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Offline Berner_Mom

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What age did you switch from large breed puppy kibble to adult?
« on: February 28, 2009, 04:08:20 am »
My Tucker turned 1 year old yesterday, and I was wondering - should we be switching from his Orijens large breed puppy kibble to an adult formula now?  Or should Tucker be staying on the large breed puppy for one more year, as Berners take about 2 years to complete the puppy stage (as I've been told).

What did you do?

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Re: What age did you switch from large breed puppy kibble to adult?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2009, 05:56:17 am »
I think Newfies and Berners grow at about the same rate.
I had been told by a lot of people that it would be better to just put Clifford on Adult food, so I did that about a month after I got him, so 4 months old. He has been very healthy other than some skin itch/ allergy problems. I switched him to grain free at 14 months and there have been no more skin issues.

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Re: What age did you switch from large breed puppy kibble to adult?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2009, 07:05:18 am »
I think Newfies and Berners grow at about the same rate.
I had been told by a lot of people that it would be better to just put Clifford on Adult food, so I did that about a month after I got him, so 4 months old. He has been very healthy other than some skin itch/ allergy problems. I switched him to grain free at 14 months and there have been no more skin issues.

The amount of conflicting information/advice out there is amazing (and frightening too!).  We were told by our vet to keep Tucker on the large breed puppy formula (whatever kibble we decided on) for 2 years, as it takes that long for them to "age" out of puppyhood, but then the more we talked to others, the more we heard we should've went right to adult right away (which obviously we didn't do), and now he's a year and still eating Orijens lg br. puppy, but I'm feeling like he should be on adult.  I think a trip to the pet store is in order.
Sarah
Mom to daughter, McKenna,
With us for 40 weeks, 1 day
Silently Born Into Eternity
on May 27, 2007

Mom to fur-kids:
Tucker, 16 months, BMD
Echo, 6 years, Siamese
Simba, 2 years, Orange Tabby
Mom to one reptile-teenager,
Trevor, 16 years, red-eared slider turtle

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Re: What age did you switch from large breed puppy kibble to adult?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2009, 04:02:09 pm »
We switched all of ours to adult at around 4 months as well. 
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