FRIENDSHIP FARM ‘N MORE & HORIZONS STANDARD & MINIATURE POODLES
APPROXIMATE FEEDING SCHEDULE FOR NEW PUPPIES
OUR PUPPIES ARE SUPPLEMENTED WITH GOATS MILK FROM BIRTH WHEN NECESSARY, WHILE THE DAMS MILK SUPPLY IS INCREASING, AND TO PREVENT OVER DEMAND ON THE DAM CAUSING MILK FEVER OR KETOSIS. PLEASE SEE PUPPY SUPPLEMENTATION CHART FOR INTAKE WHEN BITCH WASN’T IN FULL SUPPLY. WE BEGIN THE WEANING PROCESS, AND INTRODUCTION TO PAPER TRAINING AT THREE WEEKS, WITH SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDINGS OF GOATS MILK THICKENED WITH RICE BABY PABLUM 4 TO 5 FEEDINGS PER DAY. AT FOUR WEEKS WE START ADDING WET MASHED ADULT LAMB & RICE KIBBLE & GREEN VIBRANCE TO THE RICE CEREAL MIXTURE. WHEN THE BABY TEETH ARE THROUGH AT APPROXIMATELY SIX WEEKS WE START VACCINES AND TOTALLY WEAN PUPS AND INTRODUCE A WATER DISPENSER AND ALSO ADD COOKED RICE, COOKED OATMEAL, COTTAGE CHEESE, CARROTS & GARLIC, AND A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF A GOOD ORGANIC CANNED MEAT OR FRESH COOKED LIVER (OF ANY KIND) TO THE SOAKED KIBBLE AND GOAT MILK, DROPPING THE RICE BABY CEREAL. THIS MIXTURE IS FED MORNING AND EVENING TO 6 MONTHS, AND THEN EACH AM FOR THE REST OF OUR POODLES LIVES. ADULT LAMB & RICE DRY KIBBLE IS INTRODUCED AT 6-7 WEEKS FREE CHOICE, AND FED FREE CHOICE THE REST OF THE POODLES LIFE. A GOOD ORGANIC CANNED DOG FOOD CAN GRADUALLY BE INCREASED TO ½ CUP/DAY, WATCHING FOR ANY VOMITING.
WE DO NOT FEED PUPPY FEEDS AS SO MANY ARE DEFICIENT IN CALCIUM, MAGNESIUM AND PHOSPHORUS WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL FOR GOOD BONE GROWTH, AND TOO MANY FEEDS TODAY HAVE UNCOOKED GRAINS WHICH ARE HARD ON A DOGS METABOLIC SYSTEM. STAY AWAY FROM FEEDS WITH CORN AS THIS IS A VERY HIGH ALLERGEN.
AT 12 WEEKS/PER STANDARD PUP: APPROXIMATELY 1 CUP ADULT LAMB & RICE KIBBLE SOAKED IN
3 TIMES DAILY HOT WATER TO COVER.
1/2 CUP GOATS MILK OR ORGANIC MEAT BROTH
½ CUP COOKED GRAIN, COTTAGE CHEESE/MEAT MIXTURE
½ TEASPOON GREEN VIBRANCE MORNING FEEDING ONLY
1 Tablespoon ground carrots & garlic or 1 Tablespoon pulp from juicing
AT 16 WEEKS/SAME AS ABOVE BUT INCREASE KIBBLE TO 1 ½ CUPS MINUS GOATS MILK TWICE DAILY, CAN SUBSTITUTE GOAT MILK WITH BUTTERMILK, YOGURT (MAKE THIS CHANGE GRADUALLY TO ACCUSTOM YOUR PUPPY TO THE DIFFERENT TASTE). INCREASE AMOUNT OF FEEDING DURING GROWTH SPURTS TO WHERE THE PUPPY LEAVES JUST A TEASPOON OR SO. WHEN THE GROWTH SPURT DECLINES AND THE PUPPY ISN’T CLEANING IT UP, CUT BACK A BIT. OFTEN WHEN TEETHING THE PUPPIES PREFER DRY KIBBLE, BUT PLEASE KEEP OFFERING THEIR SOFT FEEDING WITH THEIR CARROTS & GARLIC AND SUPPLEMENTS. SOON THEY WILL BE BACK TO GOBBLING DOWN THEIR SOFT FEEDING, WHICH MEETS THEIR NUTRITIONAL NEEDS MORE ADEQUATELY.
