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Lightbulb Is Large Breed Dog food necessary?

So I have been feeding Shadow Blue Buffalo along with my other two dogs...it is just easier to feed them all the same.

My vet told me to increase her food intake by half cup a day or half can a day. She is more active than my other two dogs and she is a bigger dog also. At 7 months she is already twice the size of my old bird dog.

What I need to know is...do GSD's need large breed food? Is there something else I should be feeding her to help her keep a healthy weight for her activity level?

My vet said Blue Buffalo is a good food but I am just wondering if I should feed Shadow something else because she is a different type of dog.

I mix two cups and half a can once in the morning and once in the evening. So she gets 4 cups and 1 can per day.

Any advice or input would be appreciated.

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Here is a picture of her from today. She is healthy but under all that hair she is a little on the thin side. The vet said it is because she needs more protein/calories than my other dogs. That is why I am asking you guys for help.
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Are you feeding an adult Blue Buffalo formula?

When it comes to puppy foods, yes large breed is necessary. Other puppy foods will encourage too fast of growth for large dogs.

When it comes to adult foods, no. And adult/all age foods are fine (except grain free) for large breed puppies. The only difference in large breed adult formulas is the addition of glucosamine and chondroitin. However this is only for marketing, as the amount is much too low to have any therapeutic affect. So those who want their dogs on these supplements for arthritis or to prevent joint issues you really need to supplement separately.


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yes it is the adult (lamb and rice)...I haven't fed Shadow puppy food since I owned her. I was just to lazy to get a seperate bag when the vet said puppy food isn't really a big deal.

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No. Large breed isn't necessary.


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So does she look thin to you guys? Am I just worrying to much? Is there something else I should be supplimenting her with?

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Nope, based on the pics in your album she doesn't look thin to me. She almost looks a few pounds heavy, but she might just be fuzzy. Hard to tell how much is fuzz and how much is pup.


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Hard to tell with those pictures but she doesn't look thin to me. She looks a lot more robust than my dog did at that age.
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From my limited experience, most dogs are a bit on the thin side at 7 months old. They are like awkward gangly teenagers that have shot up, but not out yet.


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