Image from page 97 of "Kennel secrets : how to breed, exhibit, and mannage dogs" (1904)
Authors: Perry, Joseph Franklin, 1846-
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co.
Contributing Library: Webster Family Library of Veterinary Medicine
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ch soups or quitesolid feedings of vegetables, meat and bread, rice or otherstarchy food, should generally be given instead, althoughthe milk and bread, rice or oatmeal may still be allowedfor a change. But if the puppies are of medium-size breeds and strongand healthy, after the eighth month, when generous feed-ing is not likely to lessen activity and discourage exercise,and there is no longer any danger of injury to the legsand feet by heavy weight above, milk can be returnedto as the mainstay for breakfast; and it may be new orskimmed milk or buttermilk, and allowed in quite gener-ous quantities, with bread or dog cakes for thickening. With large dogs, however, these generous feedings ofmilk or like foods can scarcely be safely allowed beforethe twelfth month, because even then there is danger oftheir going over on their legs. And certainly suchfeedings, or generous drinks of any fluids, must neverbe permitted if there is weakness of the limbs, splay feetor other deformities below.
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CHAPTER V. GENERAL DIETARY. The reader ought now have a near idea of the dietetictreatment required by the average puppy, which is to befound among all varieties excepting toys and others thatmust be kept down to certain weights, fixed by standards,in order to be able to compete in their various classes atdog shows. In other words he is a puppy to whom size,health, strength and endurance are essentials of infiniteimportance. Among the so-called toys there are some fairly robust,but taken as a whole they must be considered delicatecompared with other members of their race, while someare notoriously lacking constitutionally. And this is dueto the persistent efforts to get the smallest, but not, assome writers have stated, to a persistent selection of thesmallest for breeding, for as a matter of fact only a veryfew of the smallest toys will breed. Obviously no one rule can be fixed for these varieties,and the limits of the digestive powers must be carefullystudied in every instance and t
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