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Old December 8th, 2009, 08:23 PM
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Feeding my dog

Currently I'm feeding my 9 month old Saint Bernard Multi-Menu large breed dog food but after some more in depth reading I'm considering switching to Orijen. Just by looking at the ingredients, I can tell there's quite a difference. The protein from one to the other is 24%(MM) to 40%(Or). Now, I was once told that with a large breed dog, if fed a lower protein %, it would make them grow slower with less risk to joint problems. I imagine there's some truth to it but how much? If that were a concern with Orijen, would I just feed my dog smaller amounts? If not a concern or even a farce I would like some more info.

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Mike
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Old December 8th, 2009, 10:02 PM
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It's actually a myth about the protein. Dogs are carnivores and high protein is a GOOD thing!

Where you can get into joint problems is if the calcium and phosphorous levels aren't controlled. Orijen makes a Large Breed Puppy formula that controls the amounts of these minerals. At nine months you could probably even feed their Large Breed Adult formula at this point (lower fat and calories than a puppy food....and large breeds can be switched to adult food before a year to help keep them at a healthy weight - which is also super important for joint health!)

Good for you for researching foods and wanting the best for your pup Orijen is fantastic and you'll see a huge difference in his coat, breath, stools, etc.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 10:07 PM
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It is not the high protein you need to be concerned about it is the amount of calcium and especially phosphorus that matters. Orijen makes a large breed puppy formula that is totally safe to feed.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 10:09 PM
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LOL ...I got distracted by the dogs while I was typing and should have checked to see that you had already replied with the same info, Chaser.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 10:15 PM
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Here is a thread we discussed this topic in before ....

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread....d+large+breeds
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