to feed with clear instructions for new pet parents
      • Easy to carry
      • Numerous “complete and balanced” brands that are high quality
      • Numerous varieties such as turkey, chicken, beef, liver and duck.
      • Supplemental varieties available for a varied diet
      • Convenient when your dog needs a change of diet

      What’s bad about wet dog food?

      • Meat by-products that may not be clean or refrigerated
      • Wheat gluten as an ingredient used
      • Unnamed animal and protein sources
      • Sometimes contains sweeteners or sugars
      • Ingredients like preservatives, flavors, artificial colors, hormones
      • Fat content may be high in many formulas
      • Water may be first ingredient, with the second being wheat gluten (cheaper brands)
      • Vegetables may come in as the eighth or ninth ingredient, which means that there’s hardly any vegetables in the formula
      • A need to check ingredient labels repeatedly, most often when switching brands to make sure that you’re not falling for the pretty packaging

      Always ask yourself these questions: Is my dog suffering from any health problems? What life stage is he or she at? Veterinarians recommend that dog owners have a better understanding of their dog’s health issues and life stage before choosing a dog food. And as usual, always consult with your veterinarian for advice!

      For more about a study demonstrating how unusual pet diets may be linked to heart disease, visit: https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/180801e.aspx
      For 2019 dog food recalls, visit:https://www.petful.com/recall-lists/dog-food-recalls/

    • According to Newsweek “The United States Food & Drug Administration found that there were six different brands of dog food with potentially dangerous levels of Vitamin D on the market in November alone.The food is being recalled for containing potentially high levels of the vitamin that could be harmful to animals that eat it. An unusually high amount of Vitamin D in dogs can cause serious health issues like renal dysfunction.” The article goes on to describe the symptoms that your dog may have from eating a dog food formula that has high levels of vitamin D. “Symptoms in dogs of ingesting too much Vitamin D include vomiting, loss of appetite, thirst, frequent urination and drooling as well as weight loss. Those symptoms are serious and can be dangerous for the animal so anyone with an animal showing those symptoms should contact their vet as soon as possible,” via Newsweek.

      The FDA has a list up with all the dog food brands affected.

      According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), “Ingredients must be listed in order of predominance by weight, on an “as formulated” basis. The ingredient that makes up the highest percentage of the total weight as it goes into the product is listed first. Each ingredient must be listed by its appropriate name. There is no allowance to group ingredients smaller than some percentage (like 1% or 2%). There is no allowance in pet foods to use a collective term for replacing individual ingredient names with a group term, like combining wheat, corn and oats into one ingredient name “grain products”.” “Additionally, there is no allowance for dietary supplements for animals.The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) does not apply to animals. For animals there are only two categories: food or drug. Be advised that some ingredients used in dietary supplements for humans cannot be used as pet food ingredients.”

      Vitamin D

      .Is obtained through a dog’s diet or from sunlight
      .When vitamin D is reduced, calcium and phosphorus absorption is also reduced
      .Deficiencies of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D may result in defective bone formation, and abnormalities of the bone. Nutritional and metabolic complications can occur as well.
      .Excess calcium fed to giant sized breeds like the Great Dane may result in osteochondrosis and hypertrophic osteodystrophy
      .Osteomalacia affects adult dogs in the same way as rickets with fractures being commonly seen, and deformities in the spine. Diet needs to be evaluated by a veterinarian and corrected.

      What is Rickets in Puppies?

      This is a rare disease in pups caused by lack of vitamin D or phosphorus in the diet. It results in soft or deformed bones. Primary treatment is to alter diet, and increase sunlight exposure via ultraviolet radiation or sunlight exposure to increase the production of vitamin D. That said, it’s important to have your veterinarian monitor all homemade diets to ensure that the diet is not deficient in minerals. All homemade dog food diets need to have the correct balance of calcium-to- phosphorus ratio. If feeding a commercial dog food diet, it’s important to only feed high-quality puppy or dog food diets.

      Excess Vitamin D May Cause

      .Excess thirst
      .Vomiting
      .Loss of appetite
      .Increased urination
      .Drooling

      Tips For Choosing a Puppy or Dog Food Formula

      .All dog food formulas must meet the AAFCO profiles for all life stages, and must meet the minimum nutrient levels for growth and adult maintenance in dogs.
      .A reputable and knowledgeable dog food company that has the highest quality control measures must make the dog food formula.
      .Dog food should not be made in China, nor should any of the ingredients originate from China.
      .Puppies should only eat a puppy food formula, and should always be fed a puppy formula.
      .Large breed pups like the Great Dane or German Shepherd need to be on a large breed puppy diet to ensure correct growth, and no growth abnormalities.
      .Formulas should contain antioxidants, Omega 3’s, healthy ingredients, and a balanced diet for the appropriate life stage.
      .Dog food formulas should contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives such as propylene glycol.
      .There should be a good source of calcium in the dog food formula.
      .The formulas should contain vegetables for fiber and nutrients such as flavonoids.
      .Diets need to be tested using AAFCO feeding trials, or by formulation to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles.
      .A well-balanced puppy or dog food should use real meat as its first ingredient. It should also not use harmful preservatives, flavors or artificial colors.
      .Always consult with your veterinarian for advice before purchasing a dog food formula for your pooch.
      .Always read the ingredients list since changes in formula do occur.
      .Check for dog food recalls regularly.

      For the safety reporting portal (SRP)

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    • Joint problems affects dogs of all ages, with senior dogs having the most problems. That said, osteoarthritis is painful, and is the most common joint disorder in canines today. Signs may include lameness, joint swelling, and pain. There is also wasting away of muscle, and thickening and scarring of the joint membrane during osteoarthritis. Veterinary treatments can be surgical or medical in nature with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help with pain and inflammation. Sometimes the longterm use of these drugs may cause intestinal problems in dogs.

