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Old 06-19-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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CAKD,
Or maybe the puppy gulps down the food and the smaller food is easier to digest. Our frenchies gulped their food with large bite foods and started vomitting. We switched to tiny food and they're doing a lot better with this. They're still gulping, but it's easier for their digestive system. It's just a thought. Good Luck!
I know a Frenchie who even gulps down tater tots
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:21 PM
 
Location: SoCA to NC
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It isn't specific to my pup. This is the combo the breeder has all her dogs on. I am going to check out the ingedient list and compare as suggested. Good idea!
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Johns Island, SC
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I'm not familiar with Native American Indian Dog, so i had to google it

Beautiful looking animal.
Ok, on topic of Puppy food. Whoever said not to feed "small breed" food, meant to say "puppy food" for ether breed.

I don't want to confuse you even more, but it has been reccomended not to feed large breed puppy any "puppy" food, period!!!
Why, you might ask. Puppy food contains a lot of stuff which makes your pup grow faster then it really should, you want you dog to grow at slower rate which is beneficial to their joints. It is true for any large breed.

My dogs never been on kibble, so i can't tell you first hand. But i have friends with large breeds, and none of them fed their pups puppy food, instead, a quality adult food.

You will need to do your own research and see what food will be more beneficial to your puppy.
Wait... puppy food can make your large breed dog grow too fast, adding to potential hip problems? If this is true I wish I had known it sooner! My OEB is 6months old and has been confirmed by x-ray and symptoms to have bad hips. Her parents did not, but thats the chance you take with the breed. She actually prefers to eat my other dogs small breed senior food over her large breed puppy food. We use the same brand for both but I would love to buy just one brand and stop fussing over whose eating what.
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:49 AM
 
Location: N GA Mountains
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Wait... puppy food can make your large breed dog grow too fast, adding to potential hip problems? If this is true I wish I had known it sooner! My OEB is 6months old and has been confirmed by x-ray and symptoms to have bad hips. Her parents did not, but thats the chance you take with the breed. She actually prefers to eat my other dogs small breed senior food over her large breed puppy food. We use the same brand for both but I would love to buy just one brand and stop fussing over whose eating what.
I have been feeding my German Shepherd large breed puppy food for the past year but I was told that the food for seniors would work as well for large breed puppies. So have you been feeding her large breed puppy food and she still developed the hip problems? I am confused...
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:25 AM
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The usual reason for giving a large breed puppy the small breed food is due to the kibble size. Depending on the age of the dog, the large breed kibble may be too large for them until they are a little older and begin to obtain their adult teeth. Also, some people feel that large breed puppy foods have too much protein and calcium. I think the only way to know for sure is to ask the breeder.
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Swamps of Florida
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I have been feeding my German Shepherd large breed puppy food for the past year but I was told that the food for seniors would work as well for large breed puppies. So have you been feeding her large breed puppy food and she still developed the hip problems? I am confused...

In most cases, hips are genetic problem. If your pup is from a good breeder, who had OFA ceritification, then your pup has a chance on never developing any of those problems, but nothing is guaranteed.
As far as puppy food, i think you need to stop. 1 year is a good age to put your dog on adult food.
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Johns Island, SC
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I have been feeding my German Shepherd large breed puppy food for the past year but I was told that the food for seniors would work as well for large breed puppies. So have you been feeding her large breed puppy food and she still developed the hip problems? I am confused...
I didn't know or even think the food had anything to do with bad hips in certain dogs. She just started showing symptoms when when she was around 4months old. Right now the plan is to take her off of puppy food at 8months old, but I may go ahead and switch her to the senior stuff sooner since she likes it and my other dogs eat it too. The vet says it really important to keep her on the "lean" side since the extra weight is hard on the hips.

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The usual reason for giving a large breed puppy the small breed food is due to the kibble size. Depending on the age of the dog, the large breed kibble may be too large for them until they are a little older and begin to obtain their adult teeth. Also, some people feel that large breed puppy foods have too much protein and calcium. I think the only way to know for sure is to ask the breeder.
I think you may be on to something, she has a very elongated soft pallet (bulldog) and prefers her own food wet or to eat the small breed senior stuff. I hadn't thought it might be due to the kibble size until you mentioned it.

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In most cases, hips are genetic problem. If your pup is from a good breeder, who had OFA ceritification, then your pup has a chance on never developing any of those problems, but nothing is guaranteed.
As far as puppy food, i think you need to stop. 1 year is a good age to put your dog on adult food.
We knew we were taking our chances when we got her, however we did think the odds would be better getting an OEB over and EB. The breeder is registered with OEBA and the line she comes from is considered a healthy one, even though there was some "inbreeding" with one of the litters. I am sad that she has this problem and is so young too. We are taking her to a specialist in a couple of months to see if she should get surgery to help it.
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