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Old 07-24-2014, 05:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Small Breed Adult food for Puppy, Thoughts?

Hi, being a future owner of my first GSD, I would like to know people's opinions on feeding adult food for small breeds to GSD puppies. I recently heard of some breeders doing this because of the benefits these foods have (better for small stomach, metabolism...etc). Is it wrong?

The food is mixed with milk for dogs for more calcium too.

Should I ONLY be considering large breed puppy food?
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No to small breed puppy food. its not good. They make large breed puppy food for a reason. Its not a marketing ploy like Royal Canine breed specific foods. If you use adult food, which you can, you have to read and make sure its appropriate for large breed pups.

If a breeder did that I wouldn't use them. Its like giving steroids to get bigger chickens. Only difference here is the livestock is intended to stay alive. Not get big faster and be killed for meat. To much calcium is not very smart to speed up the bone growth process.
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I'm a fan of regular adult food for puppies.
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I'd be worried about the calcium/phosphorus ratio.

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My vet says stay with large breed puppy food- he says it is formulated for slow growth in GSD'S, which is important to prevent bone problems, pano, etc. Excessive calcium is harmful. We feed Fromm gold large breed puppy- our dogs thrive on it, no problems-
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I only fed Alice large breed adult food

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