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Old 09-30-2016, 03:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Transfer from puppy food to adult

My girl will be 1 year old at the end of October. Currently I feed her Orijen puppy. When should I start gradually introducing the adult Orijen formula to her? I get a lot of mixed opinions on when dogs are fully grown. Some say 1 year some say 1 to 3. I don't want to give her the puppy formula if she doesn't need it since it is a lot higher in calories than adult. Anyone use Orijen that has gone through this change from feeding it when their dog was a pup to an adult? I was also considering switching to Acana. If anyone uses this company also please let me know how you like it.


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Old 09-30-2016, 03:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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by a year I have usually transitioned off puppy food. especially if already feeding a high protein food like orijen or acana. I tend to go between 8-10months for transitioning. we had to early with out whopper dog he was a big dog and vet recommended getting him off the puppy food earlier. we fed the same at the time all my dogs were on orijen as well.
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok so I can start now mixing the adult food gradually with her puppy food? Also the Acana is a great food too and being that it's less in protein than Orijen, and since my pup doesn't get vigorous excercise daily, would I be better off with that?


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you don't have to change, if your dog is doing well on it then stick with it unless your looking at the financial benefit of saving some money, Acana is still a good food.
There are myths about it being harder on the liver and kidneys but recent studys have shown this to be false if you are dealing with a good source of protein meat based there should be no issue , if you are dealing with a protein source like corn , soy, any by products or blood meal ect then it puts a bit more strain on the liver and kidneys to filter.
When feeding a high protein meal though make sure you are giving adequate amounts of water, this makes it easier on their systems to filter . alot of dogs will not drink enough on their own so best to suppliment their water source by adding it directly to their kibble . not every dog working dog or not will thrive on a high protein diet just as you can have a lazy house dog thrive on one. each is individual.
I switched to acana with my bunch when my boy was growing too fast , the vet wanted a lower protein it also saved us a bit since at one time with pups in the house we were sitting at 18 dogs.. the only other diet I would recommend over orijen or acana is to do a prey model raw diet.
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok yea she does real well with the Orijen so I will stick to it. I will definitely take into consideration about adding water to the kibble. She does drink a lot but I guess it won't hurt to add some more to her food as well.


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