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06 November 2008 @ 04:00 pm
What, and how much do you feed your Boston, how much do they weigh?

I'm not the one who pays for the food so I don't have a huge say, we've been using Authority (I believe it's a Petsmart store brand) since he was a puppy and he likes it (though he eats anything so I don't know what sort of indicator that is haha) The other day I was curious so I looked it up online, like many dog foods, it has mixed reviews-not the best food but not the worst either. The place I work sells Nature's Variety and Canidae.

Also, just out of curiosity do you feed twice a day or once?
Little Sullen Girl: [mis] Bostonavintageidea on November 6th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
We feed Benton twice a day. He gets Avoderm because he was allergic to the combination of ingredients in Canidae. That is a good brand though, he's just a sensitive little boy.
Tina Pratt: Superjail Wardenenshogirl on November 6th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
I feed my BT twice a day. I mix Canidae with wet food (usually Merrick). She eats like a pig and weighs 16 lbs.
Hubert Figuierehub_ on November 6th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Stella gets 1 "Cesar" per day in the morning. There used to be a time where she'd not eat, mostly when it was mixed with dry food. But now she has been conditionned to have her bowl in the cage.

She also has a bowl of dry food available for when she is hungry (doesn't eat it all the time, so it stays), and treats.

She is 10kg/22lbs
madison maykeepclose on November 6th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Bam gets Beneful Healthy Radiance and he eats all day long. I'll fill up the bowl every time it gets empty. He shares the same bowl with my lab/bloodhound mix though. He weighs a cute little 20 pounds!
(Anonymous) on November 6th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
molly eats 1/2cup of puppy chow twice a day. That's what our vet recommended. Well, she told us 1/4 a cup when she was 2-3 months, and we've gradually increased it to 1/2 a cup because she was so thin. Now she's just right! She gets little 'treats' here and there of people food, but her main "treat" is cheerios (vet recommended that too)
Karol Ann Moorekam0520 on November 6th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
sorry that was me, dunno how I got logged out!
Jennylittlesunflower on November 6th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Going by the portions on the back of our dog food, "Orijen" Daisy gets a cup (half cup in morning half cup in evening) which is supposed to be the minimum for her age and weight - 7 months, 13 pounds, on the puppy formula.

Gambit also gets a half cup in the morning and a half cup at night, he doesn't always finish his nighttime half cup, but he is a thick little piglet at 23 pounds so I don't worry too much if he doesn't eat his whole cup. That is also within the appropriate range for an adult dog according to my dog food bag.

(Anonymous) on November 7th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, mine is 22 pounds, he gets the same as your Gambit, he used to get fed only in the evening which worked for a while but at some point we noticed he had started to inhale his food rather quickly so we decided to break it up so he could have something in the morning and then dinner. He still eats quickly sometimes but it's not as bad.
Kat: booklovekittehkat on November 6th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Beneful Healthy Weight formula because we leave them to be free-range and we have an English Bulldog who we want to keep fit. Carson weighs in at 19-21 pounds on average. Gangly little guy.
know all your enemies: dublinkelliee on November 6th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
dublin weighs a mighty 30lbs and has a rotation of many different things that i switch pretty much daily. i usually only feed him once a day, around noon.

if i'm feeding him kibble (currently he gets wellness core- ocean formula or innova evo - red meat or merrick - wilderness blend) he gets 1/2 cup a day.

i also feed dehydrated food that you add water to (the honest kitchen - force, embark, and/or thrive or grandma lucy's true - chicken) he gets a half cup of the mix which makes about a cup of food.

i know they say not to switch a dogs food cold turkey to prevent stomach/digestive upset, but his poops are solid even though he gets something different every day. they were loose at first, but he's used to it now and has a cast iron stomach. i'm a firm believer in switching up a dogs diet at least once every 3 months, partly to prevent allergies from developing but mainly for a more balanced diet. there is not any one dog food brand that has it all (and not every food works for every dog), so i'm not loyal to just one brand or any particular meat source.

have you been to dogfoodanalysis.com? natures variety and canidae are good brands too, and i have used them before. i just have so much food right now i wont need to buy more for a while!
miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on November 7th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
jim is 20lbs and gets ground turkey or beef with innova evo in the morning and then evo at night (free fed) along with a pork neck bone.
hello_blondie on November 7th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Airborne gets fed twice a day; he eats Eukanuba. He weighs 19lbs.
stacyleigh_1999stacyleigh_1999 on November 7th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Gracie gets 1 cup everyday. I used to feed her twice a day (1/2 cup twice) when she was house training but we have a doggy door now and she can go out at her leisure and she doesn't always finish her food so I just feed her once. She'll sometimes snack on it and other times wolf it all down. She weighs in at a tiny 14lbs and the vet said that was fine. she just turned 2.
i'm terrified.ce_soir on November 7th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
i feed twice. 1/4 - 1/2 a cup depending on how much activity he has or will have. if he is running around all day long i will give him a little more.
i feed my dog dick van patten dog food. he has terrible allergies so i have to even though it's kind of expensive, it's worth it.
i'm terrified.ce_soir on November 7th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
oops sorry and he weighs 16lbs. when we switched him to the organic food he lost about 4lbs.
weapon_pen on November 7th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Gunther is a whopping 14 pounds, and eats raw food now. He mostly eats chicken, but I rotate in things like beef ribs and organ meat, and tripe (his smelly favorite). Rule of thumb for raw diet is 2-3% of their body weight (I find that since Gunther is active, he needs more like 4%) and make sure they get lots of bones to chew on, especially since Bostons have those bulldog jaws, fed once a day, alternating the time day to day.

I noticed a difference almost immediately upon switching him. His fur is shinier and softer, he poops very little, as his body is using most of what he eats rather than it being indigestible filler, and his gas problem virtually gone (unless he gets a rawhide to chew on).

I've been extremely happy with the results, and it's been cheaper than the dog food I was feeding before.

Here's some links if you're interested in learning more:

masonatermasonater on November 8th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
thanks for posting this...

im realizing that three times a day is too much i guess!! Mason is 10 weeks old and 10 pounds... however hes not chubby, just large overall. His paws are enormous so i feel like hes not going to be teeny.

i actually mix his food. Half is NutriSource (which is what he was getting with the breeder) and the other half is the costco puppy stuff, which i was scared to give but after asking around is apparently more than ok.
know all your enemies: happydogkelliee on November 10th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
actually, feeding puppies 3 times a day is good! you dont want to feed them too much at once, so its good to break it down into smaller meals. once he gets a little older (around 6-8 months old) you can cut it down to two times a day.