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Old 12-04-2012, 09:22 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Pheona is on a lamb & brown rice formula and Murphy is on the freedom (grain-free) chicken. I've been thinking of switching Pheona over to the grain-free as well. I had looked at the Wilderness that they have but my husband was worried about to much protein in it. I do know if you do switch, you can go online & do the Blue to compare and they will send you a $5 off coupon.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:39 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Right now my pups are on Blue Buffalo Large breed puppy Life Protection formula with Chicken and Brown Rice. They love love the life source bits and I can be found on just about any given day digging through their food bag to gather handfuls of those for treats. They work just like any other treat where training is concerned.

My adults are on Large Breed adults Chicken and Brown rice with life source bits.

Per my vets request I'm about to transition my pups to adult food but I really hate to make the transition now then switch them again after the first of the year as we are ideally working towards going raw. I really just don't want to shock their bodies. However, since both adults and pups are on chicken and brown rice, hubby doesn't think there'll be much difference.

I prefer the large breed kibble personally over the smaller kibbles just because I want them to chew their food not inhale it. I also find that adding a bit of warm water to their kibble slows them down while eating as well. I'm mostly concerned about choking hazards but I'm a worry wart so go figure lol.

Anyhow, we actually went out last night to stock up on food and feed and we didn't purchase puppy food. I have enough to last me a little over a week and hubby even reminded me this morning on his way out the door that I need to start the transition this morning with their breakfast.

Ideally they'd be on the Blue Freedom but the largest bag they carry in that is 24lbs and I get my other bags at 30 lbs each. Now 6 lbs may not seem like a lot, but when you're feeding a large pack of dogs, it adds up fast. Certainly faster than even feeding raw will be. Honestly, I'm really looking forward to getting my babies off of processed foods altogether. I don't like not knowing for sure what's in my dog's food and in the pet food industry, they have a full 30 days to change the label if they change the ingredients.

Anyway, that's my two cents.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:48 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Tracilee, I feed Blue Buffalo as well. How long did you leave your little ones on puppy food?? I'm debating at the 6 month mark if I should move Murphy over to the others or if I should leave her on puppy food. Pheona stayed on the puppy food till she was a year but she was also so tiny. At 4 months Murphy is already just over half of Pheona's weight & playing quick catch up on height. Jokingly told my husband last night, I'm going to order Pheona a shirt that reads..."I'm the big sister". LOL
Some vets recommend 1 year of puppy food and I'm pretty sure in most cases my vet does too but our litter are growing so big so fast she's concerned about future joint problems. We are attributing their exceptional size to the mothers milk powder I sprinkled on Pumpkin's food while she was pregnant. That and the fact that Pumpkin comes from a line of very tall, leggy boxers, her grandfather was really almost head and shoulders to a Great Dane, just not quite as much length. We have one, Button, who is growing so tall so fast I'm gonna have to build him a stall instead of a kennel.



Anyways, long winded again... I'd talk to your vet about making the switch. He/she will know Murphy's growth better than me for sure. If your vet feels Murphy is growing too fast, you might want to switch sooner rather than later.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:50 PM   #34 (permalink)
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So how much protein should a 7 month old 50 lb baby be getting?


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The BB puppy food I'm currently transitioning away from has 28% protein and the adult BB we are switching to has 26% protein. I'm not sure there is a guideline. Perhaps one of the well informed raw feeders could answer this better as to what the ideal protein intake is for a pup.
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Talked to my vet just now and he suggests to keeping him on puppy food until a year old:-( wish I could find a bigger bag!


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Have you weighed the option of feeding raw into your calculations?
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Have you weighed the option of feeding raw into your calculations?
I would love to, but my dad and sister aren't for it


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you can feed all life stages kibble... We fed Rex Acana GRAIN free except Oats when he was under 1... the only one he had the least Gas on was Acana - Lamb and Apple he also had firm poops onit and only got 4cups a day and a 7KG Bag that lasts 3-4 weeks only cost $50...the 13kg bags are more of course. Its protein is 25%...Rex didn't mind eating it at all... You can buy small sample size bags to try to make sure Wyatt likes it first if you wanted to try it.

I personally wont go back to kibble after having my guys on Raw...they look forward to every meal they do a dance for me when they see me grabbing there thawed food out of the fridge.. I hope you can find him something or eventually convince the crew to feed Raw.
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you can feed all life stages kibble... We fed Rex Acana GRAIN free except Oats when he was under 1... the only one he had the least Gas on was Acana - Lamb and Apple he also had firm poops onit and only got 4cups a day and a 7KG Bag that lasts 3-4 weeks only cost $50...the 13kg bags are more of course. Its protein is 25%...Rex didn't mind eating it at all... You can buy small sample size bags to try to make sure Wyatt likes it first if you wanted to try it.

I personally wont go back to kibble after having my guys on Raw...they look forward to every meal they do a dance for me when they see me grabbing there thawed food out of the fridge.. I hope you can find him something or eventually convince the crew to feed Raw.
He only gets three cups right no with his current food. Maybe next bag I'll transition him. I didn't have enough food this time to properly do the transition


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