I have been told to feed my 13 week old Dalmatian 3 times a day....but I wasn't told to what age to continue the 3 feeds? I have also been told to not feed him wet or dry food you can buy a supermarkets -- but to feed him balanced biscuits from the vet or pet shops (such as Eukanaba or Iams -- not sure if you have these brands as I am from Australia). These biscuits are about $35 for a 3kg bag. Do you feel this is necessary? Also, what meat is good to feed him ie beef mince, chicken mince, something else? This site is helping me out sooooo much with all these questions I have -- thanks everyone!!!
i fed mine 3 times a day until they were 4 months old then cut down to 2x a day. iams and eukanuba are good foods. stay away from any foods that use by - products especially meat by products i heard that they contain dogs and cats meat.
scout is right, with the larger breeds usually cut it back at 4 to 6 months or they will gain too much on the puppy diet. i like solid gold, artemus and steves real food, no preservatives, really good food, no wheat, corn etc. things you want to make sure aren't in there. ive heard alot about blue diamond food on this site for pups, but i haven't seen it in our area, they say it is great for pups.
Scout1 you must have missed out on the discussion of cat/dog meat in pet foods a few months back. This is a nasty rumor that has no evidence of truth to it. The FDA has tested about 100 foods for dog and cat dna residue and found nothing. Although as I recall, someone on the board seemed to think it was a govt conspiracy and you cant ever believe anything that the FDA says about food... Can't remmeber what mook said all that. By-products, while gross to humans, are perfectly normal for animals to eat. In fact, in the wild, the first thing carnivores eat isn't the meaty haunches or shoulders, but the 'by-products', the stomach, lungs, intestines, and all those other nasty organs that I wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole. However, I don't think you should be feeding your dalmatian dog biscuits only, regardless of manufacturer. I've never even heard of anyone doing anything like that. That's not really dog food IMHO. Find a dog food that your dog thrives on and start feeding that. otherwise you'll keep paying a fortune to feed your dogs treats that I'm not sure are completely healthy as a total diet. We do have both Iams and Eukanuba here in the US (they're pretty much identical, according to my vet), but you can get Iams pretty much anywhere, in grocery stores and Wal-mart even. If I were you I'd stop buying those dog biscuits and get real food, it's probably better for your dog, and will save you a ton of money.