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TOTW Puppy Feeding Guidelines

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We are new owners of a Golden Retriever (Charlie). We recently weened him off of Kirklands and onto TOTW - Pacific Stream. He is 12 weeks old today and weighs about 13Lbs. According to TOTW, for a puppy between 3-4 months old, we are supposed to feed him 2-3 1/4 cup a day. Does this seem accurate? Just don't want to stunt his growth.

Additionally, what are your thoughts on TOTW? Any issues?

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Not a fan of diamond made dog foods and TOTW had been implicated in the diet related DCM issue. There are other foods that are better in my opinion. Foods such as Nature's Variety be Natural line (not the grain free instinct line) Pro Plan large breed adult or puppy. I would just stay away from grain free foods with peas, legumes and sweet potato. Stock with a more meat based foods.

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I'm not a fan of TOTW but do like Diamond naturals as I fed my boys the Large breed puppy and now the all life stages. TOTW is too expensive to me per serving versus the Naturals that I can get on sale for 32-33 buck a 40 lbs bag and with 2 Goldens food can get a little pricey plus with the DCM issues I'd prefer to stay away from completely grain free.
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I wouldn’t worry about stunting his growth. You should be more worried about future health issues associated with over-feeding. Read through this article.

https://cvgrc.org/wp-content/uploads...-Grow-2017.pdf

The guidelines don’t have to be met exactly (every puppy is different) but I would keep track of his weight and record it at least 1-2 times a week and try to keep his weekly gains somewhat consistent. If you search you can find more opinions on the slow growth plan. Good luck!
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Even though TOTW contains Taurine?
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Not a fan of diamond made dog foods and TOTW had been implicated in the diet related DCM issue. There are other foods that are better in my opinion. Foods such as Nature's Variety be Natural line (not the grain free instinct line) Pro Plan large breed adult or puppy. I would just stay away from grain free foods with peas, legumes and sweet potato. Stock with a more meat based foods.
Even though TOTW has Taurine in it?
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The solution isn’t adding taurine, it’s the ingredients itself.

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To my understanding, the problem with the peas/lentils/legumes is that they block the body's ability to absorb the taurine, so adding taurine in wouldn't really be doing anything. That being said, Diamond made a TOTW grain-inclusive line. They didn't release their puppy formula in a grain-inclusive, but I'm fairly certain that all the formulas are AAFCO approved to be an all life stages food - so you could safely feed it to a puppy. Some people don't like ALS foods for a large breed puppy, but my boy did well on an ALS food and I know some well-respected breeders who feed ALS foods to their puppies.

I'm not a big fan of grain-free for puppies anyway, there's really no need to get rid of grains in a puppy's diet. Grain allergies aren't as common as people think anyway.
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When my Odin was 12 weeks I was feeding him about 1.5 cups per day of https://www.purina.com/pro-plan/dogs...d-chicken-rice -- That's equivalent to about 630 kcal per day. (Each cup of Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Large Breed is 417 kcal per cup.)

My vet said that they should be fed about 1 cup per 10lb of bodyweight per day.
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Odins dad, that’s interesting! I’ve not heard that before! I’m also feeding the PPP large breed puppy food and I’ve been giving my pup 4 cups a day with some fish oil on top of the kibble. I wasn’t counting treats so I’m thinking he’s probably getting the equivalent calories that another cup would be. He’s 60lbs at 7months old. Only thing that I was thinking though is what if your dog weighs 90lbs? I wouldn’t think anyone is feeding 9 cups a day.
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