I've heard that giving food supplements to puppies can cause their bones to grow too fast, causing hip dysplasia and problems with tendons. Is this true? Also, how old should he be to switch to adult dog food?
Puppies should eat puppy food till one year old. Their kibble should have all the nutrients it need in it. Feed a high quality kibble not the grocery store junk food. Some brands of kibble have all life stages, where the kibble can be fed to pups, adults and seniors. Just adjusting the amount for different ages. Not sure on if supplements will do damage. But they don't really need them.
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My understanding of hip dysplasia is that it is a gentic defect passed down. I'm not sure what kind of dog you have. Perhaps feeding puppy food for a year would be ideal for your dog. However, there have been numerous studies regarding HOD. This is a condition which affects larger breed dogs. (I would recommend Google search) One of the contributing factors of HOD is the dog growing too fast. One of the reasons for this is a high protein diet. We placed out puppys on adult food at approximately 8-10 weeks.
Regarding supplements, I don't think they will need them if you feed your dog a good, high quality food. IMO supplements just makes expensive poo and pee.
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