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Introduction and feeding question

Post by Inga M » Wed, 20 Nov 2002 00:58:12



Hello all,

I've been lurking here for several years and have gained a lot of valuable
information during this time...so thanks to all of you for sharing your
knowledge.

We have just adopted/rescued a 6 year old male Rottie and I'm curious about
the feeding schedule.   As a life-long dog owner of medium to smaller sized
dogs, we've always given a breakfast of a cookie or two and then their main
meal is at supper-time.  For a large dog, should I divide his daily meal
requirments into 2 portions (breakfast/supper) or give it to him all at
once?

With thanks,
~Inga

 
 
 

Introduction and feeding question

Post by Rock » Wed, 20 Nov 2002 04:15:19


Inga M. wrote in rec.pets.dogs.health:

Quote:
> We have just adopted/rescued a 6 year old male Rottie and
> I'm curious about the feeding schedule.   As a life-long
> dog owner of medium to smaller sized dogs, we've always
> given a breakfast of a cookie or two and then their main
> meal is at supper-time.  For a large dog, should I divide
> his daily meal requirments into 2 portions
> (breakfast/supper) or give it to him all at once?

Rottweilers are one of the breeds prone to bloat, so I'd divide
his food up into 2 daily meals.

And congratulations!  Rotties are one of my favourite breeds -
bring him by the Fez Dome some Monday night to say hello!

--
--Matt.  Rocky's a Dog.

 
 
 

Introduction and feeding question

Post by Inga M » Wed, 20 Nov 2002 04:30:54


Thanks Matt,  I've done a fair bit of reading about Rotties, and noticed
that bloat was mentioned.
I'll re-read the information and get educated on this and other things.

Best,
~Inga

Quote:
> Rottweilers are one of the breeds prone to bloat, so I'd divide
> his food up into 2 daily meals.

 
 
 

Introduction and feeding question

Post by Walter » Wed, 20 Nov 2002 06:11:59


I like the two meal  day program morning and early evening. Of course
different dogs react differently depending on their lifestyle and t
helike, but as a general rule that works best for me, with at least
one day a week or every two weeks of no food at all.
 
 
 

Introduction and feeding question

Post by Chris Mortime » Wed, 20 Nov 2002 19:17:16


Congratulations on your rescue, Rotts are my passion, you will love him.  I
see my feeding plan is quite different from the others, but I feed once a
day, in the early evening.  Have always done so with my Rotts and other
dogs - it fits in well with our hectic daily schedule and has worked for the
dogs.  I feed raw, and although the main meal is in the evening, they always
get a meaty bone after our morning trek to the veld, or swim.

I think you have to do what suits your schedule best, and if you don't
overfeed you won't have a problem with bloat.

Good luck.

Chris Mortimer

Quote:
> We have just adopted/rescued a 6 year old male Rottie and I'm curious
about
> the feeding schedule.   As a life-long dog owner of medium to smaller
sized
> dogs, we've always given a breakfast of a cookie or two and then their
main
> meal is at supper-time.

 
 
 

Introduction and feeding question

Post by Inga M » Thu, 21 Nov 2002 01:17:34


Thanks for the replys...seems the Moose is a hungry boy!  I'll divide his
food into two portions and see how he does on that schedule.  Lot's of
adjusting for him and of course for us....but seems to be fitting into our
little family quite nicely.  Then again, it's only been 16 hours.  :-)
 
 
 

Introduction and feeding question

Post by Steve Cra » Thu, 21 Nov 2002 10:29:34


Quote:

> Hello all,

> I've been lurking here for several years and have gained a lot of valuable
> information during this time...so thanks to all of you for sharing your
> knowledge.

> We have just adopted/rescued a 6 year old male Rottie and I'm curious about
> the feeding schedule.   As a life-long dog owner of medium to smaller sized
> dogs, we've always given a breakfast of a cookie or two and then their main
> meal is at supper-time.  For a large dog, should I divide his daily meal
> requirments into 2 portions (breakfast/supper) or give it to him all at
> once?

> With thanks,
> ~Inga

Inga,
  Congratulations on getting a Rottie. I've been owned by a number of
them over the years and they are truly an incredible animal. Be very
mindful this is a truly stubborn critter by nature, don't let him get
away with anything. He'll never forget and he'll run you ragged trying
to correct it later. My last Rottie died this past summer at 14 years
and 8 months of age. She finally succumbed to lymphoma cancer at a
pretty ripe age for a Rottie.
  Some things to do. Be very sure to feed a large breed food. It will
be lower in calcium and lower in energy than a typical puppy food.
This is very important to reduce the chances of OCD, reduce the
severity of hip problems and half dozen other skeletal problems. A
large breed food will slow the growth rate down allowing musculo
skeletal development to proceed at the right rate. The most common
disease cause of death in a Rottie is kidney failure. You can reduce
your risks by always feeding a low phosphorous food. Try to stay under
0.75% once he's an ***.  Keep the weight down. My Britta was a
confirmed thief and if you left anything out on the kitchen counter it
would be gone by morning.
Best of Luck
 
 
 

Introduction and feeding question

Post by Inga M » Thu, 21 Nov 2002 23:48:40


Hello Steve,  Thanks for the info, I have him on a large breed kibble right
now and at 78lbs I've been told that he could afford to have just a "bit"
more wieght on him.  On the advice of the vet, I'm currently feeding him
2.5cups in the morning and ditto for supper.  He also gets a couple of
cookies for treats.

Although I'm not terribly familiar with the breed, the Moose is
**exceptionally well-behaved** and eager to please.  No doubt he came from a
"good" home, although being at the pound  for 5 weeks , it's not a wonder
how pleased he is with his new home.

At this time, the only issue I have is his size and the hair....but this is
an adjustment on our part not the Moose's.  :-)

[snipped].... Be very sure to feed a large breed food.
[snipped]...Keep the weight down. [snipped]