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Current Replies for Protein level in puppy food
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Rickygee23
12/15/2008 5:14:31 PM
Posts: 3
Hi Guys:

Some people think that the protein level in puppy food should be at 29, some are saying it should be 14%, and other are saying that it doesn't matter.
Could you please tell me what should be the correct level of protein in puppy food.

Thank you,

Ricardo
kendellwaltz
12/16/2008 5:14:42 AM
Posts: 409
It depends on the breed and what your breeder reccommends. I am very careful not to feed my Dobes anything higher than 26% -- ideally I use a food with 22-24% protein and about 12-14% fat. This is dry food by the way. I always start puppies on adult food and suppliment things in if needed.
ihd1gsp
1/19/2009 7:52:11 PM
Posts: 1
We raise and train German Shorthaired Pointers and our vets recommend that our puppies are off puppy food with high protein contents by the time they are 8 weeks old. So we start switching them to adult food so they are completely switched by 8 weeks old. They did a study several years ago and I don't remember how many pups were included, but lets use 10 and they split them into 2 groups of 5 pups. Group one was fed puppy food until they were a year old and Group two were fed adult food until they were a year old. At a year they x-ray'd their joints and they already had bone degeneration happening. This is for medium to large breed dogs. So that is the policy we go by.
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