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surchinmy
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Oct 8, 2003, 5:58 AM


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Re: [Terry, hunter, nathalie] Odd Lab behavior - lethargy, non-interest in food, lazy

Hi ... Smile ...

We switched our male RR to adult food at about 6 months or so ... and he is just almost getting to full height at 1 year and 8 months ... We know he is "almost" full height because he has just reached 27 1/2" ... and that's just about his father's height of 28" ...

The idea is to switch ... just as they are finishing off their fastest growth period (when they do need the higher % of protein & fat available in puppy food) and move to adult food to complete their growth ...

By switching the RR to adult food ... he has taken his time to reach his growth potential with good strong bones ... and he's lean and mean ... Wink ...

Hunter is right ... switching to adult kibble does not mean the dog will not achieve full growth potential - or be stunted ... (that will only happen if you put dog on starvation diet) ... For medium to large dogs ... slower growth rate is better ... slower growth rate allows the bones to harden & thicken as they grow - while fast growth can produce soft knuckles & weak joints ...

A slower growth rate also helps avoid problems with "growing pains".

Cheers Smile


(This post was edited by surchinmy on Oct 8, 2003, 6:07 AM)


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