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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-23-2014, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Is my vet full of it or is what I'm feeding my puppy not good?

My 4 1/2 month old GSD, Ruby, has been fed Nature's Recipe Grain Free (Chicken/Sweet Potato/Pumpkin) since she was about 9 weeks old. I also give her raw eggs, yogurt & coconut oil. For snacks, I'll sometimes give her pig's feet or raw chicken bones. I'll even give her raw snacks from time to time. I took her to the vet today for vaccines, & my vet is still disappointed in Ruby's diet. Vet told me I NEED to get her Large Breed Puppy food or there will be problems. My Ruby is 45 lbs, healthy, & beautiful. Is my vet just full of it?
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Just make sure calcium is less that 1.7% and you'll be fine.

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Large breed food is just to ensure the dog doesn't grow too fast for its own good. If you know what you're doing then you can feed whatever. If you don't then do what your vet says.
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IF you were feeding a puppy food, you would want to make sure it was large breed puppy.

I would not be feeding a specialty food because if the dog develops food sensitivities on down the line, you would have eliminated a food that is often used as a change in diet for dogs with sensitivities.
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it is hard to say if she is overweight but wondering if you have more pics of her to see?
if she is indeed overweight you are looking at the potential for a lifetime of joint issues
i agree either large breed puppy or an adult food so she does not get overweight or grow too fast
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The ingredients shows it is labeled for all life stages and is 1.0% calcium, 0.8% phosphorus with 27% protein. I would be more concerned with giving the pup a predominately chicken based food more than the fact it is not labeled as a large breed puppy food. The "numbers" look perfectly fine.

One issue with chicken is if the pup develops a chicken allergy....whoo boy..it is very hard to avoid when selecting alternate foods.

I was concerned when I fed Fromm that all those ingredients would set him up for allergies but we have zero issues in that regard......I definitely think variety is the spice of life....I have to look but there was a pretty good article on that....

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IMO, I'd go with a large breed puppy food. I figure people have been paid a lot of money to do research on food and nutrition, I don't have a degree in that so I'd go with what has been studied.

Sounds like you have a large female. When our pup was in the 4 month age range she was in the 40's lb range. She is 90lb at 4 years old, not overweight but our vet would like to see her at 85lb.
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i like to see all dogs lean but it is crucial for large breed puppies especially
i remember diesel going through a growth spurt where he was all legs and ribs and i was mortified but he filled out fine as he got closer to a year of age
if the dog is active and playful and not lying about lethargic being lean is just fine
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I agree with Gretchen.


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The ingredients shows it is labeled for all life stages and is 1.0% calcium, 0.8% phosphorus with 27% protein. I would be more concerned with giving the pup a predominately chicken based food more than the fact it is not labeled as a large breed puppy food. The "numbers" look perfectly fine.

One issue with chicken is if the pup develops a chicken allergy....whoo boy..it is very hard to avoid when selecting alternate foods.

I was concerned when I fed Fromm that all those ingredients would set him up for allergies but we have zero issues in that regard......I definitely think variety is the spice of life....I have to look but there was a pretty good article on that....
Yes! Even when we fed kibble I mixed it up with the meat source/ variety is good IMO to avoid food allergies or sensitivities.
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