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Apollo_Moon
02-15-2012, 10:21 AM
I was curious if any of you guys have ever put your cocker puppies on wet puppy food. The Puppy's For Dummies book says not to, but why not? They have specific wet food for puppies. I am fond of wet food cause sometimes its cheaper than the dry food itself or for like a special dinner. So I'm curious, would you guys give me some insight on it?

manuel
02-15-2012, 11:38 AM
Honestly, I don't think it matters although they say dry food is better for their teeth. You want to stay away from cheaper foods with cocker spaniels. They're prone to food allergies (i.e. diarrhea). You'll have more problems with allergies using cheaper brands.

Apollo_Moon
02-15-2012, 12:49 PM
I'm going have Apollo on Purina One. It's not extremely pricey but it's certainly not the cheap stuff. Petsmart has wet food for puppies. I was thinking I'd find one that doesn't upset Apollo's system and stick to it with his dry food.

DJ's Three
02-15-2012, 01:30 PM
I would, at least for the first month you have Apollo home, would stick with the food that his breeder is currently feeding him. There will be a lot of changes going on in his life and tummy issue can appear when puppies are stressed.

Then changing him to what you want should be done gradually. Try for a puppy food or all stages food that is not full of fillers. I personally stay away from corn, wheat and soy to start with. The protein source should be the first ingredient listed.

Apollo_Moon
02-15-2012, 01:56 PM
The breeder doesn't have him on any specific. They change it according to what they can afford. The Purina One that I'll switch him to is Lamb and Rice. Should I get the food he's currently eating, I think he's eating adult dog food. Should I still continue or would it be better to put him on new consistent food designed for puppies?

manuel
02-15-2012, 04:46 PM
The breeder doesn't have him on any specific. They change it according to what they can afford.

That raises more questions than answers. Like DJ said, I would stick to whatever he's currently on so ask your breeder. Ask your breeder how he's doing on his current dry food.

Apollo_Moon
02-15-2012, 05:30 PM
When I had asked what he was currently on she told me it was ol Roy. And that his was doing very good on what ever they fed him each time.

Polly
02-15-2012, 05:54 PM
When I had asked what he was currently on she told me it was ol Roy. And that his was doing very good on what ever they fed him each time.Oh my.. Ol Roy is junk..

Apollo_Moon
02-15-2012, 06:21 PM
I know, it tore my Husky's system apart really bad, so I was like, I really don't want Apollo on that food. But I know I have to slowly transition him over.

Hersh'sMom
02-15-2012, 10:15 PM
I'm sorry to say that this breeder really doesn't sound all that reputable. 'What food they can afford', 'Ol Roy', 'no shots yet', 'CKC'. All these statements raise BIG RED FLAGS. I'd run the other way if I were you and find a more reliable breeder.

Polly
02-15-2012, 10:57 PM
I'm sorry to say that this breeder really doesn't sound all that reputable. 'What food they can afford', 'Ol Roy', 'no shots yet', 'CKC'. All these statements raise BIG RED FLAGS. I'd run the other way if I were you and find a more reliable breeder.
Your words right out of my mind Robin!!! Just what I was thinking....

karenwalksthedogs
02-15-2012, 11:54 PM
I'm with Robin and Polly.

deborah
02-16-2012, 02:28 AM
Agreeing with all the BIG red flags. If you want to read more about dog foods, http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ is a great site to browse.

Hersh'sMom
02-16-2012, 02:41 AM
Just wanted to throw in that I realize you put a deposit down. Did you sign a contract? Do they do health testing (at the very least OFA and CERF) on their breeding stock? Does the breeder offer any health guarantees??? If no guarantees, I'd take a loss on the deposit and find another pup. The price of that deposit will be the least amount of money I bet you'll spend on vet visits for problems with the pup in its lifetime.

cockermom
02-16-2012, 09:25 AM
I am sorry, I know you are excited and all but I have to agree. The red flags on this pup are huge . There are way too many genetic diseases in the cocker spaniel to not deal with a reputable breeder. That means all the testing for eyes, hips as well as other diseases. A proper diet, vaccinations at the right time and someone who has researched and bred this pup to better the breed. Get online and research health and genetic problems with cocker Spaniels so you know what to ask and look for. As for the food, I know alot of people feed Purina One but in my opinion a grain free better quality food would be a much better choice. My dogs came from reputable breeders so I am not dealing with genetic issues but still the Vet bills can be staggering on a healthy dog, let alone one that has some of these horrible diseases.

njonblue
02-17-2012, 12:15 AM
ya this breeder sounds pretty scary. . . blue was cheap but i turned down his AKC papers and his parents were both extensively tested for health conditions and hip problems. . . plus if they can't afford to buy anything other than ol roy. . . they more than likely didn't have their stock tested and i wouldn't doubt their stock has genetic issues either.

s&smom
02-20-2012, 10:04 PM
Honestly, I don't think it matters although they say dry food is better for their teeth. You want to stay away from cheaper foods with cocker spaniels. They're prone to food allergies (i.e. diarrhea). You'll have more problems with allergies using cheaper brands.

One of our pups seems to be expriencing this. His stools are softer than his sister's and he tends to have watery eyes and sneezes (although that seems to occur right after he palys on the grass). They are eating Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice Puppy food, which isn't the cheapest, but is there a better option? Also, if his sister is fine on that food, should she remain on it? BTW - I would call his stools diarrhea, just soft.

manuel
02-21-2012, 02:37 AM
Sounds like something in her diet or environment. You might try a different food on her. If that doesn't seem to help I would see your vet or possibly a specialist. It may sound expensive seeing a specialist now but you'll save money in the long run and a lot of grief.

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s&smom
02-21-2012, 07:32 PM
Thanks! We will try another brand and see if it help. I asked our vet and even brought in a stool sample, but he didn't seem concerned. Maybe we should find another vet?