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To the Rescue: Can Adult Dogs Eat Puppy Formula?

Can they? Yes. Should they? Probably not. Although not that different ingredient-wise than adult formulas, puppy-specific kibble usually has more fat and protein.

The meat sources are likely listed first (ie, in higher proportion) for a growing body, which obviously makes it more appealing to an adult dog. The high protein and caloric content can make adult dogs overweight super quickly, so there's a reason the packaging says to only feed to the lil ones for a limited time — that meal for an extended period of time is damaging and dangerous to health.

In fact, some breeders of large dogs (especially those prone to weight issues or bloat) recommend not feeding these puppy formulas more than a few months due to the high content of all those things mentioned above. Did you feed your pets puppy food or move straight into adult bits for the babes?

Source: Flickr User estoril

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Renees3 Renees3 7 years
at 11 months, Rocksy is eating adult food now. But my cat tht I had growing up ate kitten food sometimes. She was a skinny cat and my mom would feed her kitten food during the winter to bulk her up. She lived to be 22, so whatever my mom was doing, it worked!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I made this mistake with my first child, Benny. We kept him on puppy food until he was a year and a half old. By the time he was 2 he was 90 lbs (about 30 pounds over weight). It took a lot of dieting and exercise to get him to a healthy 60 pounds. The second child, Maia, we weaned her off puppy food when she was a year.
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