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    Defaultwhen is it recommened to switch to ALS/adult food?

    Im just trying to plan out my puppy food buying. my 19week old lab eats merrick grain free puppy recipe. her weight and build is great so far. I have just heard mulitble stories on what to do. That labs should never get puppy food, or you must give them puppy food for 1 year then switch. even heard at 4-6 months to even switch to an ALS food for a lab. I will be sticking with Merick as she is doing so great on it. and merick how ever is taking the ALS stamp off and making them all Adult food. But according to the merick rep he states AAFCO still considers it ALS??

    Just looking for some insite. thanks folks!

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    I have no idea. Wasn't it you who have already changed your pup's food from what the breeder recommended?
    Me personally, I start my puppies w/ Eukanuba LBP at weaning and thru 12mos at least because That works well for MY lines. Why are you not asking your breeder for this info?

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    No?? Might have me confused with some one else, but I did indeed get my dog off the junk the breeder gave which is purina beneful. I am just wondering how long do I keep my pups on Merrick grain free puppy then go to one of merricks adult food.

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    Okay so yes, I am remembering that you changed food already. Did not know it was from Beneful (don't blame you, lol). So your breeder isn't of much help, eh???
    If your pup is growing well on the Merrick, keep him on that until at least 12 mos. To me, the Merrick puppy would have too much calcium (and not the best Ca:P ratio) for my comfort, but if you think your pup is doing well on it, don't change it.

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    Okay, so I wasn't imagining things. So Merrick is the 3rd food your pup has been on in a short time? https://www.justlabradors.com/forum/l...ml#post1953010
    I'd not be changing foods any time soon if she's doing well on this.

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    Correct, the proplan was no good causing loose stools the whole time. Merrick is where I'm staying. And I've done some research on the calcium which I beleive is 1.7% which is a tad high? As Merrick does not offer a large breed puppy food, which I've read mixed reviews on as well for feeding Labradors. She has adjusted and has been doing great on the Merrick.

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    It's a 1.5 to 1 ratio Ca to P according to dogadvisor.com so that should be fine yet.

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    Actually most consider the proper ratio to be 1.2:1.0 for growth.

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    Just curious back on the ca and p ration, Merrick rates theirs max opposed to the purina pro plan was rated at min. Is that something to account for??

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    Yes, in reality, the thing you can do is to contact the company and ask w/ the normal "as fed" levels are. I had to do that w/ Canidae a couple years ago, and got a huge surprise when I found out the Ca was more like 1.7% vs the 1.2% listed on the label. No wonder I got funky growth in my puppies as that is way too high for my pups. Not only that, but it's higher than suggested for breeding/whelping bitches, so I now have to "cut" my bred girls' food w/ the Euk LBP.

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