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I have 2, 6-month old lab puppies. I feed them Purina One large breed puppy food, per the vets orders. They aren't very big for being 6-months old. I was wondering if large breed puppy food stunts there growth so they don't grow to fast? We also have a 3 year old lab and when she was a puppy we just fed her regular puppy food and she grew very fast. I'm wondering if this is why the vet told us to feed them large breed puppy food. I've never gone this route when raising large breed puppies so I'm curious to find out if this is the reason they are growing so slow.
 

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Well, since vets basically know little to nothing about nutrition (with some exceptions, of course) I would not listen to a vet on that subject. Check out http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ and http://www.dogfoodproject.com/ for information regarding various foods and food quality. Then choose the food you want to feed based on the information. Many people never feed puppy food but choose to feed a food for "all life stages." That's up to you and what you feel is best for your dogs. What did the breeder suggest you feed?
 

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I didn't get my puppies from a breeder, I got them from a friend. My vet said something along the lines of its better for larger breeds to grow at a smaller rate because of problems they might have later in life regarding there joints and what not. We recently visited with one of the siblings of my puppies and he was huge. They feed him regular puppy food. I figured maybe because he was male that he would grow faster then my little girls. I'll definately check those websites out though.
 

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Well, since vets basically know little to nothing about nutrition (with some exceptions, of course) I would not listen to a vet on that subject. Check out http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ and http://www.dogfoodproject.com/ for information regarding various foods and food quality. Then choose the food you want to feed based on the information. Many people never feed puppy food but choose to feed a food for "all life stages." That's up to you and what you feel is best for your dogs. What did the breeder suggest you feed?
I have to agree with you, vets know basically nothing about nutruition with some as a exception who take their time to research and learn about it. I would never listen to a vet either about food nutruition.

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I guess i would look at it like humans, some children grow a foot at the age of 14 and others spurt at 16-17... but i must admit it would concern me too, i would look at the food first because they might not be growing because the food isn't meeting their nutritional needs.

Visit that website in the above posting, thats where i started when i knew little to nothing about dog nuturition, it helped me alot and i went from there... did research and voila!

Take care and good luck!
 
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