I've been reading lots if different opinions. Some say start adult food earlier with large breeds to prevent obesity and joint problems, some say at 1 year old make the switch. Can anyone advise me on this?
I tell my puppy people to buy one 40# bag of puppy, then switch.
♣ Laura ♣
Oh ok! Thank you! I will perhaps looking at switching to adult once I get lower on the food I have
I switched Gus at 4 months. I have been happy with that decision.
He is on Purina pro plan sport.
Ask your vet when to switch. The timing for the switch is largely voodoo/religious for anyone to answer other than vets and people with actual expertise in nutrition for dogs. There are simply to many variables for the layman (breeders included) to give an answer that isn't based on voodoo/religious beliefs.
Which is more than your vet will be able to do. AND their experience is actually dealing with the same genetic makeup as the bouncing bundle of fur you just took home.The best a breeder can do is assert things such as, "My dogs have done well when I have taken them off of puppy food at this age" or "My dogs have not done well when I have taken them off of puppy food at this age".
What Nicole said. Breeders are much more experienced in nutrition than a vet will ever be, unless said vet has a degree in nutrition. We LIVE it, they don't.
♣ Laura ♣
Breeders live with dogs yes. I drive a car. Does that make me a mechanic? Breeders have verification that their dogs look pretty or they perform in a particular venue. Either of which can just as much be attributed to luck as skill. Vets have a degree that that verifies they have learned scientific knowledge about animals. Some of which is about nutrition which is more verification than the current standard for reputable breeders is.
Again, at best breeders can make qualified statements such as "I have had success taking my dogs off of puppy food at this time". They do not have the expertise to say when a dog SHOULD be taken off of puppy food. There is a BIG difference.