Discussion in 'Akita' started by Keith Wiethe, Jun 11, 2019.
When do most of you switch from puppy large breed to regular large breed food?
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One year old at the latest. I don’t feed my dogs a “large” breed food, just a regular decent quality food. I kinda think it’s somewhat of a marketing thing to say “large breed” food. They just need a bit more than a smaller dog
My vet suggested me to switch from puppy food after 12months to 18months. Large breed puppy growing period is longer than small breed and they will continue to grow till 18 months.
I feed my akita “ large breed puppy food” this is the reason why , hopefully it helps
I took a look at the article and IMO some of those highly rated foods are crap, the Hills Science Diet, Eukanuba, Purina Pro Plan, Royal Canin, and the Diamond Naturals. The Taste Of The Wild is ok, but not great.
Many of Hill's Science kibbles have been recalled due to Salmonella contamination.
Many of Hill's Science tinned foods have been [and still are] been/being recalled due to potentially toxic levels of Vitamin D.
Various brands manufactured by Diamond Pet Food and sold under other brand names which have been/are being recalled. The following link gives a list of of some of the other brands recalled/being recalled.
We feed both of our Akitas Fromm due to a bunch of research.
All my puppies have been fed adult food from 8 weeks onwards with no problems, I don’t feed Junior /senior /Light/ breed specific ect: either.
Back in the day there was dog food, you fed it to large dogs, small dogs, puppy's,and old dogs. Then someone got a bright idea to break it up into puppy, adult, light, senior Ect: and then everyone jumped on the bandwagon.
It is also recommended not to feed grain free ‘adult foods’ to puppies as the calcium is too high some grain free brands will state that their grain free formulas are not safe for large breed puppies.
Generally, one of the main reasons given for feeding the large breed puppy foods is the lower calcium levels to help control growth (some also have lower calorie levels than adult ,but I don’t see higher calorie levels as an issue if one is careful not to overfeed).
What puzzles me is that mostly it’s recommended to come off LBP at 12 months, why a year? Most large breeds are not necessarily full grown at 12 months.
It is also very confusing as some foods only list the minimum calcium level, without listing the maximum,if they do not list the maximum Calcium levels how does one know what they are feeding?
Also research on the matter varies, some say there is no conclusive evidence while others disagree.
I give my Akita inu wildness large breed puppy food. So far is good .
Do you mean Blue Buffalo Wilderness Large Breed Puppy?
Yes! My dog loves it