|Barked: Thu Dec 30, '10 6:18pm PST |
|For those of you interested in what highly experienced teams of professionals with access to the staffs of veterinarian schools plus their own data on thousands of dogs, look to the practices of the service dog schools. Each school breeds hundreds of dogs a year, mostly Labs, Shepherds, and Goldens. Some of them provide all the medical care for most of them the first year. At the end of it, they did a complete physical including hip X-rays on all of them. The schools share information with each other. I am familiar with the practices of a few of them. They vary somewhat, but all of them are vary careful to keep their puppies lean, and make an early switch to an all life stages food, perhaps at 4-5 months.
There are different large breed puppy chows. Many of them are little different the ALS food except for the higher price. Any other differences are going to fall on the excessively rich side promoting the agribusiness ''get big fast'' thinking. The large breed puppy chows are highly profitable, using nearly the same ingredients as the ALS, but selling for much more.
I find it ludicrous to think that any ordinary dog owner knows enough to correct teams of professionals.
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