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Old 04-22-2016, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Your opinions on feeding Adult Food Early..

Layla went to the vet yesterday for her final round of puppy shots. She is 29 pounds and 18 weeks old. Our Vet said to either change her to Large Breed Puppy food or Adult food and start only feeding her 2x an day.

He talked about how fast her bones are growing, etc...

What are your experiences/thoughts on feeding those foods at a young age?

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Old 04-22-2016, 07:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Definitely wouldn't suggest a large breed food. Pit Bulls/mixes do not tend to be large dogs and feeding them as such can cause growth issues.

As for switching to regular adult food, I don't see the issue.
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Do you know my Vet would suggest Adult food so early? I was distracted and only heard part of it - I could call him but was wondering what others thought about it. Something about her bones are growing so fast and protein?
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Growing too quickly can cause issues... One of my girls has Panosteitis while growing up because she grew too fast. It was pretty bad, and I felt horrible for her. She was in a lot of pain because of it. One of the biggest things that help her grow out of it was getting her weight down, it was very important that we got her to a slim weight. I was also advised by my vet to switch her to adult food, and not to over feed her whatsoever... I feed all my dogs an "all life stages" grain free dog food. My youngest dog I only fed the 4lb bag of puppy food that her breeder sent with her, then switched her straight to the all life stages dog food that I fed my two adult. She has been healthy as can be, and has never had any issues.
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Many people who are into canine nutrition suggest starting with adult food instead of touching puppy food. It's known to cause them to grow too fast. All of their requirements can be found in adult food. Many of the good, grain free foods actually claim their food is for all stages and don't have separate puppy foods.
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The reason you would feed a large breed puppy food versus a regular puppy food is because the calcium amount. Large Breed Puppy formulas allow for medium to large breed dogs to get the correct amount of calcium so fy don't grow old fast and allows for their bones to properly develop.

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