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    Is it really that important for a medium size pup eating a high quality kibble?? If so, what should I be looking at, calcium phosphorus or the ratio?

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    it's really important for any size dog to eat quality kibble.
    Calcium & Phosphorous Requirements for Dogs

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    I feed Acana, which im sure you know is high quality kibble. 1st it was Wild Prairie, now shes on Pacifica. The other 2 grain free flavors have higher c/p and ratio. So, even though Acana is high quality, should I not feed the other flavors to my 6 month old pup?

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    Oh, and sorry if there was any confusion. I wasnt asking if its important to eat high quality kibble. I meant, since my dogs do eat a high quality kibble, is c/p really something I should worry about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sillydogs View Post
    I feed Acana, which im sure you know is high quality kibble. 1st it was Wild Prairie, now shes on Pacifica. The other 2 grain free flavors have higher c/p and ratio. So, even though Acana is high quality, should I not feed the other flavors to my 6 month old pup?
    I was trying to find the post for you, but I can't locate it. Someone asked Acana this exact question, and their response was basically what you just said. Ranchlands and Grasslands with their min. calcium north of 2.2% is not ideal for lab puppies. The other 2 are pretty much spot on.

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    Ok thanks.. the other flavors are ok to feed when my dog is over a year old? Because, I like acana and so does my pup, and id like to find 1 brand that I can rotate. Another question... what do you think about orijens regional red for a pup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sillydogs View Post
    Ok thanks.. the other flavors are ok to feed when my dog is over a year old? Because, I like acana and so does my pup, and id like to find 1 brand that I can rotate. Another question... what do you think about orijens regional red for a pup?
    I think it's a great food, are you concerned about the high protein/fat?

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    We have been feeding our new pup Earthborn Meadow Feast. Never really knew about importance of Calc/Phos when picking food but she really likes it and seems to be doing well so far. What are peoples opinion on this food with regards to Calc/Phos? Ratio of 1.2 if I read it correctly.

    Crude Protein, not less than 26.00%
    Crude Fat, not less than 15.00%
    Crude Fiber, not more than 5.00%
    Moisture, not more than 10.00%
    Calcium, not less than 1.20%
    Phosphorus, not less than 1.00%
    Vitamin E, not less than 300 IU/kg
    Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), not less than 100 mg/kg*
    L-Carnitine, not less than 15 mg/kg*
    Beta-Carotene, not less than 5 mg/kg*
    Taurine, not less than 0.05%*
    Omega-6 Fatty Acids, not less than 2.10%*
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids, not less than 1.70%*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sillydogs View Post
    I meant, since my dogs do eat a high quality kibble, is c/p really something I should worry about?
    It only is if you want your puppy to grow up properly. High Quality is subjective. Just because the dog food receives a passing grade on some website doesn't mean the people putting it together actually know what the heck they are doing. This is why I will not feed a food that is not actually fed to REAL DOGS during a feeding trial. Sure, you can put together a food in the laboratory that meets all the requirements, but it still might not work.

    I've seen some pretty high calcium levels in some of these "higher quality" foods. Then people wonder why their pups have so many growth/orthopedic/muscular problems. You absolutely DO need to pay attention to the calcium levels no matter what you end up feeding. You puppy will pay the price if you don't.



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