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Food For Thought™ Technical Bulletin No. 13R
Innovative Research in Dog and Cat Nutrition™
Large-breed puppies generally grow more rapidly than smaller-breed dogs in order to achieve their adult weight of 50 pounds or more. Therefore, they need a diet that supports growth without allowing them to grow too quickly, a circumstance that can contribute to abnormal skeletal development.
Nutrition can play a key role in promoting healthy skeletal development. Limiting calcium intake is especially important in large breed puppies less than six months old. Studies show that large breed puppies fed a high-calcium diet are more likely to develop poor conformation and early lameness, in addition to other bone diseases. Research has also shown that dietary protein does not play an important role in the development of skeletal abnormalities, but high dietary energy and calcium intake can promote an excessive growth rate and an increased risk of developing skeletal problems.Return to Top
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Iams? Puppy Large Breed Formula (formulated specifically for large and giant breed puppies) has 0.83 grams of calcium per cup, compared with 1.26 grams per cup in Iams Puppy Original Formula, a diet more suitable for small and medium breed puppies)
Normal Calcium: Phosphorus Ratio (1.1:1 to 1.4:1)
Iams Puppy Large Breed Formula has 1.26:1 calcium:phosphorus ratio
Iams Puppy Large Breed Formula has 367 kcal of metabolizable energy/cup, compared with 428 kcal/cup for Iams Puppy Original Formula
Normal amount of moderately fermentable fiber
Iams Puppy Large Breed Formula has no more than 5% of crude fiber (guaranteed analysis) and contains beet pulp (a moderately fermentable fiber) for maintaining intestinal health