I represent Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. and would like to answer your questions about the Science Diet Large Breed Canine Growth. This diet is intended to slow down the growth process of large breed puppies (puppies who are expected to be 55 lbs or larger as adults). Because of their exceptional growth rate, large breed puppies are very susceptible to developing a variety of bone and skeletal problems. This diet is formulated to ensure that the large breed puppy will develop at a normal, healthy rate.
To answer your question about your puppies size, the diet simply slows down the growth process. He will still reach his genetically predetermined weight, it will just take longer for him to get there. There seems to be ageneral dissatisfaction with vets on the nutrition subject. I have supposed for many years that vets get their information generally from the same place all the other so called experts do. From the dog food companies. How many people spoating off about nutrition have advanced degrees in nutrition? Not many. What are the credentials?
Who is paying for real research in dog food and nutrition? The dog food companies, thats who. I have talked with Dr. Dave Bebeak from Purina on several occasions and believe him to know as much about dog food and K9 nutrition as anyone. That soesn’t mean I feed Purina. I just listen. I really believe that no one knows more about automobiles than GM to but I don’t drive their cars. Face the facts. Everyone is trying to make a living. Generally the dog food advice you get from vets will be as good as you get from anyone else. That is to say that it will probaly be to general to have much meaning or it will be slanted toward their products that it should be disregarded.