Post # 1
Did you feed puppy food or adult to your puppy? I’m wrestling with thiI emale always feed puppy for at least 8 months but some thoughts are that it makes puppies grow too quickly. I would love to know your thoughts.
Post # 3
I feed puppies puppy food and kittens kitten food.
Dogs are “puppies” until they hit 2 years old. My dog will be 2 in July and he is still on puppy food. He will switch to adult when it is appropriate.
A dog won’t be hurt if they’re fed adult food at a puppy age, but puppy food is supplemented with powdered formula and has more vitamins. I’ve never heard of a dog growing “too fast” on puppy food. That really isn’t something you can control with diet, just like you can’t control how much a child grows on milk or baby food.
Post # 4
Your concerns about fast growth are valid, puppy foods can make puppies grow faster than is healthy for their bones and joints. While they shouldn’t make the puppy larger than they would be, they do reach that size faster, putting a lot of strain on their bodies. I did a lot of research on it about 2 years ago when my puppy was small, but we ultimately decided to go with a raw diet and I don’t remember that much about the different kibbles. I know that the calcium content was important, especially for larger breeds, and I believe you wanted to make sure they were getting enough, but TOO much could accelerate their growth and lead to pano or hip/joint problems. If you’re going with kibble, you want to do a lot of research on the ingredients and what ratios are most ideal for your breed. This link has a google doc that compares ingredients in different popular foods.
Post # 5
thanks for the info. I’ll go look at it. I didn’t realize that about calcium. My youngest golden had pano as a pup. He did out grow it.
Post # 6
@TwilightBlue: I feed all life stages food. Depending on the breed (larger breeds) puppy food is not recommended. Although I have never seen ill effects. However, my lab that was fed puppy food to for the first year was 75# by 7 months and my other lab that I have been feeding all life stages to is 6 months and just about to hit 50#. I’m not sure how much has to do with the food and how much is genetics (they do not have the same parents).
Let me also add, the older dog is already showing some joint problems at only 2 years old. Again, I don’t know if this is genetics or possibly caused/aggravated by the puppy food.
Post # 7
Actually, diet very much influences growth. This is while malnourished children end up so much smaller, and why runts can grow up to be normal size if supplemented properly.
Post # 8
I hadn’t heard about this “growing too fast” thing so I’ll definitely look it up!
Our Shih Tzu is 8 months and we’re planning on continuing her Blue Small Breed Puppy until she’s a year. We decided that based on the recommendations on the side of the bag and because Shih Tzus finish the majority of their growing at aprox a year of age (:
Post # 9
We got our dog when she was 7 months, and we’ve been feeding her “young adult” food the whole time. It’s meant for dogs 1-6 years, and is good for active dogs. We calculated out how much to feed her based on her weight, and then just supplement a bit more on really active days. Ours was a rescue too, she was really small when we got her (27 lbs at 7 months) and now she’s almost 50 lbs (all muscle), so it’s definitely true about catch-up growth.
Post # 10
I don’t like “puppy food”, especially for large-breed dogs. As was mentioned earlier, it can make them grow too fast, which in turn can cause joint issues.
I recommend choosing an all-life-stages food. Check out the reviews here to find good ones, go with a 4, 5, or 6 star food: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
Or look into raw diets, I feed prey-model raw. http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet/thread/431875
Post # 11
My head is about to explode. I have been doing nothing but research on this….I now know that low calcium and phosphorus is the right way to go. I’m not so sure about protein. The lower protein seems the right thing but the foods that have lower protein seem to be low end foods. Ugh…I can’t make a choice good thing I have 12 weeks left to figure it out.
Any new thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
Post # 12
We have a 10 month old golden retriever and we have fed her puppy food (Fromm’s) since we got her at 8 weeks old. We did this with the recommendation from our vet, the breeder and our dog trainer.
Protein is very important for dogs, especially puppies because they are growing. All of the premium dog food has alot of protein. I don’t think we are going to stay on the puppy food until she is 2 years though. Our vet has recommended we switch to adult food around 1 year because the high protein diet also has alot of calories and we don’t want her to get overweight either!
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you get your dog premium food, not just something off the shelf at the grocery store!!
Post # 13
I fed my Bella dry puppy food for like 6 months and slowly started switching her over to wet food. Shes 16 months old and she is eating adult wet pate. Shes healthy and eat good…. The Vet said its fine and shes fine so thats all that matters lol 🙂
Post # 14
I am choosing Fromm Beef Fritatta Al Veg for our puppy. It has the right amount of calcium and not too much protien. The chunks are small enough for her to chew. Our new baby is a Golden Retriever and it’s a girl! We will name her Fiona. I am so excited I can barely stand the wait for her. I look at the ultrasound photos every day. I can’t wait for her to be born. I surely hope there are enough of girls in this litter or I will be so disappointed.
Fromm is a high quality food and I know it will be a good choice for our baby. Thanks for your help.