Our Nutritional Recommendations
What do I feed my adult dogs and puppies? I get this question every day! For the past years my answer has changed many times as I’m always on the search for the best nutrition, low amount/odor poop (let’s be real, there is a lot of poop at my house!) and the best bang for my buck. And you must realize I have many different nutritional needs at my house, from the adult retired breeding dog, the pregnant/nursing mom and the very young puppies.
We feed our dogs and the young pups, K-9 Kravings which is a raw food (yes it is uncooked, no preservatives all natural, and balanced raw food). We do this because I believe it is the healthiest for them and builds a stronger digestive system for life. In my opinion that is evidenced by the fact we never (knock on wood) have diarrhea anymore. We used to get breakout episodes of diarrhea at every developmental stage (4 weeks, 6 weeks and 8 weeks) and have to often treat by putting antibiotics in their little bodies, which in turn would throw off the flora in their digestive tracts…it’s a vicious cycle. However, feeding raw food is not inexpensive and not always convenient. So if you would like to use a traditional kibble type food, I would recommend Life’s Abundance. This is the food I started my pups out on many years ago. I’ve tried many, many foods and always come back to Life’s Abundance All Stages Food. Today it also comes in Grain Free. Life’s Abundance has never had a recall from its manufacturing plant! It is fresh and of the highest quality with respect to ingredients! The All Life’s Stages Grain Free is what I recommend for my families with miniatures and medium puppies. For my families with Standards (the really big guys), I recommend the Life’s Abundance Large Breed Puppy food. The protein content is lower which is important for the large guys with bones that are growing so quickly. Too much protein and the extra growth could cause problems. At one year, when growth has settled down, those families can switch to the Life’s Abundance All Stages Grain Free. This product has gained the coveted 5 star rating from dogfoodadvisor.com.
Life’s Abundance is a premium food and because of its high nutritional content, you don’t feed as much. (less input means less output, guys!) There is a handy calculator called “Bag Selector” that will help you estimate how long a bag will last. There is also an auto ship feature that is not only convenient, delivering your food right to your door but saves you money with an added built in discount! Be sure to check out the dog treats as well.
When you pick up your puppy we will given a sample of the food we have been feeding . The puppy will be used to eating 2-3 times a day when he comes home. After 6 months of age some dogs are fine with just once a day. The amount to feed your puppy will depend on his weight. As they grow and age, dogs require different amounts of food so remain aware of your dog’s body weight checking it every couple of weeks and adjust the amount accordingly. Allow about 20 min. for your Australian Labradoodle puppy to eat. Uneaten food should be taken up between feedings. Fresh water should be given with every meal, as well as during and after periods of exercise.