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Old 12-04-2012, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this question has been asked, and I did a search but really didn't find my answers..

Nico turns 7 months in 5 days.. He is getting so big already about 45-49 pounds.. He has been on Blue Buffalo Freedom grain free puppy..

This past weekend we ran out of food and the local tractor supply only had TOW grain free but only adult. I bought a small bag since Nico needed to eat. But now I'm questioning when should I put him on adult food? Can I switch him now or should I wait till a year?

Also I have noticed that since he has been on the TOW (3 days) he is sooo gassy compared to when he was on the puppy freedom. Does this mean that the TOW isn't agreeing with his tummy? The freedom and the TOW were both chicken..

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Old 12-04-2012, 06:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is 7 months an okay age to start Adult food? I always thought it was after one year. Zeus is 7 months and low on his puppy food.. should I transition him?? is it too soon?
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Some of the Taste of the Wild is an all life stage food. Bogart's been on it since I brought him home, and transitioned him off of the breeder's food choice. My chow, who is almost 4, has also been on it since she was 8 weeks. I feed the ocean fish formula, as it's her favorite, but I do rotate the flavors occasionally.

Here's info from the press release about the labeling change:" Transition from Adult to Puppy Formula: Puppies that started on an adult formula can continue on that formula, however, if a customer would like their puppy to benefit from the additional nutrients in the puppy formulas, they can transition from one of the adult formulas." The additional nutrients are 1% fiber difference and the addition of salmon oil to the puppy version. My vet was confident that Bogie's diet was just fine and he was just seen this past Saurday!

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Yep TotW is supposed to work for all ages. The gassy bit is either because of no transition, or maybe TotW is too high protien for your puppy. I'm feeding Bruno the Freedom as well and I think it's around 28% protein where stuff like TotW is in the mid/upper-30's.
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Yes the TOW is 34% protein.. Is that too much for him still being a puppy? Also I give him 2 cups of the freedom twice a day.. On the TOW adult it size no more than 3 cups.. Since it was adult food I cut 1/2 a cup while he has been on it but he seems to be hungry.. Not sure how that works too..

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Depends on the formula...The Ocean Fish formula is about 25% or so. It's a lower protein formulation.
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I asked my vet the same question a month ago and she said it is fine to transition then whenever you like. Our trainer doesn't even give his pups puppy food.


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I think the protein recommendation for puppies is around 28%, and boxers are pretty active pups and dogs. I have a very conservative vet, and TOTW is one of his favorites. If you're uncomfortable, I'd switch your pup to one of the lower protein versions for the future.
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Our pup Tyson turns 8 months on Dec 6th, and weighs a whopping 63 lbs! Verified by the vet scale sat. He eats Blue Buffalo freedom and the last couple mo I have been mixing the adult - reg with the puppy. The adult is 24% protein and the puppy is 26%. Boxers sometimes have a prob w high protein. I have noticed his stools nice and firm and his attitude better on the mixture. He acts like he feels good. I'd love to switch completely over to the adult- 24%, but my mom, who is a vet wants him on puppy until he is a year. So I will continue mixing a little longer. I love the bb brand, and wanting something a little lower in fat, protein, I looked at the be Basics at petsmart this weekend. It says grain free, but still has barley grass in it and canola oil, which I think is a lot lesser quality oil than flaxseed or fish - I am really disappointed in the basics formula. Already he is getting coconut oil and salmon oil ev day- but this really surprised me about the basics formula- I didn't like it. Staying on the freedom formula for us then


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My vet told us to wait to switch food until Lucy stops growing and "fills out". Currently she is 8 months old and weighs about 60lbs and still growing like a weed!
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