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05-30-2014 09:02 PM
Diesel7602
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You'd just want to keep track of calcium- that is the level that is most important for GSDs regardless of formula (adult or puppy) it needs to be low (below 1.7% preferably) to encourage slow growth.

My 7 month old is barely 50lbs and LEAN (and I like it that way. )
The kind I feed mine is 1.0%

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05-30-2014 04:57 PM
DJEtzel You'd just want to keep track of calcium- that is the level that is most important for GSDs regardless of formula (adult or puppy) it needs to be low (below 1.7% preferably) to encourage slow growth.

My 7 month old is barely 50lbs and LEAN (and I like it that way. )
05-30-2014 04:20 PM
Diesel7602
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Some large breed puppy food actually makes them grow fast, and there are plenty of adult formulas that have the proper calcium and phos levels for slow growth if you just read up on them.
That would make sense. I was feeding my boy large breed puppy and he was gaining 5 pounds a week. So I put him on adult and he is gaining 3- 4 pounds. My boy is few pounds shy of 50lbs and he is 4 months old. Or it could be that he just slow growing now.

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05-30-2014 03:03 PM
DJEtzel
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I think one year is best. Since large breed puppy food helps them grow slower due to the joints, and they grow fast in the first year. I've read you can start slowly at 4 months.

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Some large breed puppy food actually makes them grow fast, and there are plenty of adult formulas that have the proper calcium and phos levels for slow growth if you just read up on them.
05-30-2014 01:31 PM
Diesel7602 I think one year is best. Since large breed puppy food helps them grow slower due to the joints, and they grow fast in the first year. I've read you can start slowly at 4 months.

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05-29-2014 05:22 PM
DonnaKay My pup is 6.5 months and I plan on switching her to adult food after her 1st heat, which she hasn't had yet.
05-29-2014 05:03 PM
ApselBear
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I never feed puppy food - really your own preference!
Same here.
05-29-2014 04:53 PM
mydogs I always switch at 1 year as well


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05-29-2014 03:33 PM
DJEtzel I never feed puppy food - really your own preference!
05-29-2014 02:57 PM
HarleyTheGSD Same here, I switched to adult food when they turned one.
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