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    DefaultFOOD Recommendations

    Hi Everyone...

    Mollie is 10months old, has been eating Lamb & Rice food, there are so many different brands out there it gets confusing....anyone have any good suggestions. ??

    Also, do Labs have to eat LARGE BREED FOOD...if so WHY???

    Thanks is advance...

    Mollie McCaff's Mom

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    DefaultRe: FOOD Recommendations

    LB formula is good for puppies as it's lower in protein and calcium which helps slow down their growth a little, putting less strain on their bones and joints.

    LB formular for adults is a gimmick and don't buy it.

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    I have never been one to use large breed foods. There is a good artical/info on it here:
    http://www.greatdanelady.com/article...puppy_food.htm
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    DefaultRe: FOOD Recommendations

    What brand of food is Mollie on at the moment? any particular reason you want to switch? I think the general consensus is to feed what works for your dog. Obviously, you want to avoid feeding garbage (Pedigree, Science Diet, crappy store brands, etc.) but my opinion is if it ain't broke, don't fix it. That said, if you really want to switch for whatever reason there are many excellent websites and people on this forum willing to help you choose the right type of food for your dog. Remember...food is all trial and error...what works for one dog may not necessarily work for another.

    Also, do Labs have to eat LARGE BREED FOOD...if so WHY???
    Personally, my Labs never got fed a large breed food. Why? I never really thought about it. They went straight from puppy to adult...no large breed.

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    DefaultRe: FOOD Recommendations

    Try the same brand as she is eating now. She's used to the ingredients, formulas. You DO NOT need to feed a LB adult food.



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    Labs4Me:

    Does GreatDaneLady get a remuneration from that food company?

    There was only one brand she mentioned.

    There are MANY other references with the opposite point of view:

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    Labs are among the "larger breeds" that have a lot of joint problems -- about one of every 3 dogs among Labs.

    Joint problems are caused primarily by 3 mutually interacting factors:

    -- stress, injury, such as caused by jumping, leaping especially before adulthood

    -- genetics such as caused by breeders not having their breeding dogs certified for hips & joints AND not checking for that in the pedigree line -- in short, puppy mills, backyard breeders, scam breeders

    -- diet such as caused by feeding a large breed puppy a food that is not specially formulated for large breed puppies; a LBP food controls the amount of calcium delivered

    Once you have your Lab, you CAN fairly much control the activities that could cause stress or injury AND you can absolutely control the diet your Lab gets. Doing both of those lessens the probability that your Lab will develop joint problems.

    Below are a few references on the importance of feeding a Large Breed Puppy food for the first year. (There are NO scientific articles claiming the opposite.) The references are from a post I've made so often that I just recopy it.

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    My very strong preference -- for all Lab puppies under a year old -- is to feed a Large Breed (formulation) Puppy Food, such as made by Diamond, Eukanuba, Nutro Natural Choice, ProPlan, or Science Diet, etc., for the reasons given in the articles below:

    http://consumer.vetmedcenter.com/con...p?id=9808&dt=p

    http://www.mediarelations.ksu.edu/WE...pies62403.html

    http://www.petevents.com.au/news_articles/28.shtml

    http://www.diamondpetfood.com/Jul03.html

    http://www.newmanveterinary.com/large.html

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    This (just below) is a technical article (but readable) that summarizes many of the canine nutritional and growth studies:

    http://www.ilovemypet.com/jackart.html

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    See also:

    http://p075.ezboard.com/fjustlabrado...cID=3973.topic

    Within it, it contains this statement and references:

    "The scientific literature is very clear on nutritional changes to "help manage" the potential orthopedic problems in growing large and giant breed dogs. Here are a few citations for you. As you can see from the dates on these citations, it is “old” news to vets but pet owners and breeders are still making dangerous recommendations."

    1. Nap, et al. Growth and skeletal development in Great Dane pups fed different levels of protein intake. J Nutr 1991; 121:S107-S113.

    2. Hedhammer, et al. Over nutrition and skeletal disease: an experimental study in growing Great Dane dogs. Cornell Vet 1974; 64:1-159.

    3. Lavelle. The effect of overfeeding of a balanced complete commercial diet to a group of growing Great Danes. In: Nutrition of the dog and cat. Burger and Rivers (eds). Cambridge Univ Press, 1989:303-316.

    4. Hazewinkel, et al. Influences of chronic calcium excess on the skeletal development of growing Great Danes, J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 1985; 21:377-391.

    5. Goedegebuure, Hazewinkel. Morphological findings in young dogs chronically fed a diet containing excess calcium. Vet Pathol 1986; 23:594-605.

    6. Hazewinkel, et al. Calcium metabolism in Great Dane dogs fed diets with various calcium and phosphorus levels. J Nutr 1991; 121:S99-S106.
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    DefaultRe: FOOD Recommendations

    Yes, but there are some adult regular foods that have the same protein/fat/calcium ratio as the large breed food. Sorry, but labs are a medium breed not a large breed. As long as you know the ingredients of your food you can feed puppies adult food from the start. In fact, many labrador breeders do just that and have very healthy dogs.

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    Yes, but there are some adult regular foods that have the same protein/fat/calcium ratio as the large breed food. Sorry, but labs are a medium breed not a large breed. As long as you know the ingredients of your food you can feed puppies adult food from the start. In fact, many labrador breeders do just that and have very healthy dogs.
    Good point. Since when were Labs considered a large breed?? they are medium sized dogs.

    At 58, 60 and 70 pounds respectively, my Labs are not exactly huge.

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    My Puff (63 lbs) is the smallest Lab of the approximately 20 that have come to our LabFest over the past 4 years. We have a Lab mix that's a little smaller than Puff, maybe mixed with Border Collie.

    All the others are in the 80-90 lb. range and one is 125.
    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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    Feeding , alone means maybe a little more than nothing. To me it is the last and the least in importance assuming that we all share one of those pet foods marketed under the control of FDA and dog associations. My dog was on STAR PRO and now is on Proplan adult large breed formula at the moment.

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