Hi, I'm Jane (Sophie's aunt) and I'm caring for Sophie cocker while her parents are away. My query is this!
Sophie the cocker spaniel was born in June 11 and is active, beautiful and everything she should be! However - she is the ultimate 'Poo Producer'! I feed her twice a day on the suggested (dry food) quantity but even then her output is enormous!
The food supplier I always buy from said I was feeding her too much and explained the ins and outs of over feeding! (More out than stays in/can be usefully absorbed!)
I have reduced her food, but she is still not much better!
She is also very slim and I wonder if that is just being a skinny teenager (lucky her!) and wonder when the breed starts filling out/reaching maturity/gaining more flesh?
Any help on the topic will be gratefully received.
Caring For Sophie Cocker
By: Pauline (Website Owner)
Lucky you, looking after a little Cocker puppy!
I don't think it's anything to worry about, but there are a couple of things to check.
First of all, I recommend you make sure that you are feeding Sophie the correct amount of dog food for her weight and age, and according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Once you're certain of the quantity, measure it out, don't try to guess it - you'll be surprised at just how wrong one can be!
If the manufacturer gives a lower and a higher measure for the puppy's particular age and weight, I recommend you feed Sophie slightly over the lower measure to begin with - you can always feed her more (staying within the recommended measures of course) if you need to.
It will take a few days for her 'output' to slow down and reflect what you're now feeding her; ie, it will take a little while for her 'insides' to empty. ;)
Please forgive me for asking this, but if you're feeding her twice each day, are you dividing the measure in two and not feeding her double the amount? Sorry, I don't mean to sound patronizing, I'm just trying to help. :-)
You mention that she's very slim - do you think she's underweight? If you do, have you checked her poo for worms? Is she wormed regularly?
Is she drinking plenty of water?
Are you certain the food you're giving Sophie is nutritious enough for her? Is it a good healthy dog food, specially prepared for puppies?
If you've covered all of the above and you feel she's not growing as she should, you have a couple of options.
If you're really worried about her and she seems underweight and lethargic, or she has diarrhoea, I'd take her to see her vet, otherwise wait until your friend returns and tell her about your concern.
I hope this helps!
Caring For Sophie Cocker
That's so right - it really is important to measure out your dog's food and not to guess it. Try it yourself. Try to guess what one meal should be and then weigh it - I bet you get a shock.
The extra calories will certainly make a difference, so take care.