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We just got an 8 week old lab. The breeder suggested Pinnacle (all stage) food as this is what she has always used. If we follow the directions on the bag of dog food it seems like we are over feeding him.

Pros and cons on puppy vs all stage dog food?? And suggestions on type??
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Honestly, so long as the phos/calcium ratio is correct for growth, 1.2:1, the ALS food is fine to feed. You do want to make sure the calcium and phosphorus fall within this ratio as food above this (say 2:1.5) may cause issues with bone growth and development.

I will also add puppy food is just calorically dense/higher fat food, therefore you would feed double that of an ALS to a puppy, but this doesn't mean you are over feeding. Add to that, the feeding guidelines are just guidelines. Some dogs will need more, some less.

If your breeder is worth 2 cents, they would've put in a lot of time and research into the correct food that works best for their lines, so feeding what the breeder feeds is a sound decision.

I personally have fed Orijen 6 fish, an ALS food, to my lab mix and will be doing the same if I bring home a new retriever puppy this year.
 
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