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Old 01-15-2012, 10:25 AM
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Alright, I'm finally switching Cricket to Fromm Surf and Turf. She has dry skin and baldy reddish areas so I wanted to go to grain free and gluten free to see if that helps her skin any. Since I brought her home she has been on the Kirkland Chicken and Rice formula.

If all goes well we will eventually be switching Bamm too, but I want to first focus on Cricket's skin and go from there.

Here's my question. I'm slowly switching her over to the Fromm right now by mixing it with her other food. Once I make the final switch I have no idea how much to feed her though. The bag of Fromm is smaller and a lot more expensive than what I have been feeding, but it's higher quality as well. On the Kirkland, Cricket was getting 1.5 cups a day (half cup in AM and a cup in PM). She weighs 33lbs. The bag of Fromm says to feed a dog that is 30lbs 1 and 3/4 cup a day. That's more than what I feed with Kirkland which would mean I would be going through this food a little faster on top of paying more for it. That just seems like a lot to feed of this quality of food for a dog her size I think and I know with higher quality foods you generally feed less.

So your opinion. How much of this stuff should I be feeding her?
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:34 AM
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It completely depends on how fast she's burning calories. My 43# (1 level scoop twice daily) & 52# (1 less than level scoop twice daily) dogs eat almost the same amount of Fromm Duck & Sweet Potato each day. I'd start feeding and just gauge by her body condition, that's all I do!
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I would start feeding her the same amount you were feeding of the Kirkland, maybe a little less, and then just gauge from there - give her more if she's losing weight, give her less if she's gaining weight. The packaging on the Surf & Turf says that my 75lb dog needs about 4 cups a day - I only give her 3 when she's on straight kibble. I find that feeding guidelines on bags are rarely correct for most dogs.
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I would start feeding her the same amount you were feeding of the Kirkland, maybe a little less, and then just gauge from there - give her more if she's losing weight, give her less if she's gaining weight. The packaging on the Surf & Turf says that my 75lb dog needs about 4 cups a day - I only give her 3 when she's on straight kibble. I find that feeding guidelines on bags are rarely correct for most dogs.
^ Yup. A lot of the bag guidelines tend to overshoot, but for higher-metabolism dogs they can be spot on.

I feed the same food as my co-worker. She feeds 4 cups a day to her 140 lb mellow dog, and I feed 2 cups to my 45 lb border collie. :P
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I would just start with what you were feeding before. You could also look at kcals per cup on the bags and figure out how much you'd have to feed of the Fromm to be getting her the same number of calories.
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