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Old 09-01-2006, 02:06 PM   #1
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Question Is it true? Large breed owners...........

Is it true that puppies should be fed only a special puppy formula or they won't grow properly? My breeder's vet had her switch from Canidae to Nutrience Large Puppy Breed formula.

How about you large breed owners? What do you think?
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Old 09-01-2006, 03:15 PM   #2
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large puppy breeds require different nutrition.....same as a small breed like my toy poodle.

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Yes I realize that. I guess what I meant is that Canidae is an all life stages dog food, why wouldn't it be okay?
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Even though German Shepherds are medium sized dogs, I always advise my customers and myself to use Large Breed Puppy Food to eliminate too fast of growth and weight gain. If so noticed of either to get onto adult brand then. U can actually grow a dog out of its hips as well as letting it jump off tailgates, etc before 16 months old. Do not run them on hard surface for any length of time either, I give my people a puppy kit full of what nots and what toos.
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Yes but Canidae claims it is for puppies, adults, seniors........all life stages???
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Yes- you may feed canidae to your pup. Most of the higher end kibble do not have a puppy formula.
This is a great food to start your new pup on.

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Pauline,
I have a rotti mix that I was feeding the Large breed puppy food (Nutro's) when he was younger. I read somewhere on the internet that it could actually hurt them by giving them to much protein
www.newmanveterinary.com/large.html
this is the link to a page. After I read that I put back on regular puppy formula.
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I was advised not to use puppy food after a dog is 6 months of age. My dogs are German Shepherd size but until recently I wasn't even aware you could get large breed puppy food, so I just fed normal puppy food up to 6 months of age then switched to adult, however I actually feed BARF so the amount of complete food I give is only very small anyway.

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Pauline,
I have a rotti mix that I was feeding the Large breed puppy food (Nutro's) when he was younger. I read somewhere on the internet that it could actually hurt them by giving them to much protein
www.newmanveterinary.com/large.html
this is the link to a page. After I read that I put back on regular puppy formula.
The Nutro large breed puppy has a controlled growth formula, with lower protein levels making it safer for large breed puppies.
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hmmm....My vet actually had me switch Anya to adult food at 6 months since she's classified as a giant breed but I have had many large breed dogs, and believe that the large breed puppy formula is best, because it helps them grow more slowly. That way it helps you avoid bone structure issues, your vet was probably concerned at the puppy's rate of growth (I'm guessing) and thats why the large breed puppy food was suggested.

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