You'll get different responses to this...I prefer to do it around 6 or 7 months....others wait until 12 months. I'd talk to your vet.
Snowco, I'm so sorry to hear you've been affected by the recall. I don't blame you for being confused - it seems a lot of well-meaning breeders perpetuate the myths about puppy foods. I hope someone can provide a link to the original studies (Bob Pr?) but I think it's safe to say calcium levels are not an issue with large breed puppy formulas, which are specifically formulated with reduced calcium levels. Many adult foods carry much more calcium. This is the case with the food you have chosen, Instict. Instinct wouldn't be appropriate for large breed puppies, but is fine for adults who are capable of handling the excess calcium.Snowco Labradors said:I would follow the advice of your breeder as they know how their lines develope and mature.
Puppy food has more calcium than adult among other things and the reason to switch to adult at 5 to 6 months of age. You don't want a growing pup to have too much calcium. Excessive protein in a growing pup is another issue.
However, I am hearing reports lately that hi protein is not being considered a deterent in a growing pup as it was in the past. Had an email from a college student who just did a big study/research (backed by scientific studies) on this issue and waiting for her to send me her findings.
I am very interested in this as I just found out my dog food was recalled and my dogs were eating from a tainted bag. I am taking my dogs off all grains because of this recall and have switched to a very hi protein grain free food - at least until this whole recall is over and done for 6 months to a year. I have switched my dogs to Nature's Variety Instinct.
Anyone else here on the board feed this and how do your dogs do on it and what ages are they? I'm interested in others experience as this food and such high protein 42% is very new to me.
I have gotten good feedback on this food from other forums but am also interested in the opinions of members of this board as well.
TIA for any info.
Thanks! It's post #28 on that thread - I missed it the first time around.Bob Pr. said:For the original studies, read:
I'm sure I'm just reading your post wrong, but since it never pays to "assume" I just wanted to double check that you had read the link correctly. It's not the protein at stake, but the amount of calcium. By a year of age (and probably somewhat younger) puppies have developed the ability to excrete the extra calcium, but prior to that time, a food such as the one you are currently feeding your adult dogs (with 2.49% calium) could have negative effects.Snowco Labradors said:"In the past couple of years, a large number of food companies have reevaluated the calcium levels in their foods, so I personally see large breed puppy foods becoming a gimmic (as large breed adult is) relatively soon."
I agree with this and have never fed a large breed puppy food.
Thank you for the links. Very informative.
I am not feeding my new hi protein food to young pups as I too feel its too hi for them. With all this recall going on I have no idea what I will feed my next litter. I sure hope they staighten all this out by then and will continue to do my research.
Yes, but when she says, "I am not feeding my new hi protein food to young pups as I too feel its too hi for them" I thought she meant the protein. I also "assumed" (there's that word again!) she had no pups had home. Perhaps I was mistaken. Since some don't consider dogs over 6 months old to be puppies, it seemed worthwhile to point out the downside, even with older puppies. Many feed a high protein raw diet to their young puppies, and as long as the calcium levels are kept in check, there should be no ill efects.CYNLABS said:everydog, if Patty says she is not feeding the hi protein food to her pups, by default wouldn't that mean she is not feeding them the hi calcium food either since they are one and the same??