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Old 07-27-2006, 02:31 PM
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Andy is growing really quickly, but I'm afraid that he's starting to get a little bit too pudgy. He weighs 17 lbs. which is close to the sheltie standard. He's almost 6 months old. Right now he's on RC puppy. Should I go ahead and switch to him to adult formula? He's not really eating that much so I don't want to feed him less, but could changing to an adult formula keep him from getting any fatter?
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Old 07-27-2006, 03:25 PM
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You can switch to a good quality adult food (designated "all lifestages") at any time, but how it influences your dog's weight depends on the caloric content of the food, its specific formulation and how your dog utilizes it.

Another factor are genetics - the breed standard may say one thing, but your individual dog's genetic makeup will determine adult size and this influences weight. Feeding less will slow down the growth process.

You'll have to calculate the amount of calories you feed now to what you want to switch to and keep an eye on your dog's body condition.
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Old 07-27-2006, 04:03 PM
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Hmmm...that's what I was afraid of. His daddy was a larger sheltie (21 lbs.) but Andy just looks heavy to me. I'll try and get some pics later to see what you think.
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