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I have been lookin on here and couldn't find when I am able to give my puppy adult food...she is only 4 months old but am just curious...I have also been thinking about switching from wellness to diamond large breed has anyone used diamond dog food?
 

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Yes, you can switch, but don't know about brand.
 

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If you do a search on the forum you can probably get some feedback about Diamond foods. Sold at Tractor Supply?
 

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i've never fed puppy food to my dogs.
I also didn't feed puppy food.

If you pick an appropriate adult food that has good calcium levels and such you will have to increase the amount for awhile but it is perfectly fine for a puppy.
 

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Just curious. Is the idea behind adult food early to maintain an even/slow growth weight? While some puppy foods cause growing too rapidly in GSDs? Been thinking about it lately.
 

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I wouldn't feed diamond if it were the last thing out there a better quality food is blue buffalo or Origen or better yet raw food

I have been lookin on here and couldn't find when I am able to give my puppy adult food...she is only 4 months old but am just curious...I have also been thinking about switching from wellness to diamond large breed has anyone used diamond dog food?
 

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There is a good sticky note in the Feeding Our Puppies section that talks about calcium and protein in feeding a puppy.

With a treand towards hi protein adult dog foods it presents another perspective for feeding pups...most hipro foods have high calcium (not all higher quality meals have less calcium) but puppies are not as capable as adults as managing dietary imbalances.
 

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I fed Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy food until Liv was 8 months then started feeding her the Diamond Naturals chicken rice adult food.She actually switched herself the other dogs ate that and I started noticing she liked it better then the lamb and rice puppy food! The dogs do well on it.


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I think 4 month is a bit early - there's still a lot of growing to do :)

Mine is nearly 15 month and just got his first bag of Adult Large Breed food :)
 

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Usually the puppy food is a different mix to the adult food to promote slow growth and vitamin/ mineral balance for rapidly growing puppies.

Kinda like feeding your baby formula as compared to what you eat ;)




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So since my puppy is already under weight should I continue to feed puppy food since it slows their growth? Or should I get the adult food so she doesn't gain a lot of weight too fast?


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Stick with the puppy food especially if your dog is under weight - it has a higher percentage of fat and protein as adult food.
You also don't want her to grow too quickly as it stresses the joints. ( putting on weight is different to growing ) :)



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Alright that's what I'll do then...when we got her she was 10 weeks and only weighed 6 lbs...she is 16 weeks now and weighs about 25 lbs which is still skinny but she is gaining the weight back... she had hook worms before and that's why she wasn't gaining it to begin with so after a couple treatments of some de worming she got rid of them and she is doing great


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