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grain-free safe for puppies?

I posted a thread earlier asking about BB and Wilderness for Jake, he is 15 weeks old and seems to get itchy from too much chicken. It was brought to my attention that it is possibly a bad thing to feed grain free to a puppy, is that correct???? I am switching him over to BB sweet potato/fish adult food...is this ok?
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The sweet potato/fish wouldn't be considered a grain free food so it should be ok. The problem is the calcium ratio in most grain free foods isn't suitable for a puppy, it incourages too fast of growth. If you did want to try a grain free Orijen makes one thats safe for puppies.
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BB Natural Fish/Sweet potato
calcium 1.0%
phos 0.9%
I thought these were way ion the normal limits???
And it's the Wilderness BB that is grain free I am considering?
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Not sure what you mean by way ion? Typo I'm assuming?

The problem is the higher calcium in most grain free foods, around 2%. This high calcium, and often higher fat and calories, encourages too fast of growth. Large breed puppies need to develop slowly.
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Sorry, was a typo...
Am I correct with BB Sweet Potato/Fish? Those numbers are in the good limits, right?
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Yep, they are. BB sweet potato and fish is NOT a grain free food though.

Here are the ingredients, with the grains bolded:
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This is a good food. It does bother me though that its called Fish and Sweet Potato, when according to the ingredients (which are listed most to least volume) it should be Fish and Brown Rice. I went ahead and bolded potato and sweet potato, though they are not technically grains they are starches and are used similarly to grain when it comes to binding together kibble.
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Wow, thank you! I think this is the best bet for him...until I rule out chicken as main source of itch...so much controversy over whether to feed adult foods to a pup. I don't see the difference as long as numbers are well within range.
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One more question, at what age can I move him into something like BB Wilderness?
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<----- personal opinion from myself

Orijen is a chicken based formula. I have heard a few things about the chickens being used currently, and I won't use a purely chicken based at the moment, which is one reason we went OFF orijen.

Natural Balance is good if you want to go ahead and try to figure out if you can narrow the allergy down. Their grain-free foods are in a safe range of Calcium and such, and each food is a single protein source. You can use this for elimination. My only thing is, our pup is active, and wanted more meat based, and natural balance's #1 ingredient is Sweet Potato..

ALSO, we use Canidae grain free... ALS grain free is all kinds of protien sources, but ALS grain free salmon is just fish I believe...

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