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Do I Have to Use Puppy Food?

I am getting a pup this fall. Right now I am getting things situated for her and also trying to decide what to feed her. After reading a few posts, it seems that feeding a puppy food isn't necessarily the best choice for a growing large breed puppy.

What's your opinion on the matter? Will she be fine if I just feed her the same as I do my adult dog (alternate between the different canidae adult foods) or is there a period of time where she really ought to be on a food formulated especially for puppies.

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I never used puppy food and my Bretta ended up the biggest bitch of the litter!

I think if you use a good premium food, the dog will get to it's genetic potential in size.




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Re: Do I Have to Use Puppy Food?

Go with what your breeder feeds. Mine feed Canidae all stages so I switched my adult dog to that a few months ago.

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Re: Do I Have to Use Puppy Food?

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Originally Posted By: SunCzarinaGo with what your breeder feeds. Mine feed Canidae all stages so I switched my adult dog to that a few months ago.
My breeder feeds Solid Gold Barking at the Moon. It just seems so....expensive.... That's why I like Canidae, it seems like a really good food for a good price.

I wish I could switch my current dog over, problem is, he's so little it takes him forever to go through a bag!

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Canidae ALS will be fine for a pup. I would still purchase a good sized bag of the Solid Gold to mix tho and make sure its a smooth transition.

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Originally Posted By: CamerafodderCanidae ALS will be fine for a pup. I would still purchase a good sized bag of the Solid Gold to mix tho and make sure its a smooth transition.
That is what I did. I bought a 20lb bag of what the breeder was feeding. I fed that alone for a few days, then started mixing. I just kept mixing less of the old food until it was gone.

Here is my Canidae ALS eater at 14 weeks. She has grown a LOT but isnt' fat. She weighed 28 1/2 lbs and was 18 inches tall at 14 weeks.

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Re: Do I Have to Use Puppy Food?

I fed my pup raw, so he was never on puppy food. He didn't start eating dog food till the new guy came, and I fed them both adult food.


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No you do not need to feed puppy food.
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I started my puppy on Canidae all stage too.......

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Re: Do I Have to Use Puppy Food?

Its my recommendation that all German Shepherd Puppies should be off of puppy food by 4 months old.

We feed Verus Dog Food and its a very high quality food and reasonably priced! We are thrilled with the food - been feeding this brand for near a year now.

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