Puppy food?

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  1. *blackrose

    *blackrose "I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"

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    With puppy coming home in two weeks, I've decided the one thing I haven't thought about is puppy food!

    Due to lack of wanting to have multiple types of food in the house...does a puppy REALLY need puppy food? Or is adult food okay?

    For a dog that will be maturing 80-90 pounds, is a large breed puppy food needed, or would just a "generic size" puppy food be okay?

    I've always switched over my pups to adult food when they were around 5-6 months old, but they've all been medium sized dogs. That still okay?

    I'm realizing I haven't done this puppy thing in about six years. LOL Should be interesting.
     
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    Our last two pups have just eaten an all life stages food like the other dogs. There are lots of ALS options now, too!
     
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    I get super paranoid about the ca/phos levels for growing puppies. I would definitely feed a LBP food if I wasn't going to check out all the ratios.

    I love Precise LBP and Fromm LBP for a moderately priced, grain inclusive puppy food with appropriate levels.
     
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    What is the proper Ca/P ratio I should be looking at?

    I may just switch Cynder and Future Puppy over to an ALS food instead of having the hassle of feeding two different foods, then switching puppy over again...

    Does protein/fat content matter with growing pups? I typically go with middle of the road values anyway (neither high or low), but just wanted to double check.

    ETA:

    I feed Cynder Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice. This is what it says on their website:
    Does that mean it is an ALS food? I didn't see a Ca:p ratio listed on the nutrient panel...

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    Similarly, their large breed lamb and rice puppy food also says that it meets the the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages.
     
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    Yes, if they say that it meets nutritional requirements for all life stages, then it's All Life Stages.

    eta and personally if it was okay-ed as food puppies can eat, I would just feed the same thing as the adult for convenience sake.
     
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    A 1:1 or 1:1.1 ration of Ca/Phos is considered ideal for growing large breed puppies.
     
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    I tend to be careful of the calcium/phosphate/protien ratios in the food I feed. With that being said, I feed Fromm's Grain Free and Four Star Nutritionals and have had really good results.

    I tend to dog sit alot for other cardi people, and I find that Fromm's is easy for most dogs to transition to, and I have very glossy coats and no allergy problems. It also helps build what I consider to be correct muscle tone.

    I don't feed puppy food, because Fromm's has the ratios I'm looking for.

    You may want to consider giving your pup the occasional spoonful of yogurt; I find that vanilla tends to go down better then plain, and also the occasional chicken neck.

    I also supplement with green cow tripe, but I don't use a whole lot of that because it's so high calorie. Just enough for them to get the benefits of it.
     

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