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Q: Puppy Food to Adult Food

July 26, 2009 | By Theresa L. | 5 answers | Expired: 1837 days ago

Theresa L.

Is it written in stone that you switch over to adult for at 1 year. I'm thinking it is, but what are your thoughts on when to switch over from puppy to adult food?

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shannon r.
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Jul 26, 2009

I work at Purina and I know that there are other ingredients that are helpful to a puppies growth and development in the puppy food that isn't in the adult food. Most of the time the puppy food should be fed until 1 year of age.

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JerZgirl
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Jul 27, 2009

Puppyhood is relative depending on the breed of dog...sometimes dogs are puppies until close to 2 years of age.

My breed never gets fed Puppy Food. I feed them a high protein, high fat adult food instead. I know a lot of Giant breeds that get orthopedic problems if on puppy food.

As far as switching over, just like with switching to any food I would slowly mix in the new food with the old food over the course of 2 weeks until the dog is fully eating the new food.

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Mary C.
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Jul 27, 2009

Usually size and breed play a part with puppy foods. I myself use an all life stage formula, I have little dogs and feed Taste of the wild, it is a grain free all life stage, I just adjusted the amounts I fed when they were pups to adults. A lot of large and giant breed dog breeders reccomend feeding an adult formula because of the rapid bone growth in those breeds so the protein and calcium levels are a concern. A lot of breeders with toy breeds reccomend feeding those pups puppy food up to 2yrs as a previous post has said. It really is your jugdement as to when you feel your puppy is ready for an adult food!

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