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Old 01-07-2016, 02:43 AM
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So Finley is currently 30 weeks old - he's growing up so fast! He eats Orijen puppy, and will be switched to Orijen Six Fish with Gizmo as an adult. We have a open bag of the puppy food going, what's left will last him another few weeks. I know the general rule is to take them off puppy food at about a year old, but given the high-quality nature of Orijen and the similarities in their nutritional content for puppy vs. adult, am thinking of weaning Finley onto the Six Fish as we get to the end of this bag of puppy. Thoughts?
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Mine is nearly 8 1/2 months old and he's been having a mix of Acana puppy and Acana adult for the past couple weeks. I know they are nearly the same formula but he prefers the adult and even picks out those kibble instead! To be honest I don't think it matters AS much for small dogs that stop growing before 1 year old. Mine hasn't gained any weight for over a month now, and has never had any low blood sugar issues.
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Most of the 'good' kibble is for all life stages, so should be OK.
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To be honest I don't think it matters AS much for small dogs that stop growing before 1 year old.
I think it's important to define what you mean by "stop growing."

There's a important distinction between the time that puppies reach their full adult size versus the time it takes them to mature.

Their full frame means that they're not going to get any longer or taller, but it takes time for the rest of their body to catch up, and for them to fill out and mature in all respects.

Their "full adult size," and "maturity" are not the same things. Tango for example, continued to thicken up around his chest area, get that very pronounced tuck under his belly, a slight ruff of fur around his neck (he's double coated) and gain weight until he was 18 months old even though he never got any longer or taller once he reached about 9 months. But he went from 2.5 pounds to 3.5 pounds in that following 9 months. And he's not and never has been overweight.
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Most of the 'good' kibble is for all life stages, so should be OK.
Yes, that was my thought and why I'm thinking of moving him over early instead of buying another bag of the puppy kibble. It will be so nice not having to buy a different bag of food literally for each dog
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'Puppy food' is just a concept invented by dog food manufacturers. A good diet is suitable from weaning throughout the dogs life.
In the wild puppies wouldn't eat any different from adults once weaned. Human children eat the same food as adults. Puppies don't have different nutritional needs than adult dogs, they just need good food and plenty of it.
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Currently my oldest boy, who is around 16, eats orijin puppy food. He needs the extra protein and fat in order to keep weight on. And all the hoopla about seniors needing lower protein or you'll damage their kidneys... I'm not a believer. It's never affected him negatively. He has beautiful yearly blood work. His blood work has actually improved over the past few years since I adopted him and started him on such a high quality diet. The fact that it's "puppy food" doesn't mean anything to me. The formula has what he needs, so that's what he eats. 😊
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I agree, older dogs need high quality protein from meat, fish or eggs, it is the low quality plant based proteins found in most commercial dog foods that they can't cope with.
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