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Alright.
My first dog , I was told by the breeder to just feed him adult food.
Others tell me to feed my new puppy regular adult food. I admit that I fed my first boy adult food as a puppy. I am not sure that he is the best example since he had mild hip displasia.
My vet the other day told me to feed some form of premium puppy food.
The vets however see me coming alot and I joke with them that I keep them in business.
I feed a form of Purina Pro Plan (chicken and rice). Some of the books even say not to feed puppy food.
Do I feed puppy food? This is Ramblin Man pup and want her to at least develop properly.
 

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My dogs are CBRs but I put them on a good quality adult food right away and recommend puppy buyers the same. I know a few Lab breeders that do the same thing. The formulations of premium feeds and puppy feeds are pretty similar. The only time they get puppy food is from weaning to about 8 or 9 weeks. About 15 years ago I had a problem with quaking joints and knuckling over in a litter and using adult feed was suggested to me by my vet and a long time breeder and never had the problem again. Never produced a dysplastic pup that I knew of. THough most were sold as meat dawgs & not too many were xrayed, so I should say no symptomatic HD. I believe, for most kinds of HD the dog would have it regardless of what it's fed.
 

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I don't know what you should do...but I'll tell you what we've done with our puppies. We have started them on ProPlan Puppy (the regular formula) and switched them over to ProPlan Performance when they've gotten to about 5 or 6 months old, depending on when we finish the last bag of Puppy food.
 

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I know someone who used to breed CBR's and they said it was not uncommon for them to get the HOD growth thing. I have only run into it once in a Lab puppy in 27 years. I recommend Euk LB puppy and then switch to adult or performance depending on their level of activity when they are 3/4 grown. If you get the fast growing puppy and feed too much adult you can get in trouble with too much calcium. Pups should be fed about 1% calcium. If you choose to feed PP and exercise adequately evidently this works for Dr Ed, but regular adult may not have as many calories for a growing puppy so the pups could actually eat more. This is the article I site.
http://www.ilovemypet.com/jackart.html
 

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back before the the large breed puppy foods I would recommend feeding and 50-50 mixture of adult and puppy food--now I recommend a good quality Large Breed Puppy Food. I'm a firm believer that HD is genetic and that food does not play a role in the development of HD. There are other joint problems though that I do believe food can play a role in. I am currently feeding my 10wk old yellow lab Purina One Large Breed Puppy.

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I also feed my lab pup LB puppy for the first 5-6 months then switch to LB adult. Was told that LB adult has too much calcium in it for puppies. Euk lowered the calcium in their LB puppy because the puppies bones were growing too fast and causing problems. Imagine Purina did the same with their LB puppy formula.

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ErinsEdge said:
I know someone who used to breed CBR's and they said it was not uncommon for them to get the HOD growth thing. I have only run into it once in a Lab puppy in 27 years. I recommend Euk LB puppy and then switch to adult or performance depending on their level of activity when they are 3/4 grown. If you get the fast growing puppy and feed too much adult you can get in trouble with too much calcium. Pups should be fed about 1% calcium. If you choose to feed PP and exercise adequately evidently this works for Dr Ed, but regular adult may not have as many calories for a growing puppy so the pups could actually eat more. This is the article I site.
http://www.ilovemypet.com/jackart.html
That is a very informative link, it explains why adult food should NOT be fed to a puppy.
 

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puppy food

There are several schools of thought. Of all the most important, not to over feed. Most of us would want to feed lots of calcium for the bone problems. They have found to much cal will cause bone spurrs and other bone problems. Keeping the weight in control will control growth and thjats helps with bone problems.


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J9im S
 

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Losthwy said:
ErinsEdge said:
I know someone who used to breed CBR's and they said it was not uncommon for them to get the HOD growth thing. I have only run into it once in a Lab puppy in 27 years. I recommend Euk LB puppy and then switch to adult or performance depending on their level of activity when they are 3/4 grown. If you get the fast growing puppy and feed too much adult you can get in trouble with too much calcium. Pups should be fed about 1% calcium. If you choose to feed PP and exercise adequately evidently this works for Dr Ed, but regular adult may not have as many calories for a growing puppy so the pups could actually eat more. This is the article I site.
http://www.ilovemypet.com/jackart.html
That is a very informative link, it explains why adult food should NOT be fed to a puppy.
Puppies are puppies and need what's in puppy food...they are not adults. I feed Euk. LB puppy until 24 months; my two CBRs are doing great.
 

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Puppy food until about 6 months of age, then 50/50 mixture of puppy and adult until one year old. Then performance adult.
 

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I did Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy
 
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