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WE'VE ALWAYS HAD BEAGLES. JUST ADOPTED 3 BEAGLE PUPPIES (now 10 weeks). Are currently on NutraMax natural puppy dry food. They like it, will eat anything (as you know). Feeding 3/4 cup total (each) 3-4 feedings a day. Lots of poops! Wondering if I can add chicken (boiled, shredded, add green beans, carrots....maybe white or brown rice) about 1 tbs. per meal?
Do you use Blue Diamond foods (recommended to me)?
 

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perk4orr ,
3/4 cup total food split into 3-4 feedings per day should be fine. Please make sure dogs have plenty of fresh water. If dogs are outside during the day make sure they can find shade if needed as the days are getting warm. Just a thought: at 10 weeks have pups been wormed? I know you are busy , but , please puppy proof the area as dogs will eat or try to eat things that are harmful to them.

Nutro Brand pet foods are good quality. NutroMax puppy food is fed by many with no complaints. I have not used this food myself.

The named meat meal source is the first ingredient which is good , however , the wheat flour and corn gluten in the first 5 ingredients is something you don't need...IMO
NutroMax chic meal and rice puppy food ingredient list:
Chicken Meal, Ground Whole Wheat, Wheat Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Rice, Rice Bran, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Carnitine, Potassium Iodide, Copper Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Manganous Oxide, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1) , Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Blue Buffalo pet foods are top quality and a very popular dog/puppy food. Take a look at the first five ingredients....................................

Blue Buffalo chic and rice puppy food ingredient list:
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Rye, Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Menhaden Fish Meal (source of DHA-Docosahexaenoic Acid), Natural Chicken Flavor, Whole Potatoes, Peas, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Dried Egg, Blueberries, Cranberries, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Garlic, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Turmeric, Sunflower Oil (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Fish Oil (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Dried Chicory Root, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Caramel, Potassium Chloride, Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product

To answer your question about what you can add to your puppy food:

Be careful adding rice as it may cause constipation if too much rice is used and the pups do not need to strain to have a BM.
Chicken is always good and a quality meat source.
The veg, green beans and carrots may not help much unless pureed into mush and even then a dog has a hard time digesting veggies as they do not have the needed enzyme for this in most cases and of course the veggies may cause diarrhea, you can try a small amount as a test.....

This is what I would do. Use a top quality dry puppy food and not add anything for the first 6 months. Use one that your puppies like and agrees with them. Supply lots of clean water and you know the rest. As you can see from the ingredient list for the Blue Buffalo puppy food it has everything your pups need and you don't need to worry.

Always keep a check on current Dog Food and Treat recalls.

Use this link to help you compare dogfoods: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

Sorry about the long post , but it is the only way I know to answer correctly and give you enough info to help make an informed choice.

Good Luck , oldhounddog



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