I just got back from Lila's vet visit and they said that I should put her on a puppy food specific for large breed dogs. I stopped by Petco on the way home but I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out which one I should get.
I'm currently feeding her Natural Balance Potato and Duck. Can you let me know which foods you are feeding so that I have an idea of what i should buy her?
Also, how much?? She weighs 33 pounds - she just made it to 16 weeks old - and she's eating 5 cups a day. I'd like to cut that back to maybe 4 cups. Vet said that she's definitely not anywhere near overweight so I'm guessing i'm doing something right.
I feed Canidae, but they don't have a specific puppy formula. It is an all life stages food. I think that Eagle Pack, Innova and the Chicken Soup foods all make puppy formula. I don't have any personal experience with those foods, but I have always heard that they are good.
Faeden gets about 4 cups a day, and he is a little over 50 lbs. now. He is about 2 months older than your Lila.
FYI follow up. Large breed dogs are switched from puppy food to adult food at 16 weeks. The reason is joints. Puppy food due to higher calorie and protein speeds the growth up. Because size is genetic we want to slow the growth allowing those joints to really form well. :-)
Also did you ask your vet what experience they have in canine nutrtition? Not being a smart butt , but I have found most vets have very little experience in canine nutrition as it really is not a big part of the requirements from what I'm told in their training
A good site to check out on foods is dog aware It goes over the puppy vs adult foods and large breed vs regular, & also all life stages foods
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this was our very last time going to our old vet before they closed for good. I didn't think to ask her if she was qualified in canine nutrition - I didn't want to ask much cause they push Science Diet like it's gods gift to dogs and I just didn't want to have to tell her to shut up. ;o) That's another reason why i just came on here to ask everyone - experience is better than an educated guess IMO
That is a good question and I'll keep it in mind when I speak to my new vet again.
Oh my gosh what a cutie! Thanks for sharing the picts
These are foods I would suggest you look into; they are very good Timberwolf Organics ( All life stages) Merrick ( hey have all life stages and Puppy) Nature's Variety Innova (not the evo that one is NOT for puppies)
Here are a couple of others that are pretty good Solid Gold Canidea
For my pitbulls I find that Solid Gold WolfKing is pretty good. It's considered a large breed food. For large breed puppies Solid Gold WolfCub is good. Vets will push food brands when it's beneficial to them.
As others have pointed out, NB Potato and Duck is an all life stages food. For a large or giant breed puppy, you want the protein to be no more than 24%. The protein/fat levels in NB Potato and Duck are 21%/10%. Your puppy is not getting to much protein.
Is there a reason you are feeding your puppy an allergy food? If your puppy does not have allergy problems, you may want to consider switching him to the regular Natural Balance (blue bag). The protein level in the regular is 23%, perfectly acceptable for a large puppy.
If you want to use a formula designed specifically for large breed puppies, I would suggest you check out Eagle Pack Holistic Select Large and Giant Breed Puppy. Eagle Pack has done a ton of feeding trials on Great Dane puppies and has had great success with their formula. Most companies that produce a large breed puppy formula have not done feeding trials.
You might want to try Eagle Pack Holistic Selects Duck & potato formula - it has 22-23% protein and is good for dogs with allergies. I also like the fact that they do feeding trials and not just say that their foods are consistent with nutrient profiles. I also like the fact that they add digestive enzymes after the kibble is cooked as these can be lost during cooking.