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So we have been buying large breed adult food for our dog for a while now, and he's always had trouble keeping the bigger sized food down. I accidentally bought the same food, but for medium sized dogs, and hasn't had any troubles keeping it down. Someone suggested that large dog food has something in it for their joints. Is this true and will we need some kind of joint supplement if we continue with the medium size breed food?
Does your dog eat really fast? If my dogs eat too fast, they don't actually chew and will sometimes throw up. You can get a slow-down dog dish, or use a portion pacer to get him to eat slower.
I don't know much about dog nutrition or what the difference in food is. The food I buy is not specific to large breed dogs. I do know it's more important for giant breeds though. What kind of dog do you have?
my guys are big, I look for a protein to fat, and what the cal per cup is. I actually prefer a food that is just food and no special supplements in it. I would rather have more control of adding supplement separately. They are very athletic in ability, but not very active dogs consistently. the bag recommends 8 cups and they do well to maintain on 5 or 6 daily.
From what I understand, it is very important that large-breed puppies get large-breed foods. But once they are over 2 years of age, I would assume they have the same requirements as any adult dog. Since the reasons for the special puppy food have to do with growth, I don't see any reason why you couldn't give them regular adult food, but I would obviously check with the vet first.
I know there are studies on caloric intake and calcium intake during puppyhood which indicate that excess calories and calcium during growth (puppyhood) contribute to bone diseases later in life. I'm not sure what would be in a large-breed adult food that would help with joints.
if we are talking about puppies I really liked the Royal Canin Giant puppy.. the ingredients read like a nightmare to me, but the breeder recommended it as what he feeds his own puppies. And my two previous pups seem to struggle around the age of 7 months with the other food I had tried to grow them out on. Tasman loved the Giant Puppy, had a smooth growth the breed easy to reach 100lbs around 7 months old. At the appropriate age I tried to change over to the Giant Jr. but Tasman wouldn't eat it, so I stay'd on the Giant puppy longer Before movinging him over to what my other adult dogs were eating at almost 2 years old.