For miniature pups feed about 1/4 the amount, again adjusting according to the puppies needs during growth spurts.
AFTER SPAYING/NEUTERING: This is a time of great adjustment of hormone levels for your puppies and sometimes they tend to get a bit overweight. Cut your puppies ration in half, but give the same number of feedings per day. As soon as your puppy is down to the desired weight try going back to the normal feeding regimen. Most puppies will maintain the weight loss, and balance back out. Puppies that don’t get enough exercise are more prone to the weight problems. Please do not feed bacon, sausage or ham, or smoked meats to your puppies as the excess salt will contribute to pancreatitis which can often be fatal.
***NOTE: I COOK A POT OF RICE (DO NOT ADD SALT), A POT OF OATMEAL, (IN MEAT BROTH IF I HAVE IT) AND MIX IT TOGETHER WHILE WARM, WITH GOAT MILK (CAN GRADUALLY SUBSTITUTE BUTTERMILK OR ORGANIC BROTHS), AND ORGANIC COOKED MEAT AND COTTAGE CHEESE, THEN PUT IT IN LARGE COTTAGE CHEESE OR OTHER CONTAINERS AND REFRIGERATE IT UNTIL NEEDED (CAN BE FROZEN IN MUFFIN CUPS FOR TRAVEL) THIS WAY I ONLY HAVE TO FIX THE COOKED PORTION ONCE A WEEK OR LESS. MEASURE OUT A PORTION, ADD SOAKED KIBBLE, CARROTS & GARLIC, GREEN VIBRANCE, STIR AND ITS READY TO FEED. I ALSO ADD FRESH FRUITS & VEGETABLES, COOKED AND RAW, AND THE JUICE FROM COOKED VEGETABLES OR CANNED VEGETABLES AFTER THE PUPPIES HIT 12 WEEKS. MY DOGS GET ALL THE APPLE CORES, SKINS OFF BAKED POTATOES, ETC. (Carrot & Garlic – in food processor grind one large carrot to one large clove garlic-store extra in frig. – will keep for several days in tightly closed container, the same with pulp from juicing.)
VACCINATION SCHEDULE: SEE PUPPY MEDICAL RECORD . VACCINE FOR KENNEL COUGH: PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR VET.
GIARRDIA – IS NOW PREVALENT IN ALMOST ALL WILD LIFE, NOT JUST BIRDS. TO PREVENT KEEP ALL OUTSIDE WATER CONTAINERS CLEAN AND SANITIZED. KEEP PUPPIES AWAY FROM BIRDBATHS OR FISHPONDS. DO NOT PUT FOOD OR WATER CONTAINERS UNDER TREES. THE NEW GIARRDIA VACCINE IS THOUGHT TO BE BETTER AS A TREATMENT THAN AS A PREVENTATIVE.
***NOTE: Green Vibrance in the 24 oz size is available from us or through Amazon.com for approximately $55.00 plus postage. This assists in your puppy having a healthier digestive system, less fecal material, absorb nutrients better, stops passing of gas, brighter pigment, and helps to keep bad bacteria from invading their intestinal tract. Feed only adult lamb & rice kibble, or duck & potato kibble. Do not feed poodles large meals, they are snackers, and less prone to bloat if allowed to eat at their pace. Do not feed from elevated feeders.
FRIENDSHIP FARM ‘N MORE & HORIZONS AKC STANDARD & MINIATURE POODLES
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