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    Default Puppy or Adult Food?

    Just wondering when you guys (who feed dry food) switch from puppy to adult food? Particularly concerning large dogs. I wanted to keep Ziggy on puppy food until she is ~18 months old. She is now 14 months but hasn’t grown in the last 3 months at all. She gained a bit of weight which I think is mainly because she stayed with friends who spoiled her in every aspect…. Plus no exercise ATM. I will keep her on puppy food anyway for now just curious what yous do.

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    Hey Hippo
    Good question, I was wondering the same thing.
    Lola is 11 months and I'm thinking of putting her on adult food (she's not a Large breed pup like Ziggy though). I've noticed that she's getting a bit round...Over the last month or so a I've been giving her half-puppy, half-adult. She's just about finished a bag of puppy food so I was thinking of not buying anymore and starting her on adult, maybe you could start doing the same for Zig. I'm sure others will advise us on what to do.

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    Thanks Mags

    Anyone else an opinion?

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    Nopedoes not look like it

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    For most breeds, we actually sugget to move to adult food at 12 months.
    For giant breeds (Great Dane, GSD, Rotti) we suggest 18 months.
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    Sorry, yes me.

    Have been having the same dilema with Leo atm, and have finally decided to make the switch to adult (Leos 15 months)

    He has been getting a cup of Iams large breed puppy with a few goodos mix in for morning meal. he eats raw at night. Was running out of his puppy kibble but have been humming and harring over brands (EVO, Ziwi peak, Artimis) In the end I have come so close to the bottom of the current bag and was running out fast so ended up grabbing a packet of the Natures gift kibble in the super market when I was shopping last week as the 'step in' kibble while I try to decide which one I am going to make the final switch to.

    He is loving the natures gift i have to say! It smells like roast chicken when i open the cotainer every morning (Much nicer than the smell of the Iams) so i may just stick with it for a while! As I said he only has a small amount of kibble in the mornings so TBH im really not feeling that fussed that he MUST have a top premium range kibble. Some days he doesnt even bother eating his kibble anyway and I pop it back into the container at dinner time before he gets his raw meal.

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    I believe there's no such thing as puppy/adult food and that this is just marketing All my dogs (and throughout my life I had 7) ate the same and it was always fine. The only difference is in size of the actual kibble. Of course very young puppies should eat something softer, but I never fed very young puppies kibble and should I have them again, never will

    If we humans wouldn't interfere, if dogs live in the wild, mother would feed their pups the same food she eats, so there's no such thing as puppy food really

    I give my dogs "all life stage" dry food. I also do not believe in foods for certain breeds.

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    Thanks Leo
    I decided to mix Lolas half,half, but soon I think I'll have her on adult as she's getting a bit porky.
    I've given Mis supermarket food mixed with raw a few times when I've run out. She did have a rash once that might have been related to the food

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    The only thing is that nobody cared about the wild pup eating the same as it's mum. No-one cared about how long it lived, whether it got sick, no-one to worry about vet bills, as it was in the wild. These days our dogs are our family members and loved to bits, it's only natural that we want to do what's best and healthiest.

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    I have only used it with the real youngsters.
    And I believe that using a 'puppy' kibble was more for my benefit then thiers.

    I just think that as long as they are on a healthy balanced diet they don't honestly need the so called 'puppy' kibble with so called 'extra' ingrediants.

    By 12 weeks all of my bubs have been on a regular ( puppy adjusted ) BARF diet. They would get extra things in thier diets such as oats and barley,extra vegies & fruit plus thier mince and chicken,bones etc.
    I know that may sound like alot but it was balanced out
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    Choppa
    Do you puree the veg & fruit. I've heard that dogs are unable to process cellulose and therefore wouldn't get the nutrients from veg & fruit unless pureed

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