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Old 10-25-2011, 11:12 AM   #1
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Early switch to adult food.

For larger breeds it is a common practice to switch to an all life stages food to slow growth at 4-5 months and reduce stress on growing joints.

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Because Pugs have such a high incidence of hip dysplasia (62%), and OFA done prior to 2 years of age is not considered accurate,
Does anybody or should people be doing the same thing with small breeds?
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:00 PM   #2
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Hip dysplasia is inherited. The long term effects can be minimized by feeding correctly, exercise, and weight control. I don't know enough about small breeds to comment on when to switch to adult food.

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Old 10-25-2011, 12:03 PM   #3
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I always switch my shelties to adult food by 6 months at the latest. With Emily, 3 mnoth old GSD, I have already switched her to adult food, but it also says it is good for all stages of life.
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Old 10-25-2011, 01:27 PM   #4
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Yes, the fine print on many adult foods says ''suitable for all life stages''. One thing to watch is some adult foods have over the 1.5% maximum calcium, actual, not guaranteed minimum.
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:46 AM   #5
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I believe that many vets and breeders are recommending such a switch for all sizes.
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