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    My lab is currently eating Royal Canin large breed formula. She is a little bit under weight. She is 4.5 months old right now and I'm wondering if it is ok to switch her food at this age? I am also looking to find a great dog food with a good amount of protein and has meat as the main ingredient. I'm looking for good foods with less fillers also. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    I'm not sure if you are looking to go grain-free or just a higher quality food, but I would still recommend staying with a Puppy food for at least a couple more months. I believe many people on here switch their Labs to adult food around 6 months? So you might just want to stick it out for a big longer with the RC.

    There are MANY good foods out there and everyone has their own opinion. I suggest that you do research and see what you have available around you - many of the websites for different brands of food have a locator. And even if they don't carry a specific formula, they could probably order it for you.

    One of the better quality foods that you can find more readily is the Purina Pro Plan Selects line, I think they have puppy food, too, but I could be wrong.

    Other brands that can be harder to find, depending on where you live, include Wellness (their CORE line is grain-free), Innova Evo (grain-free), Blue Buffalo, Acana, Orijen, Taste of The Wild (grain-free) and many others.

    Here is a website where you can find info on a lot of the different brands I listed above: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_f...iews/index.php

    And here's another for grain-free dog food http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=grain_free

    You'll find a lot of people here feed their Labs grain-free diets because many dogs have allergies to grain (ie less expensive dog foods full of corn). It can help eliminate skin and ear problems as well as a bunch of other good stuff.

    Good luck!

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    Thank you for the advice. The only reason I would want to switch her would be to get her on a food that could get her to a better weight (26lbs at 4.5 months). She is pretty tall and I can still see her ribs. It would mainly be to help her grow properly. So would I be waiting too long before I got her on a different food if I waited until 6 months?

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    Why don't you just increase the amount you feed?
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    I am doing that. I just wasn't sure if it was better to have a food with a lot of protein like 42% rather than the 32% thats in the Royal Canin.

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