      Corticosteroids are given for a short period of time to help with inflammation. It’s always best to consult with your veterinarian for the best treatment. Your veterinarian may advise as to a weight-loss program for your pooch, and also advise you to exercise on softer ground. There are also numerous joint- fluid modifiers that your veterinarian may recommend.

      In a 2017 study published by Open Veterinary Journal, Glucosamine and Chondroitin are both discussed for their use in arthritic dogs. The study adds ” Osteoarthritis is a slowly progressive and debilitating disease that affects canines of all breeds. Pain and decreased mobility resulting from osteoarthritis often have a negative impact on the affected canine’s quality of life, level of comfort, daily functioning, activity, behaviour, and client-pet companionship. Despite limited and conflicting evidence, the natural products glucosamine hydrochloride (HCl) and chondroitin sulfate are commonly recommended by veterinarians for treating osteoarthritis in dogs.”

      The study goes on to add that “the etiology of osteoarthritis’ pathology may include defective articular cartilage structure, inadequate cartilage biosynthesis, joint trauma, instability, and inflammatory mechanisms. The disease presents with symptoms such as pain, stiffness, lameness, and disability (D’Altilio et al., 2007).

      “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the current gold-standard pharmaceutical therapy for dogs with osteoarthritis; however, NSAIDs may cause gastrointestinal ulceration as an adverse effect and are contraindicated in the presence of renal insufficiency or dehydration. Other pharmaceutical options include diacerhein, corticosteroids, and hyaluronic acid (Henrotin et al., 2005). Select nutraceuticals such as glucosamine, chondroitin, pentosane polysulphate, avocado/soybean unsaponifiables, green-lipped mussel, and milk protein have also been used (Henrotin et al., 2005). The study also discusses how ” Glucosamine hydrochloride (HCl) and chondroitin sulfate (CS) are commonly recommended natural health products for treating osteoarthritis in dogs (Rychel, 2010).

      “Glucosamine regulates the synthesis of collagen in cartilage and may provide mild anti-inflammatory effects while chondroitin sulfate inhibits destructive enzymes in joint fluid and cartilage. The two nutraceuticals also contribute to the synthesis of glycoaminoglycans and proteoglycans, which are building blocks for the formation of cartilage (Beale, 2004).” via Open Veterinary Journal.

      The study concludes that “based on the available literature, the potential benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin use in osteoarthritic canines can neither be confirmed nor denied. Glucosamine and chondroitin use in canines requires further clinical study using improved methodology. Clinical trials conducted to date have yielded mixed results.Glucosamine and chondroitin are commonly recommended by veterinarians as an alternative for treating osteoarthritis in canines unable to tolerate the adverse effects of NSAIDs, or as add-on therapy. Although glucosamine and chondroitin have benign adverse effect profiles, the clinical benefit of using these agents remains questionable. The available evidence is difficult to interpret due to the use of different manufacturers, salt forms, compositions, sources, strengths, regimens, therapy durations, and combinations of active ingredients. Further study is required in order to clarify the uncertainty around the clinical benefit of using these agents and quantify any treatment effect that exists.”

      For more on this study, visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5356289/

      A note for pet parents using glucosamine. There is both Glucosamine hydrochloride and glucosamine sulfate.

      Glucosamine hydrochloride (HCL), an amino sugar helps to stimulate growth of cartilage cells. According to DMV 360, DR. Brunke,” Glucosamine hydrochloride is an amino sugar, but it’s not involved in the glucose pathway. It’s a building block of the cartilage matrix and stimulates growth of cartilage cells. Glucosamine is readily available, cheap and can be given safely to diabetic patients”, adds Dr. Brunke.

      “Notice that we’re discussing glucosamine hydrochloride, here, not glucosamine sulfate. Although glucosamine sulfate is absorbed better, there have been no studies published showing that glucosamine sulfate actually shows up in synovial tissue after it’s been ingested orally. A joint supplement doesn’t help if it doesn’t get where it needs to be.” He goes on to discuss the dosage, ” loading dose of two times maintenance for four to six weeks is required for glucosamine hydrochloride to reach therapeutic levels. Maintenance is 500 to 1,000 mg for a 75-lb dog, which works out to about 15 mg/kg.”

      As for Chondroitin Sulfate,Dr Brunke adds “This supplement works by inhibiting cartilage-destroying enzymes, but it’s difficult to source and extract, which raises the cost. Chondroitin is a large molecule with variable absorption, though some companies produce a low-molecular-weight version that can increase absorption from the gastrointestinal tract.”

      “Chondroitin requires a loading dose similar to glucosamine, and the standalone dosage is the same as glucosamine. When given with glucosamine, chondroitin has a synergistic effect, and has been shown to lessen inflammation if given before a joint injury in dogs,” says Dr.Brunke.

      Omega -3 Fatty Acids also supports joint health in dogs. A study concluded that when carprofen was given together with Omega-3’s, arthritic dogs needed less carprofen.

      Eggshell membrane contains glucosamine,chondroitin,hyaluronic acid and collagen, yet there are no studies to show that this works for canine arthritis, yet studies in humans demonstrate that eggshell membranes do help. Movoflex soft chews may help to support joint health in dogs.

      Green-lipped mussels (not farm raised) may help due to the high levels of Omega- 3 fatty acids. For more on Dr. Brunke’s article, visit: http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/joint-supplements-dogs-helpful-vs-hype

      A study published in Science Daily discussed the benefits of physiotherapy for arthritic pets.

      That said, always consult with your veterinarian as to the best advice when it comes to supplements for your dogs!

      For more on hip dysplasia, visit:https://www.usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsID=2288

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