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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-03-2013, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Breeder vs Vet

my 7 month pup has been limping lately, took him into the vet. Vet put him back on puppy food and said he'll be fine, tendons just need to grow and it won't be a long term issue. My breeder said he needs to be on adult dog food. Any help with this? I just want my pup to be healthy.
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My vet says to put GSD puppies on adult food and if they are on a puppy food make sure it's a large breed puppy food. They really push to have them on adult food though.


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well i had him on eukenuba large breed but my vet said to put him back on science diet large breed puppy food. idk wtf to think
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the breeder had my puppy on eukenuba large breed puppy food. I recently switched him to natural balance original adult food. You just don't want them growing to fast. When they grow to fast they can get pano.


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science diet is crap and your vet sells it....

I spent 4 years in vet school working while ex went through - Hills does tons of stuff for vet students....so they sell alot of Hills SD - some of them like kidney diets are necessary...

I would never ever feed SD to a healthy pup.....your breeder is right - get a good quality adult food - not SD, not Eukenuba (not much better imo) - Fromm, Earthborn, Blue Buffalo, Natural Balance, Arcana, Merrick - A GOOD food!

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i've never fed puppy food to my dogs. did the Vet say your dog
has pano?
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I have always had mine on ALS food since I bought him home at 3 months old. I've heard of staying away from large breed foods due to the possibility of too much growth too quickly though. However, I don't think this is true for all large breed foods (this is where knowing what is healthy, and doing some research on brands comes into play).
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my puppies are always on adult food.

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You really want to look for a lower protein food to keep growth slow, if you are feeding a quality diet it doesn't matter if it is puppy or adult food as long as you don't have high protein. Try to stay in the 20s for protein, like 27-29%. And yes, yes, yes to everything Wolfstraum said! I spent a lot of time researching food because I worked at a pet food store that was very very strict about the food they sold. Eukanuba is pushed by breeders because they have a "breeders program" where they buy X amount of bags and they get X amount of bags for free. And the vets sell SD because of what Wolfstraum said Good luck!
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A quality food ( not Hill , Eukanuba , or anything like that) in either all life stages , adult , or large breed puppy is fine. I did Blue Buffalo Wilderness large breed pup..but it gave him runs. Then I switched to taste of the wild adult and he did great on it. Now he has been on a BARF diet for 2 months and he is still doing fantastic

Just stay away from the supermarket brands . Most vets push Hills because like PP said they are often educated by Hills and they often sell it in their office. Some vets are a bit " Hills Indoctrinated" .

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