Life’s Abundance All Life Stages Dry Dog Food – https://www.okefeildacres.com/nutrition/
Plain Greek Yoghurt – Add one small spoon to first meal of the day, provides pro-biotics to promote a healthy gut. Feed for the life of your puppy - we use Oikos brand with live cultures
NuVet Vitamins – https://www.okefeildacres.com/vitamins/
Omega 3, 6, 9 Combination Capsule - Squeeze one capsule over the first meal of the day, provides essential fatty acids for healthy skin and a shiny coat. Also provides DHA to promote healthy brain development and higher intelligence. Feed for the life of your puppy - available in the Walmart or Sam’s Club supplement aisle and health food stores
Life’s Abundance Canned Food – Add one small spoonful mixed in at each feeding to encourage a healthy appetite, until your puppy is eating well without it being added - https://www.okefeildacres.com/nutrition/
Buttermilk Powder – Occasionally light colored Goldendoodles will develop tear staining. This is caused by a high ph level in their tears which encourages bacterial growth. The buttermilk will reduce the ph level so that the bacteria will not thrive, helping to keep your puppy's face nice and clean. Give about 1 tsp 2X daily, mixed in his food, for the life of your puppy. - Available on Amazon
Reverse Osmosis, Filtered Or Distilled Water – If your water is hard you may need to provide bottled water as mentioned. The excess minerals in the hard water can also cause tear staining and kidney stone formation.
WHY NOT FEED A PUPPY FOOD?
You may be wondering why Okefeild Acres recommends an adult or All Life Stages formula dog food for growing puppies. Increasing evidence gathered by vets and breeders is showing that high protein/calcium puppy foods are causing a dramatic increase in joint and hip problems. When a puppy receives high levels of protein and higher levels of calcium (contained in puppy formula foods), the bones grow faster than the surrounding soft tissue causing the feet to turn off to the side and promotes the problem of hip dysplasia. Lowering the protein/calcium percentage will not cause your puppy to be smaller as an adult, he will just mature to his genetic size at a slower rate.
We have had excellent results with Life’s Abundance All Life Stages food for our puppies. Keeping the protein level at 26% or lower will help your puppy to grow at a slower rate for more health bone growth and development.
HOW AND WHEN
Plan on feeding your new puppy three times a day for the first few months, then twice a day by the time they are one year old. Let them eat as much as listed for weight on the bag, divided into the three or two feedings. Add the NuVet vitamins, Yoghurt and the Omega oil capsule to the first meal of the day. Also, adding a small spoon of the Life’s Abundance Canned food will encourage a healthy appetite until your puppy is adjusted to his new home.
Overfeeding can cause diarrhea but you want to make sure that there is a nice layer of fat over the ribs. Adjust amount as needed so that your puppy is content but not overweight.
The last meal of the day should be no later than 6:00 p.m. This will give your puppy time to eliminate fully before bedtime. Water should be provided each time they eat and while they are outside playing. Withdraw water at 6:00 p.m. to help with night time housebreaking.
Probiotics are an important part of starting your puppy off right. The stress of a new environment and water can cause a puppy to develop loose stools. Add the Oikos plain greek yoghurt to the first meal of the day to provide live cultures, encouraging a healthy firm stool. Another help for loose stools is Solid Pack Unsweetened Pumpkin. Adding a small spoonful to each meal will help firm the stools up, if needed.
Occasionally a light colored Goldendoodles will develop tear staining. Feed 1 tsp buttermilk powder with each meal and provide reverse osmosis, filtered or distilled water to drink. Both of these additions to the diet will reduce your puppy's ph level so that bacteria cannot grow and thrive where the tears collect in the coat under the eyes.
INDICATION THAT FOOD IS GROWING YOUR PUPPY CORRECTLY
They are of good weight
Have tight feet
Have straight legs and pasterns
Have a full coat with a healthy sheen
Have clear, focused eyes
Have supple, smooth skin
Have no inflamed or irritated membranes (eg, ears, feet)
Have a firm stool
Display an alert, animated attitude
A HEALTHY WEIGHT
You should be able to feel all of the ribs with your hand, but your fingers should not fall between them
You should be able to find the hip bones easily by touch, but they should not be visible (unless your breed standard calls for it)
When looking straight down on the topline of most breeds of dog, you should be able to see an indication of a waist
Monitoring your dogs weight day by day is so much easier than working to fix a weight problem once it has become too obvious.
RAW FOOD DIET CAUTION
Many adult dogs that are on a raw-food diet are in wonderful condition, however, the majority of 8-week-old puppies on raw-food diets develop serious, nutritionally-generated structural problems.
Raw-food diets seem to provide more powerful nutrients than most very young puppies can fully utilize. Also, if you are a proponent of raw-rood diets, be aware of a parasite called Neospora Caninum, which may have some relation to canine encephalitis, myocarditis and paralysis.
You can obtain information from or your vet or board-certified canine nutritionist if you want to learn more about the possible dangers of feeding a raw diet.