When to stop feeding puppy food

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When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby gixxerific » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:34 pm

I did a search but I'm on my phone right now so...... I need to get more kibble soon. Lucy is about 7 months right now.

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby Amie » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:10 pm

What does your vet recommend?

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:29 pm

When they have completed 80% or more of their growth.

I usually recommend 8-12 months for small/medium breeds, and 12-18 months for large/giant breeds.

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When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby gixxerific » Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:49 am

I haven't talked to my vet yet that is what I have you guy's for. LOL

Kiwi would you consider APBT's a large breed? I kind of thought it was around a year.

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby Misskiwi67 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:15 am

Large breed is anything over 50 pounds at adulthood. When in doubt, feed puppyfood longer unless your pup is getting fat.

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby BrokenAquarian » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:16 pm

I've been reading a lot on here that "All life stages" food is actually just puppy food. Should that not be given to adults?

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:28 am

BrokenAquarian wrote:I've been reading a lot on here that "All life stages" food is actually just puppy food. Should that not be given to adults?


"All Life Stages" food MUST be formulated to meet the most taxing times of life ie: growth and lactation, in order to be labeled as "ALS" according to AAFCO, so yes, in essence, they are puppy food.

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby BrokenAquarian » Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:05 pm

So there's nothing wrong with feeding puppy food to an adult?

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby SnowKoi2010 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:22 pm

IMO there is to me. Puppies need a lot of crud fat (Something I just learned) and high protien for their growing bodies. Adults who don't grow any more don't nessacerly need all the crude fat and very high levels of protien puppy chow has (Unless its a competeing dog in a very athletic sport). I use puppy chow then adult food. Snow was removed from puppy chow at 14 months of age and Koi at 6 months. They are both now on adult food.

also, Snow was getting fat for some reason, and I found out it was because she was on puppy food. Once I took her off of it she slimmed pretty quickly.

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby Amie » Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:25 pm

BrokenAquarian wrote:So there's nothing wrong with feeding puppy food to an adult?


It's probably why so many people say their dogs gain weight on foods like TotW - which is ALS. Feed less, and in theory it should be fine. (to put it in raw-feeder-terms, there isn't a puppy version of a chicken or rabbit - the puppy just eats different quantities than the adult)

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby BrokenAquarian » Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:50 pm

Ah, I see. :) Thank you for the info.
Back when I fed kibble, I used ALS foods. Canidae for a long time(til they changed) and then ToTW. Good to know I wasn't mucking anything up. lol

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:12 pm

Amie wrote:
BrokenAquarian wrote:So there's nothing wrong with feeding puppy food to an adult?


It's probably why so many people say their dogs gain weight on foods like TotW - which is ALS. Feed less, and in theory it should be fine. (to put it in raw-feeder-terms, there isn't a puppy version of a chicken or rabbit - the puppy just eats different quantities than the adult)


Exactly. BB for instance can have up to 500kcal/cup in their food! (This was really surprising to me since so many of your dogs have been on it and look fabulous). A food like this would never work for my guys. If I had to feed such a small quantity just to ensure they didn't get fat, Buddy's tummy would never cease grumbling and Obi would be into everything even more than he is now!

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby gixxerific » Sun May 01, 2011 7:50 am

Thanks for the info.

I will be feeding getting some more puppy food for Lucy. She is definitely not fat. She has (to me) the perfect body right now, she's not body builder big but firm and lean. Though she is in that "still a puppy" awkward lanky stage. roflmao

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Re: When to stop feeding puppy food

Postby Shoshana » Mon May 02, 2011 3:31 pm

My vet said puppy food till Peanut was a year old. She's a medium size dog (44 lbs optimal)


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