We're going to switch Oscar over to something other than Purina Puppy Chow...
I started giving Oscar bits of the Nutro Natural Choice "Chicken & Rice Recipe" stick treats and he seems to like it. We just got him some Nutro Large Breed Puppy Treats that are Rice & Lamb Formula" and he's into those as well. I was wondering what your thoughts were on the treats and Nutro LB Puppy food. He's 10 weeks and I don't think he's ready for the Adult food. Thanks for the help!
OSCAR!!!!!! <br />born 11/16/07
I'm not a fan of Nutro products. I was in the past, but they lost me a few years ago. Why not try something like Purina ONE LB puppy? It's available just about anywhere and I know breeders who feed it.
♣ Laura ♣
I just got him Wellness Holistic Puppy food. It has no wheats, meat-by broducts, ect. Its made with mostly meat and looks promising. I will try and keep you guys updated.
OSCAR!!!!!! <br />born 11/16/07
Some members of this forum recommend not feeding a Large Breed Puppy food while there are considerably more who insist on it.
Most all scientific studies on puppy nutrition recommend a Larger Breed formula for Large and Medium breed dogs like Labs. I'm not aware of any scientific studies done on sufficient numbers of dogs which found in favor of adult foods for Lab pups.
Below is an abbreviated copy of a post I've often made.
While there is not 100% agreement among Lab breeders or all vets, as far as I know there IS 100% agreement among canine nutritional scientists that large breed dogs (such as Labs) should be fed a formula especially formulated for LB puppies up to 12 months or when adult height is gained.
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.
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, Iams, Nutro, Purina, ProPlan, or Science Diet, etc., for the reasons given in the articles below:
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":