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Food For Thought™ Technical Bulletin No.72R
Innovative Research in Dog and Cat Nutrition™
Many large-breed puppies have a tendency to grow very quickly. Unfortunately, if this tendency is encouraged by overfeeding, developmental bone problems can occur. To avoid these problems, careful feeding management is necessary. This should include:
Our specially formulated large breed puppy formulas make feeding management easier because they are designed for fast-growing, large-breed puppies (those with an expected adult weight of more than 50 pounds)..Return To Top
A protein level approximating 26% in these formulas promotes healthy body condition and balances the protein with the reduced number of calories in the food. Research has shown that
The protein in our large breed puppy formulas support normal skeletal and muscular growth.Return To Top
Fat contributes over twice as many calories in a diet than either proteins or carbohydrates. As the fat level increases, the energy content of the diet also increases making feeding management more difficult for large-breed puppies. Several studies have shown increases in developmental bone problems when a diet was overfed. 2, 3
By reducing the fat content of large-breed puppy formulas to about 14%, the metabolizable energy (ME) of the diets can be kept to a low level of about 1,800 kilocalories per pound.Return To Top
Our large-breed puppy formulas have adjusted calcium and phosphorus levels at a correct ratio to match the needs of rapidly growing large-breed puppies. The rumors that large- and giant-breed puppies need extra calcium are untrue! Excess calcium has been shown in several studies to increase the chances of developmental bone problems. 4, 5, 6 Plus, puppies cannot control intestinal absorption of calcium as well from diets containing high levels.
Our large breed diets are formulated with 0.8 to 0.9% calcium and 0.7% phosphorus which is deliberately less than the amounts in all of our other puppy foods.Return To Top
Our large breed puppy formulas are made specifically for growing puppies with expected adult weights of 50 pounds or more. These puppy foods are unique because they are formulated with:
3 Lavelle. The effect of overfeeding of a balanced complete commercial diet to a group of growing Great Danes. In: Nutrition of the dog and cat. Burger and Rivers (eds). Cambridge Univ Press, 1989:303-316.