Tell me about it. We regularly feed ProPlan and our Pointers do extremely well on it. We feed the puppy formula till age 6 months then switch to the adult. With the Pointers and large litters, I can’t say enough good about it. An important factor to me, is larger birth weights. For Pointers, average is 10-14 oz. In a litter of 12, our smallest has been one puppy at 14 oz. In a litter of this size, larger birth weights means stronger puppies which means fewer problems and still births. We have not lost a puppy yet. Feeding the puppy formula to the dam has kept her in great shape throughout pregnancy and nursing. Dams don’t normally gain weight when nursing 12 puppies, but ours do. However, with my other breeds, it’s different. The puppy formula is too rich for my MinPins, so they are given Puppy Chow until around 5 months old, then I put them on ProPlan adult. My German Shepherd….man, did we have problems, although I feel with this dog that the ProPlan had little to do with it.
It was just in this dog genetically to grow the way he did as I’ve had Shepherds on ProPlan before with no problems whatsoever. I fed him the puppy formula until he was 4 months before switching him to the adult. Calcium supplements were given only during the time that his ears were trying to stand and he was cutting teeth at the same time. He was large, but I knew he was going to be large as an adult. Well, he kept getting bigger and bigger. I kept saying, any day now he’s going to start going through the “ganglies”. You know, where they get thin, clumsy, etc. It didn’t happen. This dog kept growing, totally in proportion from the day I got him. At 8 months, he weighed 80lbs.
At 11 months, he hit 90lbs and then started slowing down to his adult weight of 95lbs at 13 months. The only thing he lacked was breadth of chest which he is now getting at the age of 23 months. This fast growth definitely caused problems. Between 8 and 13 months old, he suffered a fracture in the growth plates just below his right shoulder and at the same time a pulled ligament of his left hip. Four weeks of crate rest due to attempting to keep up with one of my Pointers. He couldn’t spin on a dime and throw back 9 cents change.
Overextended the shoulder when he tried to spin around then slammed his hip into a fence post when he finally whipped around. X-rays at this time showed the pulled ligament but also showed good hips. Then a couple of months later, again trying to herd the Pointer, he pulled the cruciate ligament in his right knee. Three weeks of crate rest. Needless to say, we kept a closer eye on his activities after the vet told us similar problems would be likely until he reached 2 years old next month. The vet also felt that the food had nothing to do with his problems…he was just going to grow this way no matter what I fed him.