|Barked: Thu Nov 8, '12 11:33am PST |
|This is actually a giant breed mixed puppy (being Saint x Dane), so it's even more critical to get the calcium and phosphorous levels correct. The reason for that is you actually don't want too fast a growth rate, that causes severe problems with joints and skeletal growth later on. You want their bones to be dense enough to carry their considerable future weight, and their joints to have a healthy range of motion.
I've taken care of many well-raised Irish Wolfhounds, also a giant breed. I really can't overstress how important the proper growth rate is for a dog that will be as large as yours. While there's nothing wrong with wanting to prepare your own food for the pup, please be aware that to get that ph:calcium ratio correct you need to do your research. Make sure the diet falls within the range for a large to giant breed puppy. Balancing over a week would be ok, I wouldn't stretch it out more than that for this type of puppy.
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