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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-03-2008, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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New puppy-advice?

I have an eight week old GSD puppy. His breeder had him on Purina puppy chow but I want to switch him over to Nutro Natural Choice large breed puppy. I bought a small bag of the Purina to mix in with the NNC and am gradually making a change over. So, here are the questions. What are your thoughts on NNC large breed puppy? At what age should I change him over to an adult feed? When I do switch, should it be to the large breed formula or one of the others such as lamb & rice?

I started my border collie on Canide all life stages when I first got him as a puppy, but since I have moved I can no longer buy it locally. I can buy the NNC 30 miles away at a Runnings fleet store. I have been looking for higher quality feeds in the area, but have found none so I plan on sticking with it as I have had good results in the past.

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Re: New puppy-advice?

I fed the NutroNCLBPuppy to Onyx til she was six months. At that age she got panostietis, so I started researching diet. I would read some of the past threads on Nutro(do a search in the diet & nutrition section), and puppy food in general. Many opinions are to feed an adult blend from the beginning. Slow growth is what you want and grain free is better, some GSD's have allergies to certain grain fillers. I have fed raw since I took Onyx off the Nutro...and she had two more bouts of pano after that. She is large for a female 85# and 27" at 19 months not sure if diet played a part in this or not.

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Re: New puppy-advice?

I had Kayla on that when she was a pup. Made the switch when she 5.5 months to Nutro LB Lamb & Rece. Have switched several times using Royal Canin GSD formula, Nutro LB Lamb and Rice, and currently Canidae ALS. Have had no issues with any of the foods I have fed her.

My current pup (nine weeks tomorrow) is eating Nutro High Energy based on use and advice from his breeder. So he will not be on "puppy" food at all.

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Re: New puppy-advice?

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Originally Posted By: onyx'girl Slow growth is what you want and grain free is better
unfortunately, most of the grain free foods, in my opinion, are completely inappropriate for a growing pup due primarily to higher levels of calcium. several of them specifically warn against their grain free line to pups until they are over a year old. (wellness does this with their core line of food). imo, the grain free foods are just not designed to promote slow growth.

many people have used adult foods right from the get go. (canidae all life stages, for example, has given my pup nice slow, even growth since she was 8 weeks old up to her current 14 months)

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Re: New puppy-advice?

not to insult your intelligence, as you have probably already tried this. here is the canidae sore locator:

http://www.canidae.com/company/storelocator.html

i just threw that out ther since you had fed it before and seemd to like it. i imagine in N. Dakota choices are more limited for quality kibbles.

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Re: New puppy-advice?

I have searched the Canidae database. The closest retailer is about 130 miles away. By the time I would get there and back with my truck I would have saved more money ordering online. Thanks though! I absolutely loved their food and have considered just buying it online.
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Re: New puppy-advice?

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Originally Posted By: onyx'girl Slow growth is what you want and grain free is better
unfortunately, most of the grain free foods, in my opinion, are completely inappropriate for a growing pup due primarily to higher levels of calcium. several of them specifically warn against their grain free line to pups until they are over a year old. (wellness does this with their core line of food). imo, the grain free foods are just not designed to promote slow growth.

many people have used adult foods right from the get go. (canidae all life stages, for example, has given my pup nice slow, even growth since she was 8 weeks old up to her current 14 months)

True most of them are like that but NB Potato and venison says on the package for adult dogs and growing puppies and the cal/phos levels are in check. Same with the orijen large breed puppy.
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Re: New puppy-advice?

Have you checked with a feed store rather than a "pet store"? While they may not carry it, they might be able to order it for you and have it delivered with their regular shipment.

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