Jimbo's April 2015 Newsletter
The days are getting shorter, daylight savings is fast approaching its end and it is a little like the aging process. My Hoon is loosing her hooniness - just one hoon at a time - but seemingly there is a little less wheel spin in the take-offs now. I’m talking about my dog, Poppy, who is approaching 9 and is certainly not the complete thunderbolt she used to be. Where most mornings she would scream out the front door (sometimes actually waiting for it to be open), barking "Demons be gone, demons be gone!" and completing several circuits of the front section of the property looking like a hairy low-flying rocket as she bounded around the place, she now steps out quietly and takes in the ambience of the general vicinity before deciding whether to retire to the people bed for a cuddle or to pinch the cat's warm milk.
We were at Ma and Pa's for dinner last night and they have a new Foxie pup named Molly. Well, she’s like a fart in a jar just waiting for someone to let her out and while Poppy was suitably playful and gentle with her, the spring did unsprung just a tad quicker than what it used to. Pre-dinner there was much hilarity and whizzing around the place but after chill-out time while the peoples were eating, Poppy was just a little slow to spring back into action. Molly was keen to keep the ball rolling, so to speak, but the intensity was a little beyond Poppy.
This kind of leads into feeding and the regular questions we are asked around feeding pups and dogs. We often hear “How do I feed my puppy?” or “What should I feed my older dog?”
Practically speaking, before the proliferation of brands and lifestage products for dogs (and cats) we fed pups, adults and the aged the same post-weaning - nothing has changed aside from the marketing arms of a number of pet food companies. Think about it in the wild - once weaned, lion cubs eat the same as their parents (but larger amounts than an adult of the same size would eat). Apply the same principals to pups and oldies and you will be fine - and always always always feed to condition; Feeding Guides are just that, a guide. If in doubt give our Pet Advisor a call on 0800 PET HELP.