Is there really a difference???!!!…….. simply put… YES…We are often asked “What are the differences between a standard puppy food and a large breed puppy food apart from the kibble size?”Due to their adult size, large breed puppies have a different growth curve to smaller breeds and therefore have different nutritional requirements to support optimal growth and development. If large breed puppies grow too rapidly, this can cause serious and debilitating issues with bones, joints and muscles and therefore pet foods that have been formulated specifically for large breed puppies to help and support controlled growth and do not promote rapid growth.Although genetic factors are one of the largest unavoidable contributors to these issues, appropriate nutrition during puppy hood can help decrease the chance of such conditions developing in predisposed breeds.
We stock many Large Breed Puppy recipes in store and most have been formulated with a lower crude protein and crude fat content compared with standard puppy recipies. This reduced energy density helps to optimise the rate of growth. A lot of recipies have also been formulated with a balanced level of calcium and phosphorus based on FEDIAF Nutritional Guidelines, as diets with excess levels can lead to excess absorption and development of skeletal malformations.Feeding practice is also a very important factor to take into condersation, we would recommended feeding puppies 4 small meals per day up until 12 weeks of age, then graduating down to 3 times per day from 12 weeks up until 6 months, at which stage you can then drop them down to twice a day. Making sure you are following the suggested daily feeding amounts on the feeding guide to maintain a lean body condition. Over feeding can lead to obesity which puts extra strain on the bones and joints and can lead to other serious health issues.Selecting a large breed puppy recipe helps to support healthy growth and development to give your dog the best start in life.To see our full range of Puppy products and indeed to get some help in selecting the right puppy food for your pup, simply pop into us and we will show you a few different options which you can then make an educated decision as to which would su