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    Default Calcium content in Puppy Food - At what % should you be concerned with??

    I have a question on the calcium content in puppy (kibble) dry food. After comparing the top brands below. I noticed that the Go! Fit + Free Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey & Trout Puppy Recipe Dry Dog Food had 2.2% calcium as compare to the other brands that range from 1.2 - 1.5% range. Any concerns with this? I thought I had read somewhere that you should minimize the % of calcium but I could be totally wrong. Thanks for your help!

    Nature's Variety® Instinct® Raw Boost Grain Free Large Breed Puppy Food
    Go! Fit + Free Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey & Trout Puppy Recipe Dry Dog Food
    Orijen Puppy Large Breed Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
    Wellness Core Grain Free Puppy Formula
    Nature's Logic Canine Chicken Meal Feast Dry Dog Food
    Fromm Prairie Gold Large Breed Puppy*Gold*·*Dog*· Dry
    BLUE Freedom®Grain-Free Chicken RecipeFor Large Breed Puppies

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    Default Re: Calcium content in Puppy Food - At what % should you be concerned with??

    Someone can correct me if Im wrong but I believe this is more of a concern among giant breeds. Like Great Danes, Mastiffs etc. Because It's better for them to grow at a slower rate.

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    no concerns…from Canidae "The minimum requirement is 1.0% and the maximum is 2.5% for a dry product basis. Growth formulas average 1.6% with maintenance formulas around 1.4%."


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    Default Re: Calcium content in Puppy Food - At what % should you be concerned with??

    @Michael Colosimo

    Everyone had a different opinion on this.

    I don't think the calcium is that big a deal provided it's within normal ranges. But I do believe that overfeeding leads to skeletal and joint issues with our bulldogs, so I chose to feed a large breed puppy formula (fromms considers adult weight of 50lbs and above large breed). It's just less calories with additional supplements.


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    Default Re: Calcium content in Puppy Food - At what % should you be concerned with??

    Quote Originally Posted by tyree213 View Post
    Someone can correct me if Im wrong but I believe this is more of a concern among giant breeds. Like Great Danes, Mastiffs etc. Because It's better for them to grow at a slower rate.
    Thank you!

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    Thanks for your input!

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