Adult food for puppies?
First of all I have posted this question in the proplan thread someone else started and did get a response....thanks madlab! But thought I would see if I could get a tad more traffic by starting a my own thread. Sorry ahead of time for the lengthy post.
When we brought Silas home at 8 weeks and the breeder had him on purina brand food. We immediately switched to TOTW as I have fed grain free for a few years now. He never got really firm stools with cow pie consistency on and off regularly. He eats great, lots of energy and seems to be growing well and his last vet appt everything checked out great!
So since the TOTW was not working, we decided to switch to Fromms to see if that would give him more consistent stools. We made the switch after stoping TOTW and using a bland diet for about 4 days with consistent firm stools, then transitioned the fromms into the bland diet until we were all fromms. (thanks to Moms by the way she walked me Through it) He did fine at the start and I was hopeful (I should also add I use honest kitchen perfect form 2x a day, as recommended on the tube) Anyway after a week or more his stools have started to loosen again. He will have firmer stool once a day or so but the other times for the most part tend to be a looser consistency. Formed somewhat but not firm.
So I am on the look out again. A friend of mine recommended royal canin german shepherd 30, I have read a mix bag of reviews on this food. Also I hate to go to a lesser quality dog food however the most important right now is one that works for my boy so I will definitely consider. I think he needs something not as as rich maybe?
My other option I am considering is pro plan sensitvie skin and stomach, which brings me to the thread title. I have read mostly great reviews on this even though the ingredients are not the best they seem to work for most that turn to it for stomach and skin issues. It is adult food though and was worried about my guy missing out on any key nutrients.
Here are the ingredients
Salmon, brewers rice, canola meal, oat meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), fish meal (natural source of glucosamine), salmon meal (natural source of glucosamine), barley, brewers dried yeast, animal digest, salt, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, calcium carbonate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.
My question is, will this food have the nutrients my boy needs? I read several threads where folks use adult foods from the start.
Thanks ahead of time!
Here is the analysis
Crude Protein (Min) 26.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 16.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 4.0%
Moisture (Max) 12.0%
Linoleic Acid (Min) 1.1%
Calcium (Ca) (Min) 1.0%
Phosphorus (P) (Min) 0.8%
Zinc (Zn) (Min) 180 mg/kg
Selenium (Se) (Min) 0.30 mg/kg
Vitamin A (Min) 15,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (Min) 460 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid* (Min) 70 mg/kg
Glucosamine* (Min) 400 ppm
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (Min) 0.8%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (Min) 1.3%
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles
Metabolizable Energy (ME)