Overfeeding can also cause digestive upset and should be adjusted accordingly. You will find that you will feed as little as half of what you were previously feeding. Please do not overfeed. After an initial adjustment period, your dog should have small, well-formed, well-digested stools with no odor. In fact, one of the most frequently heard compliments we receive is how small the stools are and how little odor there is. We do not use any artificial stool hardeners, however, so it’s possible that stress, upset stomach due to eating from the garbage or yard, bacterial or viral infection, an insufficient adjustment period, or overfeeding can cause a stool that’s not very well digested. We feel it’s better to not use stool hardeners so that one may observe if there are any problems.
Timberwolf pet foods are formulated to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages. They have met animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures to substantiate that they provide complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages. Dogs that are stressed, working, lactating, or whelping should be fed near the high end of the above range. Please adjust accordingly. Puppies eat much more per body weight than adults. Some breeders recommend letting the puppy eat as much as it wants.
Timberwolf Wild and Natural is the perfect food for young puppies as the kibble is smaller than other diets. As the mother begins to wean her puppies, slowly introduce Timberwolf Wild and Natural into their diet by soaking the food in warm water to soften.
Supplementing a dry food with fresh meat, organs, sweetbreads and tripe up to 25% of diet by weight would be consistent with good feeding practices. We do not recommend the feeding of chicken or turkey necks or backs unless possibly if included in the proper ratio as a part of the “whole animal” (Momma Wolf says to Baby Wolf, “Remember what I told you, Junior! Leave all of the nutritious organs and flesh, and eat only the backs and necks!”).
Timberwolf formulas contain all the nutrients required to reflect a natural rearing diet however dogs, like people, love and thrive on nutritional variety. The occasional use of wholesome extras should not exceed 10 – 20 per cent of the total volume of food fed. This can maximize economy and food recycling. Feeding extras encourage a robust digestive system from an early age, ensuring optimum nutrition and preventing the dog from becoming a ‘fussy eater’. Extras should be fed reservedly.
Lightly steamed green vegetables with cooked meats are the best source of extras. When preparing your own family meal try freezing extras and store in small food grade bags or containers that can be thawed out the day before use.