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Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
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We have just got a gorgeous female golden retriever puppy

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Hi, we have just got a gorgeous female golden retriever puppy (since 13.7.15) born 19.5.15, now aged 9 weeks old. This is a nutrition question. Puppy's breeder fed her on Little Champ (kibble) by CSJ and a small amount of tinned puppy dog meat mixed with the dry food and her motions were fine. As the Little Champ contains wheat (allergen) I wanted to change her to James Wellbeloved Puppy Lamb and Rice. I have been doing this very slowly and then realised I needed to omit the tinned puppy meat as this was making her a bit loose. All was fine. I feed her 4 times daily (little and often). I have given her the Little Champ/JW mix then notice her getting a bit looser again then reduce the JW even more then all is fine with motions again. Little Champ has 26% and JW Puppy Lamb & Rice 30% so higher protein. I feel a bit stuck do I need much longer to introduce the new diet but I find it difficult to know whether she can tolerate the rice as my other dog (Parsons terrier) can only tolerate meat and vegetable dry kibble and NOTa and rice diet. Puppy appears to be a bit bored of the diet as not eating as much at each serving, I gave her a little of my left over porridge (no sugar) with some puppy milk this morning and she soon ate that! I know you shouldnt keep swapping food around but wondered if she could have some scrambled egg occasionally (breakfast) or should eggs be avoided as an allergen. I know golden retrievers can suffer with skin problems so want to avoid any allergen type foods. When do you think I could reduce her meals from 4 to 3? I am weighing her food for each serving of total daily recommended amount but wondered if she was eating too often now and getting bored of her food? Any advice regarding nutrition for a puppy golden retriever would be very appreciated. Puppy is going to be a large golden retriever much bigger than my previous girl. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Category: Dog
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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi Goldie,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
The best way to avoid allergens is to start the pup on the food you are going to be feeding and stick with it. Puppy foods are designed to supply a puppy with all the nutrients and minerals and calories the puppy needs. When you supplement with other things or other foods, it makes it difficult to determine if the dog indeed is getting a balanced diet. Now an occasional treat of a cooked egg once in a while would be ok. If your other dog is on puppy food, then gradually switch her over and see how she does. Her stools should even out in a few days. Read more on diet here:
A more likely cause for loose stools in a puppy this age would be parasites and puppy should be dewormed at least once after going to a new home. I would suggest sticking to one food with no supplements and a fecal check to be sure the dog doesn't have any parasites contributing to the loose stool condition.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.