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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-17-2008, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Is this food ok for my 8 MO?

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Adult http://www.bluebuff.com/products/dogs/wilderness.shtml

It looks kind of pricey but i don't know if its good.

My Girl is on Purina Pro, but she is loosing appetite, lately her bowl stays there for hours, only when she sees me eating is when she pays attention to the bowl.
I check the other “Blue Buffalo life protection formula” but looks like some others have experienced some problems with the poop.

Reviews are great but i want to be sure is safe and recommended here.

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Re: Is this food ok for my 8 MO?

I switched Charlie (he's almost 7 1/2 months old) to Blue Buffalo (not Blue Buffalo Wilderness - the "Life Protection Formula") about a month and a half ago and it's great for him. His poops are *much* better, and his coat has become noticeably shinier and even softer. He definitely doesn't let his food sit there, either! But he's not a picky eater at all... I think I could convince him that pocket lint was a treat.

Of course, every dog is different and will react to different foods as individuals, but this has been a great food for Charlie. He's been on their large breed puppy food:

http://www.bluebuff.com/products/dog...py-chick.shtml

...but we're about to switch to an adult formula with our next bag. I'll stay with Blue Buffalo though for now because it has been a good food for him.

I've heard very good things about Blue Buffalo Wilderness, too! You'll get a lot of different food opinions on this board, for sure.

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Re: Is this food ok for my 8 MO?

I would say the level of protein in the Wilderness is too high for a developing puppy. I would wait about 6 months on this food.

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Re: Is this food ok for my 8 MO?

Before I fed the Winderness to a puppy, I would call or email Blue Buff and ask what the MAX calcium % is. It is listed as 1% MIN. Which sounds all well and fine, but often the "max" or "as fed" amount is quite a bit higher.

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Re: Is this food ok for my 8 MO?

I don't know much about Blue Buffalo foods but I would not be feeding a puppy their Wilderness formula (too much protein for a growing puppy). Why not stick with their large breed puppy food and transition to the large breed adult food after 12 months of age.
In the meantime, I don't mean to offend but Purina Pro doesn't measure up IMO.


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Re: Is this food ok for my 8 MO?

Orijen LBP has loads of protein as well. Most studies show protein levels have no effect on growth.

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Re: Is this food ok for my 8 MO?

I was just about to ask that,
Why protein is bad?
I don’t know anything about dog’s metabolism but is my understanding that in humans, Protein brakes in amino acids and goes in to the blood stream building muscles and also helps for functionality in other organs like brain.

Is so different for dogs?

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Re: Is this food ok for my 8 MO?

To my understanding there are no scientific studies showing high protein diets are bad. But, the quality of the protein is important bad protein sources can cause problems.

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Re: Is this food ok for my 8 MO?

I'm feeding Jake the BB Large breed puppy food. He is doing great on it. The man at the pet store didn't recommend putting a young pup on the wilderness variety.

Our vet didn't really know too much about the BB brand until I asked him to do some research. Now he is quite pleased and is recommending it to some of his patients.

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Re: Is this food ok for my 8 MO?

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Originally Posted By: AxxelTo my understanding there are no scientific studies showing high protein diets are bad.
agreed. any modern studies on the subject show no ill effects from protein levels in the mid 30's range. im not real worried about the 42% in the orijen large breed puppy. i think it's more than needed, but that is not to say it's harmful. however, some of the studies done on great dane pups have been very conclusive about the damaging effects of excess calcium

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