Aisha is almost 5 months and is just about finished her bag of puppy food and I was going to start adding adult food. I was wondering if I should start wetting it like when she was 6 weeks old just to make sure it won't expand too much in her tummy. Did anyone else do this? Also, up to now she's been on pedigree puppy should i switch brands? She's been doing well on it but everyone seems to be putting the brand down, or should i stick with the rule of thumb if it aint broke don't fix it? She is going to be 5 months next week and is about 45pds. I also mix 1 can at night with dry because she loves it, should i continue with adult canned? thanks!
dude......I don't put my pups on adult food until they are a year old. I think your pup could stand to wait a little longer before switching. You don't want to pull him/her off vital nutrients too soon as pups continue to grow way past 5 months. Pedigree is a good dog food in my opinion, but there are better. If your pup is doing well on Ped then dude....I'd stick with it. You can switch brands when you switch to adult food. Mixing 1/4 adult food and 3/4 puppy food for 2 weeks, then 1/2 and 1/2 for two weeks, then 1/4 puppy food to 3/4 adult food for two weeks and finally making the switch in full. Some dogs have sensitive stomachs and I find this works best for me. I also feed straight dry (not mixing with any liquid) and then canned food once a day as a snack.
Mydog: Aisha is a german shepherd dog and i have heard that staying on puppy food for too long is not good for the bones because they grow at a rapid pace. Is this true? Now i am confuzzeled! lol So do not wet it a bit before giving it to her? I just found some food expands a lot when wet and would it not expand too much for her tummy? I am not sure?
Well....I breed Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and base my info on them. I have never dealt with the GSD so the advice I gave you may not apply. Maybe a GSD owner will come along and be more helpful.....but dude......I've never heard of putting a 5 month old on adult food. I'd be interested in hearing more opinions on this myself. There might be some info in this that I am lacking in. Dude! Where's my car?????
I agree with eminem (sp? LOL) anyway I keep my puppies on puppy food til they are a year old. My mother dog is on puppy food also for when she was nursing . She is no longer nursing the puppies but won't eat her adult dog food with all the puppy food around LOL . I have never heard of them growing to fast on the puppy food as long as you porpotion is out each day and he isn't getting to much . The puppy food just has extra nutrients that are good for a growing dog. Jubilee
Aisha, I don't know about the food part, but I want to clear up the puppy food misconception. My vet told me that most dogs don't need to stay on puppy food very long. He said that dogs will do fine on adult formula. I have used his approach for years. and have never had a problem. I've never used canned food. If you're sitcking with the same brand I don't think you have to do anything, but I'm not sure. If you're going to switch brands you will need to do the switch gradually.
Okay then keep her on. Someone mentioned the protien levels are too high on pup food. Now I do not know exactly if that has to do with the bones or not but I do not want to hurt my baby. The breeder actually had the pups on adult food becaise the puppy food of her brand choice was too big for their mouths, so calling her may be a waste of my time. I asked the same question on another board for shepherds so i will see what the verdict is and let you know what they think. This is like having a newborn all over again lol
I've hear that large breeds should be switched earlier due to the protein being too high and if their bones grow too fast, it could lead to deformities. As far as the kibbles being too large, well large is good. The more the tooth sinks into the kibble, the more the kibble scrubs the tooth and gums and cleans it. My l0 pounder eats a dental food with huge kibbles, about 1/2-1 inch in diameter. She loves it and her teeth look great.
aisha, I have a GSD too, which you know, and he has been on adult food since day one. It's true for bigger breeds that you want to keep the protein and fat levels low. Protein 21-23%, fat 11-14%. GSD's are prone to Pano, hip dysplasia, and bloat. You definitley don't want her growing too fast. Large breed dogs' joints can actually grow faster than their body, and you can end up with a lame dog if you're not careful. I feed my guys a mix of Diamond 60+ and Diamond Lamb and Rice. The 60+ is for dogs that will weigh 60 or more pounds at maturity. I would switch her to an adult food with low protein and fat levels. You can always email me at email@example.com if you need anymore info. Fin
okay so should i switch to adult food for bigger breeds i guess. Should i start wetting again? I don't want her tummy to get bloated because of expanding. I would rather expand in the bowl first. does that sound okay? (just till she gets used to it. i really don't wet her food now) (okay sometimes) p.s. fin there are new pictures of aisha (they are pictures of when she was still small) i'm getting new ones soon. http://www.dogster.com/?69784
aisha, she can bloat whether her food is wet or dry. You don't necessarily want her on a large breed diet because the protein and fat levels can be too high. Just a regular adult food is fine. As long as the numbers are ok. If you are super worried about her bloating, you can always have the gastropexy(sp?)surgery done when you have her spayed. Even if she's already spayed. Just note that the surgery DOES NOT prevent bloat, but they tie the stomach so it doesn't twist. That's what kills them-the stomach twisting, and not bloat itself. I'll check out her new pics now. Fin
Awwww...she is so adorable! I especially like the pic of her in between the food bowls, like Come on, mom! I'm hungry! LOL! Forgot to add that canned food is pretty much all moisture, and not much good stuff. Is she on the canned for any other reason than to wet her food, or? Fin
I've heard it both ways...as far as large breeds. Some say after 6 months to give them adult others say wait till they are two...so it IS very confusing.... I found this article... 6 months to 1 year Your puppy may look all grown up but he is still a puppy. He should still be fed puppy food for the added nutrition. Feed him the puppy food for the first year. In some larger breeds even into the second year. Ask your veterinarian when you should switch to adult food. Make sure the adult food you switch to is still a balanced diet with the first ingredient being meat. 8 to 9 months Feeding can be reduced to once a day. 2 years Smaller breeds can start on adult food when they are a year old. Larger breeds should stay on puppy food until they are fully mature which is usually about 2 years of age. Ask your veterinarian when to switch your dog. So you see it is confusing...I don't see any reason why you should take away the canned food. I feed my dog some canned in her dry, every day.... Good luck
As you probably know I have a Dane. He was only on puppy food for one month because I didn't know any better. Too much protein for Danes. He now eats Diamond Lamb and Rice. So yes I would make the switch if I were you.