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Old 01-19-2014, 10:51 PM
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when did you all switch from puppy to adult?
i'm seeing conflicting info, the pet store lady said now is fine (he's 10 months)
he's on acana small breed puppy
i'll ask the vet, but i like to get other chihuahua parent's advice
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I never fed puppy food with my last two chis, I fed fromm grain free which in all life stages food. I just fed twice as much while they were growing.

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i'm thinking of switching to fromm because my puppy and 3 year old are showing little interest in their food and it's a fight to get them to eat so i've been researching other quality kibble. i like the idea of rotating the flavours. right now i have been adding a teaspoon of canned wellness food to their dry. in the conversation about switching foods the lady mentioned the puppy could switch to adult at any time and that made me realize i hadn't even considered that timing yet.
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i'm thinking of switching to fromm because my puppy and 3 year old are showing little interest in their food and it's a fight to get them to eat so i've been researching other quality kibble. i like the idea of rotating the flavours. right now i have been adding a teaspoon of canned wellness food to their dry. in the conversation about switching foods the lady mentioned the puppy could switch to adult at any time and that made me realize i hadn't even considered that timing yet.
I can't say enough great things about fromm! Ideally I would feed raw but it's not convenient for me and Lola won't go near it so she would still have to eat kibble. She is my picky eater and she has food allergies as well. I'm happy to say all 4 of my dogs love it which makes my life much easier. I top it with a little stella and chewys freeze dried raw and a dab of coconut oil. I don't think you will be disappointed with Fromm.

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Typically, you could switch your chihuahua over from puppy food to adult food from anywhere between 1 year to 3 years, but it depends on your dog's personal growth, health factors, etc. If your dog has hypoglycemia, anemia, or other factors, please ask your vet! Some chi's have successfully been kept on puppy food their entire life with just the quantity changed!
Some have been fed all-life stages food to reduce confusion, but this might not be for your dog, since all-life stages foods typically (but not always) have high caloric and protein amounts.

My personal feelings are: if your dog is a healthy weight, has no health issues, and is developing normally, about 1.5-2 years is a good time to switch. While the body of the chi may be done growing, brain development still happens for a couple years, that is my reason for not switching, because puppy food promotes healthy brain AND body development. However each chi should be dealt with on a case by case basis.
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