So why do they need that calcium up to 6 months then? This is the time when they grow the most rapidly. I'd think those first 6 months is when calcium should be minimized the most and even more reason to be on an adult food with lower calcium amounts. For large breed dogs, slow growth is the best kind of growth.Our breeder/vet suggested that we change our guy from puppy to adult food at 6 months of age because they don't need all that extra calcium that comes in puppy food.
I think you have it backwards. You don't want the excess calcium BEFORE that age because it can make them grow too fast and cause issues with their bones and such. Large breed puppy food has less of it so they can grow slower.Our breeder/vet suggested that we change our guy from puppy to adult food at 6 months of age because they don't need all that extra calcium that comes in puppy food.
What puppy food are you feeding?I'm not 100% sure. Thats just what she recommended and since she is a vet and she is the breeder. I really rely on her knowledge and I also read up on the things but she hasn't led me astray yet.
What if I preferred to feed my dog pedigree or puppy chow dog food? Does that make it the healthiest and best diet for them? It might be healthiest for my bank account and most convenient to get, but it's definitely not best for my dogs health.The way i do it and the way we've done it since we brought Riley home was they get puppy food until they're a year to 18 months old and then we start transitioning them to adult food. Its really about what YOU as THEIR owner prefer but its always been recommended to me by a number of people thats one of the best ways to go depending on breed. Larger breeds i was always told need the puppy food longer than smaller breeds. Its all about what YOU feel is how YOU want to do it. I've known people (though i dont agree) who fed puppy food the entire life of their dog. I've known people who have never even heard of puppy food. all about preference.
I'd be careful with Blue Buffalo. They do have quality ingredients, but for some reason, they refuse to give their maximum calcium percentages. I'd personally be hesitant of feeding this brand to a puppy.He is on Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy.... <3
What if I preferred to feed my dog pedigree or puppy chow dog food? Does that make it the healthiest and best diet for them? It might be healthiest for my bank account and most convenient to get, but it's definitely not best for my dogs health.
Same goes for if I listened to what my vets told me and had me feed them the science diet they push in their office. If I never did my own research and just went by what my vet told me, science diet would probably be my preference, but it's a horrible diet to feed to a dog. I had to figure that out on my own.
To me, it's all about what is best for your dogs. There is no perfect dog food out there, but there's things to avoid. For large breed puppies, it's high calcium amounts. For dogs in general, it's by-products, fillers, ingredients that cause allergies.
No matter what you feed, I definitely don't think you're a bad owner. Well, maybe if you fed ol roy I would... .i wasnt refering to what they feel is best to feed brand wise. I was refering to when they want to switch them over from puppy to adult. And i take offense simply because i've fed my dogs purina puppy chow. Until recently, my dogs ate purina brand grocery store bought cheapo food because it was in our budget and they were getting fed and hadnt had any problems until we moved out to NC. I've never liked science diet so no contest there. Honestly if i had to go back to feeding purina because that was in our budget and the current brand we feed isnt at the time, then at least my dogs are fed. I'm now spending twice as much on less than what we were getting when i fed purina. Does that make me a bad owner? perhaps in the eyes of many but at least i'm not letting them starve or starving them and then dumping them. Would i feed walmart brand food? h*ll no. I think some credit should be given for that.
Taste of the Wild has decent ingredients, but it has way too much calcium for a growing large breed puppy. I think the max calcium amount is somewhere in the 2+% range. Way too high for my comfort. I'd wait until at least 18-24 months to start with a food with that much calcium.Well we had Killian on Science Diet and also tried Nutro, he had diarrhea for over 5 weeks after numerous test and things, we finally got him on Blue Buffalo and the diarrhea stopped. I was thinking of maybe trying that call of the wild one. I'm not sure if thats what it was called. I'm not interested in doing raw yet, since I don't know much about it and I have two dogs that are both food sensitive. I guess I should read more about a raw diet.