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  1. #1
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    Default Changing Aussie pup to adult food?

    I recently have been blessed with a new family member-Luke. My now 6 months old Aussie.

    It has been 5 years since my last pup and I just don't recall when to change him from pup food to adult food.

    I am currently feeding Taste of the Wild (though have rotated around between different grain free diets).

    I was looking over the website and, to be honest, can't see much difference in the profile of the adult vs pup food.

    Each seem to range from 28-32% protein (+/-).

    It seems to me the grain free/high protein diets are very similar in the adult/pup lines?



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    Quote Originally Posted by LMH View Post
    I was looking over the website and, to be honest, can't see much difference in the profile of the adult vs pup food.

    Each seem to range from 28-32% protein (+/-).

    It seems to me the grain free/high protein diets are very similar in the adult/pup lines?
    Is the Aussie eating large breed puppy food or just puppy food? If it is large breed puppy food, then there is probably a difference in the calcium. If it is just regular puppy food, then it's probably pretty similar.
    I feed large breed puppy food to puppies until they are about 1 year old, and then switch them over to adult. They are a little bit bigger than Aussies, though, so this might not be relevant.



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    I believe TOTW is just 'puppy food' I don't recall seeing a large breed version.

    I actually want to change brands-the TOTW/Diamond relationship does not thrill me.

    I was feeding EVO but the P&G relationship does not thrill me.

    After researching companies I think I am going to back to Orijen.
    Last edited by LMH; Nov. 22, 2012 at 02:30 PM.



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    My vet had me change over at 1 year from the puppy food for a mini aussie. However, I feed Nutro Natural Choice and they had both a puppy and a small breed puppy.



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    I changed over to adult food for my mini aussie at about 8 months of age. She was getting a little too stocky and I had her on such a small amount that I couldn't decrease any further.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LMH View Post
    I believe TOTW is just 'puppy food' I don't recall seeing a large breed version.

    I actually want to change brands-the TOTW/Diamond relationship does not thrill me.

    I was feeding EVO but the P&G relationship does not thrill me.

    After researching companies I think I am going to back to Orijen.
    If you are switching to Orijen I'd go ahead and do it now. It is such a high quality food the adult food will be more than enough for your dog (better than keeping your pup on TOTW!).

    I have Dobermans who grew up on Orijen and I switched them at around 5-6 months to the adult food.



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    I feed adult food from the get go. Most quality grain free diets have high enough fat and protein contents for puppies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhyadawn View Post
    I feed adult food from the get go. Most quality grain free diets have high enough fat and protein contents for puppies.
    Me too. Don't think I've *ever* fed "puppy food."

    You DO have to watch out for the calcium levels, though. Nothing over 1.8% until the dog is over a year. Lower is better.



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    Thanks for all the feedback. I visited a local pet store with all kinds of grain free foods-some that were new to me.

    He is being transitioned to adult "Back To Basics" for now and will rotate that with other products like Orijen, etc.

    I am just thrilled to know I have several options locally. I have always like rotating protein sources and grain free foods.

    Thanks again.



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    I fed my black lab large breed puppy food (Wellness) until he was 15 months.. at which point I switched him to a grain free adult food, currently Acana. My general rule of thumb is that the bigger the breed the longer they should stay on puppy food.



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