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Labradoodle Care

Feeding Guide

The best way to ascertain if you are feeding correctly is to feel your dog’s ribs. You should just barely be able to feel them, as they should have a light covering of fat. If you can’t feel ribs, your dog is overweight, but if you can really feel ribs your dog is underweight.
During growth spurts your puppy’s ribs may occasionally become easy to feel, which is ok for a short period of time during growth spurts, but increase food quantities.
The better quality foods lead to less puppy smells at both ends, and smaller firmer poohs. Follow the feed guide on food packet; be careful not to over-feed as it can cause diarrhoea.

 

Timing

Use stainless steel or other stable, unbreakable bowls as they are easy to clean and puppies can't chew them. It is a good idea if you feed puppy Natural Balance Puppy kibble, as it is what we have been feeding puppies. There is no problem changing to another brand, however it must be done very gradually, over a week. It is recommended you use good quality Kibble brands. For people in WA, you will receive a sample pack of Natural Balance Kibbles so that your puppy continues with the same food he/she has been used to.

It is advised to use premium quality foods which are a completely balanced food including calcium, minerals, vitamins, etc. for growing puppies. The better quality foods also lead to less puppy smells at both ends, and smaller firmer poohs. Here at OffTheEdge labradoodles, the puppies and dogs have access to Kibbles all day long. They eat when they want/need to, this way they don’t binge.

Your Puppy will have been fed on Perth made Natural Balance Super Premium High Energy Puppy Kibbles, and for those that are in or around Perth or south WA, you will receive a 3 kg bag of this food with your puppy, plus details on how to obtain this food. www.naturalbalance.net.au. It is only available in certain pet shops and Vet clinics, but for the Perth area, it will be delivered to you free of charge. The kibbles contain all that is required for the healthy growth and health of you puppy/dog and nothing extra is really required.

We usually make sure they have no food after 5-6pm so as to have clean nights. They also get a raw bone every other day or so.

Foods to avoid

It’s no secret that most dogs love food. While giving in to those hopeful eyes and sharing food from your plate may seem tempting, it is important to remember that there are some human foods that need to be avoided at all times. The foods listed below are highly toxic to canines and even small doses can make your dog very sick or in some cases can be fatal. If you do keep these foods in the house be sure to store them well away from curious noses and remind guests (particularly children) to always ask before feeding anything to your pet. If you suspect your dog has consumed any of the foods listed below please seek veterinary assistance immediately.

Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical that acts as a cardiac stimulant and can affect the lungs, kidneys and central nervous system. Just like humans, chocolate is very appealing to dogs and it is one of the most common causes of canine poisoning, particularly around holidays such as Easter and Christmas. The level of toxicity relates to the type of chocolate, with milk chocolate being the least toxic and dark chocolate the most, due to the higher levels of cocoa

Onions

An extremely common pantry item, onions contain thiosulphate, which is highly poisonous to dogs and causes hemolytic anemia - the destruction of red blood cells. Onions (and their close relative shallots) are toxic in all forms but raw in particular. Common symptoms of hemolytic anemia include weakness, vomiting, blood in urine and breathlessness. In severe cases a blood transfusion may be needed.

Note: Garlic also contains thiosulphate, albeit in much smaller quantities therefore a very large amount would need to be ingested to cause an adverse effect. Small amounts of dried garlic can actually have a positive effect on your pet’s health.

Xylitol

Xylitol is type of artificial sweetener commonly found in sugar-free chewing gum and baked goods. Ingesting xylitol can stimulate the pancreas to secrete insulin, causing a rapid drop in blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) and in large amounts can cause fatal liver damage. Symptoms of xylitol poisoning include disorientation and seizures, which can occur within 30 minutes of consumption.

Caffeine

Along with the usual suspects (coffee, tea and soft drinks), caffeine can also be found in some medications. Dogs are more sensitive than humans to the effects of caffeine and ingestion of a moderate amount (such as coffee grounds) can cause damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and central nervous system. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include hyperactivity, vomiting, staggering gait, muscle tremors and convulsions.

Macadamia Nuts

Although the macadamia nut poisoning is not usually fatal it can cause uncomfortable symptoms in dogs including weakness, drunken gait and joint swelling within 6-24 of consumption.

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