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Old 11-29-2012, 01:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Puppy protein

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I am new here. I have a 12 week old Dobe on Blue Buffilo puppy food, my bet told me today to put my pup on a large breed puppy food. I have done some looking around and am worried about putting him on a puppy food too high in protein . It can cause kidney problems later in life I understand. Can anyone tell me what the proper amount of protein is expectable. I have been looking at Origen puppy just based on the ingredients , really high protein worries me !! Thank you
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Puppies are baby carnivores. They are designed to operate on a diet of water, protein, fat, minerals and vitamins... what a prey animal is made of. Improperly balanced nutrients (particularly minerals) is not good for them. Too much food is not good for them. Too much protein is not an issue. My last pup was raised (and grew well and healthfully, and never had kidney issues) on a raw diet... I would estimate the protein in her diet was somewhere in excess of 60% on a dry matter basis. It's what dogs eat... don't worry!
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we've had Deckard on Blue Buffalo adult food since the recall on Taste of the Wild, so...maybe 6 or 7 months? he's fine.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd contact your vet and ask by large breed puppy food, what exactly did he/she mean? Some are lower in protein and some are higher. I'm guessing he/she meant one that is lower. But the advice he/she gave was not complete. In addition, you'll want to look at calcium/phosphorous ratios. And if your puppy came from a reputable breeder, remember they are always a good resource too to ask questions.
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My current bag of kibble is Blue Buffalo Freedom Puppy... it's labelled as 1.3% minimum CA, which is well under the recommended <2.0% calcium level for large breed puppies. That being said, I'd prefer it have a stated level. Blue Buffalo makes a large breed puppy kibble that is labelled at 1.2% CA, but that's still a MINIMUM level, which makes me wary.

There are many kibbles out there with hard numbers for CA levels.... it depends on what's available to you locally, if you aren't into getting kibble shipped. Chewy.com seems to have decent prices along with free shipping over $49, and no tax.... so check them out.
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you need to get on google ( im on my blower too much hassle for me to do it and post links) and get up the Orijen white paper and Pennsylvania Uni did a paper on protein in dogs!

not sure what your vet is on about really....

im feeding Orijen LB its something like 37% protein and a lot of people recommend it if your dobes got the stomach for it! never read 1 kidney related issue! only loose stools
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