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Q: Puppy Food to Adult Food

July 26, 2009 | By Theresa L. | 5 answers | Expired: 1870 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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Sheltervt
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Jul 28, 2009

Not written in stone at all... many canine professionals NEVER feed puppy food. Many large breed enthusiasts particularly, because of concerns of heightened protein levels in puppy food causing growth irregularities. I generally make a dog-by-dog determination, and usually make the switch to adult between six and nine months.

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Chaoskennels
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Jul 27, 2009

Around 6months to a year, you normally want to swich to adult food. There is a lot of extras in puppy food that can cause puppies to grow TOO fast and end up with bone and joint problems.

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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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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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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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