There is a new girl that works at the local pet supply store in town and I was in there today and she was talking to a couple. I over heard their story as I waited to get to the dog food I was there to get (they were standing in the way of it.) They had a very scrawny German Shepard I am assuming they rescued from somwhere that had 3 puppies and she didnt have enough milk and obviously under nourished. Since I do know a little bit about mama's and puppies and the girl there was new and very young didnt seem to know a great deal about the dynamics of nutrition I offered some advice. I recomended general puppy food formula and not the large breed puppy food for the mom. Most everything I have been told has been dont feed your moms large breed because it has less fat/protein in it so the large breed puppies dont grow too quickly but moms need the extra fat/protein of regular to produce all that milk. The worker girl says Oh No she needs large breed because she needs more protein. I didnt want to argue with her so I just kind of waited for them to move but I did feel like the people wanting to help the dog were being led in the wrong direction and could have made a better decision because they trusted this girl who doesnt know what she is talking about. Not that it matters now but should I have made a furthure attempt to help educate both parties. I left there kind of puzzled and I have been thinking about it all day and questioning my own knowledge ingrained into my head. Or am I making too much out of it.
I always tend to find myself doing the same. If someone is being misinformed, then I will step in and advise them a different suggestion. Many times people take the word of a store clerk because they assume (and incorrectly so, usually) that they know all the answers with pets because they work there. Not always the case, our local store hires high school kids as well, thankfully I have heard them admit they dont know rather than making something up. The older ladies are quite knowledgeable though, and have a few times asked me to talk to someone when they were asked something they didnt know.
You were thinking of the dogs well being...nothing wrong with that.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
I'm not quite sure what you're saying. Lactating dogs should have a high protein diet along with weaned pups. Most large breed foods offer higher protein. In fact it doesn't hurt to feed a lactating dog puppy food because of the higher protein and fat content. You can't feed a dog too much protein unless the have kidney issues. The protein guideines are usually:
I raise Weims (large breed), I have a litter right now. I have large breed pup for the puppies and regular puppy food for the mom because the large breed does have less protein/fat in it. Large breed pups grow very fast and if given the protein/fat in the regular puppy food they can grow even faster which is not what you want to happen because it causes all kinds of growth disorders. Right now the regular I have is 32/22 and the large breed is 27/15. Granted thats not all that you look for in puppy food. The couple there said they didnt have a lot of money and were looking a little cheaper (not too bad but cheaper) food. I think they should look up a German Shep rescue or something to be honest.
When I refer to "regular" I am refering to regular puppy food not just regular maintence food.
I work at Petco and let me tell you - I definitely do not know everything about pets. I only mainly can give advice on what I know - dogs and hamsters - but only because I have had plently of experience with my own. I have heard countless times other employees giving people advice that I know is wrong, and I do the same thing, suggest other options or point them in the right direction. However, if you are unsure or doubt someone's advice - ask to speak to a specialist or a manager. I know if I don't know an answer to a question, I seek out someone who does. Even customers have been so helpful in teaching me and others from their own experience. Honestly, I never knew that a large breed mother should not eat large breed food - I have learned something from you guys and I appreciate that. The point of the story is, yes, you cannot always trust those who work in a pet store because one assumes because they work there, they know what they are talking about.
Unfortunately, just like with vets when it comes to nutrition not all pet store employees are created equal LOL. Some are pretty good and others don't know or care to know much about it or recite from what they've been taught without actually knwoing why
I feed dams puppy food or high quality life stage food depending on how they are doing and how many pups and also add in a scoop of cottage cheese or yogurt
I had to add 18% protein for regular adult food is quite low IMO. Mine all eat kibbble that is 26%. I find the average high quality food are somewhere between 20-28. Then come the grain free ones that are much higher
18% for a regular dog food for the average dog is too low IMO unless maybe the dog has some sort of medial issue requiring lower protein
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