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    DefaultPuppy food for a year? Or switch to adult food at 4-5 months?

    Hello everyone.

    I have a 9 week old yellow lab puppy (Murphy), and am currently feeding him Pro Plan puppy chicken and rice formula. He is doing very well with the food - he likes it very much.

    At 4-5 months, my breeder recommends switching him to an adult dog food. However, when I took him to my vet for a wellness exam a few days ago, the vet indicated that he preferred that the dog stay on the Pro Plan puppy formula for an entire year.

    I respect both my vet and my breeder, but don't know what to do. Any opinions on this?

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    You trusted your breeder for everything else, trust him/her for this too.

    I always feed one large bag of puppy food, then switch to adult. Always.
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    We got Remi at 9 weeks old and she was put right onto an All Life Stage Food, shes on Taste Of The Wild fish formula. My husky was switched when he was 12weeks old too
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    I switched Java to adult food when she was 5 months old. Moka stayed on puppy food a bit longer, until she was 9 months old...but that was because she broke her leg at 4 months old and was still healing after 2 surgeries, so I wanted all the extra nutrition that puppy food offered to help her bones heal.

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    Listen to your breeder. They know their lines and what works for their dogs. I move to adult at 5 months too.
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    My breeder recommended my dog staying on puppy food for the year.... but that's just me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by maloneandme View Post
    My breeder recommended my dog staying on puppy food for the year.... but that's just me.
    That's your breeder. You should listen to YOUR breeder. The OP should listen to theirs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dani View Post
    That's your breeder. You should listen to YOUR breeder. The OP should listen to theirs.
    How can they all be right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg52 View Post
    How can they all be right?
    Because each breeder, if they're decent, knows their own line of dogs, and how they mature and what foods they thrive on.

    I will say though, its been a long while since I have heard a breeder tell someone to feed their dog puppy food for one year.
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    Always follow your breeder recommendations. They know their dogs best. For the record, I do the same as your breeder.

    Oh and I will add that Leader Dogs for the Blind, which produces and raises HUNDREDS if not thousands of puppies per year, recommends to their puppy raisers to switch over to adult at 3-4 months of age.



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