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First time pet parents need help with my girl’s diet

Hello everyone! My husband and I are 1st time pet parents. Our 7.5 month old girl is the center of our world now Her name is Zia. She is lovely! very active, playful and happy 🙂 We have been feeding Zia 3 meals a day-
Morning-RC puppy food
Afternoon-rice, boiled veggies, some soya chunks and 1 boiled egg
Night- rice and yogurt
Her current weight is 30kgs. The doctor said we should be cutting down 1 meal and give her 2 meals since she is already big. Since then we have been giving her 2 meals and make sure she gets 2 eggs a day, sufficient soya for protein, enough veggies for other nutrients and brown rice. Besides we give her fruits as treats. I am extremely worried as I many articles on over weight retrievers and life expectancy etc etc. She is my life, I really want to give her the best life that i can. But I am really worried that I have messed up!!!!!
P.S: we are vegetarian, so we don’t cook meat, however I occasionally feed her boiled chicken and just ordered some fish powder to add to her meal
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Its not the number of meals per day that's the problem but the cumulative quantity of food in a given day. Do you have a moral or ethical objection to feeding dog food? I see you feed it in the morning but vets will tell you to ease up on the 'people' food and make sure a majority of her food is from a well balanced and formulated dog food. You can also switch her off puppy food to adult or all life stage food. My dog gets 3 meals a day still (she's 13 months) and she hasn't even broken 60 lbs (26-27kg range). Breed standard for female goldens is 55-65 lbs at maturity. So I can understand why the vet wants a dog that weighs 66 lbs to slow down and take some weight off.

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My wife and I also don't eat meat but in the case of our girl we feed her a balanced diet of dog food. We don't feed her people food. Dogs do require a different diet than people so I would agree that dog food would be a better way to go. I'm not an expert but I believe animal proteins would be better than soy. There are nutrients they will get from meat that I don't think will be in soy products.
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Thanks very much! I don’t have any problem in feeding her dog food it’s just that she has become very fussy in eating it. She seems to prefer home cooked food over her RC meal. However, I will shift to the adult feed and see if she likes it any better!
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Besides, any suggestions on the dog feed? Or Royal Canine is good enough? I also heard good reviews on Purina Pro.
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So the pickiness is coming from being spoiled with people food. Stop putting toppers on her food and she'll stop being picky. No dog will starve themselves. I, personally, feed Pro plan 30/20 and have had zero problems with pickiness but my dogs are food hounds who think kibble is the cat's meow (also the cat food is double cat's meow those scamps). Our dogs get people food as treats (veggies, fruit, eggs, etc), but it's like a "rare" or "sometimes" and not a daily thing.

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Same as above, people food is always a "treat" for us and that's usually a few carrots or boiled egg, but it's not an everyday thing. They'll start to expect it all the time and reject anything else you put in front of them. Cut back on it, let her get to the point where she'll have no other option but to eat her kibble and get back to a consistent feeding.

I use PPP as well, but RC and PPP are pretty common among Goldens.

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I, too, would move to only dog food. You'll know you are feeding a well balanced diet and that she is getting every thing she needs. I feed Pro Plan, too, but RC is fine, too. If you do decide to switch to Pro Plan, do so gradually mixing it with the RC, gradually increasing the ratio of PP over the course of about a month.

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Thank you very much everyone! This is very helpful
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Besides, any suggestions on the dog feed? Or Royal Canine is good enough? I also heard good reviews on Purina Pro.

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