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Hey everyone I am new and just adopted a puppy. He is 5 months old and was previously fed diamond lamb and rice and was always told blue buffalo was a good food and I tried to search the forums and couldnt really find a good answer.  I got him the chicken and rice large breed adult formula is this a good food for him or should I take it back and get him something else? We pick him up on tuesday and will slowly switch from current to new but just wanted to make sure this is an ok food.

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I have heard good things about blue buffalo, we just changed our kids over to natural balance ( very similar to bb). The only thing I did hear was bb has a big amount of protein which makes some dogs gain a good amount of weight.  Not sure if it is true but that is what the bb rep at the store told me that is why we went with natural balance.

 

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Thanks for the answer Sarajune, I just wasnt sure because it looked like online a lot of people we saying that it made their dog sick and wasnt sure if anyone else had that experience or if it was just people trying to make them look bad or whatever.

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I've not had a good experience with either of my kids with Blue.. Way too much protein for them.. however with two special needs rescues we do home made..

What and how to feed seems to be the most asked question on any Forum. I'm going to quote our good friend Gunny here as it makes more sense than anything:

" Feed your dogs the best food you can afford and one that agrees with them."

 

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Sounds like a good plan Kate :) I guess we will try it out and see if it agrees with him and if not find something else :)

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Blue Buffalo didn't set well with Juneau. I don't think it was the protein in his case though, because he does great on Orijen Six Fish which has 38% protein (more than any of the BB formulas to my knowledge). I think it just doesn't agree with some dogs, but it seems like a fine food if it works for you =)

As a side note, for such a young dog you may want to contact BB and see what their MAX Calcium/Phosphorus levels are. Most, like BB on their website, list the min level and not the max. I switched away from Canidae for June because they did respond to an email and let me know that their Calcium level has a max range set at 2.2%, and I didn't really want to propel his growth by inadvertently supplementing him.

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Sgoule what is a good level for the calcium? So I know if it has too much

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I'm not a canine nutritionist by any means, just want to throw that out. 

 

That at being said, I've heard and read not to go over 2% with a large breed puppy since it risks them growing too quickly and increases the risk of skeletal issues. I have also heard that the phosphorus ratio should be about 1:0.7. Maybe someone else here could weigh in on that. 

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Thank you I will definitely look into it :)

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Do u habe any recipes you can share? I have a 7 month old and I am having a hard time keeping him at a good weight as he grows like a weed! This is my first Doberman i have always had huskys so this is all new to me.
Thank you.