What should i be feeding my basenji?

Hi, currently she is almost 4 months old and she is being fed a 1/2 cup, 2 times a day. And im feeding here purina puppychow. What should i be feeding my lil one? I want her to be getting the best possible food. Any suggestions. I will buy anything. And am i feeding her enough? If i should be feeding her different things at different times a day please let me know. She is my first dog too….Mishka is her name

What has your Breeder recommended?… And there are many, many different foods out there that IMO... are better then purina puppy chow... At 4 months, typically they are still on 3 times a day... till 6 months...

I would look at foods that are more natural..... there are many out there.. and there are threads on the forum about food... which can become.. a very heated discussion... (ggg)...

But who is her breeder and what did they recommend?

she didnt recommend anything, i will start feeding her 3 times a day now. Im looking for an amazing food for her. Any suggestions?

Again… anything that is natural... I use Natural Balance, but EVO is good, Canidae, and many others........

Who is her breeder? It is usually the breeder that will suggest the proper food... .... has she been DNA tested for Fanconi?.. very important.... go to www.basenjihealth.org to learn about Fanconi and other Basenji health concerns…

all i know is she has been in for all her shots and that sort of thing when the breeder took her, i took her in and she had a skin infection but i got antibiotics for it and it seems like its going away now, and had some shots. But i have no idea if she has been tested for diseases

If you know the registered name of her sire and dam then you can see if they were tested by searching the OFA database, http://www.offa.org. If they were not tested or she does not have at least one clear parent then it is highly recommended that you go to the Canine Phenome Project, http://www.caninephenome.org, and register her and follow the instructions for submitting a sample for testing.

As for foods, there are many good foods available. What you are looking for is a food that is corn and wheat free and does not contain meat by-products. Some good brands are:
Natural Balance
Blue Buffalo
Organix
Wellness
California Natural
Evo
Merricks

There are many others and even a guide on how to rate a food yourself based on their ingredient label, http://www.rotts-n-notts.com/info/display?PageID=2549

Personaly I like a raw diet (it does however take some prep work time each month). Before I switched the little ones over to raw I had them on Blue Buffalo. I liked it alot for a dry food. But really everyone has their prefered food for their babbies. But as Ivoss said, I think the main thing is to avoid alot of grains (not part of a K-9s natural diet) and to stay clear of foods that use by-products. Good luck, food is one of the great debates amongst pet parents. 🙂

I feed Hollie Innova - it got an A+ on the rate your dog food scale!!! It starts with TWO proteins, turkey & chicken!!! Hollie WUFFS it!!!

I feed Dallas blue buffalo & he seems to really like it & his coat is very pretty 🙂

Where in Washington are you located? {I'm in WA, also} 🙂

And, if you don't mind my asking, from whom did you get your pup?

We feed Evo. Rye has always loved it. Did get turned off by it for a short time but he had been sick(unrelated to the food). But he's back and loves it.

im in tacoma, and i bought my basenji in MO…i dont have my papers with me i forgot them in MO with my girlfriend. When i get her to send them to me i will tell you the things you all would like to know. And she is registered with....umm i dont remember but my girlfriend said it was the basic registration, not the AKC.

@MEANDI:

im in tacoma, and i bought my basenji in MO…i dont have my papers with me i forgot them in MO with my girlfriend. When i get her to send them to me i will tell you the things you all would like to know. And she is registered with....umm i dont remember but my girlfriend said it was the basic registration, not the AKC.

Oh, hey Tacoma! I'm in Port Orchard, just over the bridge! We're neighbors.
😃

🙂 im glad to know i can find someone to talk to from my state is on this message board.

@MEANDI:

🙂 im glad to know i can find someone to talk to from my state is on this message board.

Oh, there are a few from Washington here, and actually two others on the forum that I know of from the Port Orchard - Silverdale area. Others in, is it Renton?, Seattle, Woodinville…..

We're everywhere. 😉

Here is a link to a website that has information about some of the pet food recalls. Maybe it will help you make the best food choice for your puppy in regard to recent events.

http://www.workingdogweb.com/RSH-2007-1.htm

Hope this helps

Jason

This is not a "recent" event, the pet food recall occurred over one year ago. It is important to research foods and this event did shake up the pet food industry as it brought to light how many foods are actually manufactured all at a single plant and all made out of the same ingredients many sourced from China. It has gotten more people reading the labels on pet foods and paying more attention to what they feed.

@ComicDom1:

Here is a link to a website that has information about some of the pet food recalls. Maybe it will help you make the best food choice for your puppy in regard to recent events.

http://www.workingdogweb.com/RSH-2007-1.htm

Hope this helps

Jason

This is pretty old news, however people should be reading what is in the dog food they use…

Here is a quote from the site you referenced:
"These pet food products were recalled between March 15, 2007 and August 22, 2007 due to potential melamine contamination. No additional melamine-related recalls have been issued since August 22, 2007."

@tanza:

This is pretty old news, however people should be reading what is in the dog food they use…

Here is a quote from the site you referenced:
"These pet food products were recalled between March 15, 2007 and August 22, 2007 due to potential melamine contamination. No additional melamine-related recalls have been issued since August 22, 2007."

If you look on the site, there is other information there, including how to chose what to feed your pet. If you scroll down to the bottom, you will clearly see it.

Jason

@ComicDom1:

Here is a link to a website that has information about some of the pet food recalls. Maybe it will help you make the best food choice for your puppy in regard to recent events.

http://www.workingdogweb.com/RSH-2007-1.htm

Hope this helps

Jason

@ComicDom1:

If you look on the site, there is other information there, including how to chose what to feed your pet. If you scroll down to the bottom, you will clearly see it.

Jason

I think the focus on the responses to your posts has been on the recalls because of you mentioned them in your original and referred to them as "recent events". The follow-up posts were meant, I believe, to make sure that everyone knows the pet food recalls were last year and that there haven't been any recent new ones.

You're right that it is always good to educate yourself about foods in making the decision as to what to feed your pets.

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