Large breed puppy food – Calcium/phosphorus/vit D3 recommendations?

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    Richard D

    Hi all,

    First post here. Hoping for some advice regarding what I have been feeding my 6 month old large breed puppy (Bernese cross) since we got her at 9 weeks.

    I did a lot of research beforehand and concluded that I was aiming for:

    1.2% or less of calcium
    Calcium to phosphorus ratio of 1:1 to 1.4:1
    Calories 3500/4000 per kg
    Protein of around 30%

    I wanted something with high quality meat ingredients and less carbs.

    We settled on Akela wholeprey, mixing both there chicken and salmon recipes 50/50 (listed below)


    Freshly Prepared Chicken 80%, Sweet Potato 15%, Minerals, Chicken Stock 1%, Potato Fibre 0.7%, Linseed, Lucerne, Lentils, Tapioca, Chickpeas, Dried Egg, Glucosamine (1140 mg/kg), MSM (1140 mg/kg), Chondroitin Sulphate (800 mg/kg), Pre-Biotic FOS, Coconut Oil, Organic Dried Carrot, Organic Dried Pumpkin, Organic Dried Spinach, Aniseed, Fenugreek, Dried Seaweed, Dried Marigold, Dried Apple, Dried Camomile, Dried Dandelion, Dried Pear, Dried Peppermint, Yucca Extract, Dried Bilberry, Burdock Root, Dried Garlic 0.004%, Organic Honey, Dried Rosehips.

    Typical Analysis
    Protein 29.0%, Fat 17.0%, Fibre 3.0%, Ash 10.0%, Moisture 8.0%, Calcium 1.00%, Phosphorus 0.70%, Omega3 0.50%, Omega6 4.50%.


    Nutritional additives (per kg)
    Vitamin a 14423 IU, Vitamin D3 1923 IU, Vitamin E 96 IU, Zinc (Zinc Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 48mg, Iron (Iron II Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 48mg, Manganese (Manganese Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 34mg, Copper (Copper II Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 12mg, Iodine (Calcium Iodate Anhydrous) 0.96 mg, Selenium (Organic Selenium S. Cerevisiae Cncm I-3060) 0.17mg.


    Freshly Prepared Salmon (61%), Dehydrated Salmon (15%), Sweet Potato (12%), Tapioca (6%), Salmon Oil (3%), Salmon Stock (1%), Chickpeas, Coconut Oil, Alfalfa/Lucerne, Linseed, Lentils, Vitamins & Minerals
    Prebiotic FOS (1900 mg/kg), Organic Spinach, Organic Pumpkin, Dried Cranberry, Dried Apple, Green Lipped Mussel, Seaweed, Joint Support [Glucosamine (1000 mg/kg), MSM (1000 mg/kg), Chondroitin Sulphate (700 mg/kg)], Yucca Schidigera Extract, Camomile, Marigold, Aniseed & Fenugreek, Peppermint, Dried Dandelion, Dried Pear, Blueberry, Fennel, Organic Honey <0.0001%, Burdock Root Powder, Rosehips, Garlic Powder <0.0001%.


    Protein: 34.5%
    Oils & Fats: 17%
    Fibre: 1.5%
    Ash: 9.5%
    Calcium: 1.4%
    Phosphorous: 0.9%
    Omega 6: 1.1%
    Omega 3: 4.7%
    Moisture: 8.5%
    NFE: 29%
    Metabolisable Energy: 367Kcal/100g
    Copper: 14.42mg/Kg
    Theoretical values: Sodium (Salt) 0.59%* Potassium 0.57%*, Copper: 20.4 mg/kg*


    Vitamins: Vitamin A (retinyl acetate) 14,400 IU, Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 2,165 IU, Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol acetate) 95 mg; Trace Elements: Ferrous Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 320mg, Manganous Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 224mg. Sulphate Monohydrate 133.5mg, Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate 105mg, Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 58mg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 1.58mg, Sodium Selenite 0.64mg; Technological Additives: Enterococcus faecium cernelle 68 (SF68; NCIMB 10415) 1,000,000,000cfu

    So we switched from Royal canin Maxi puppy that she was weaned onto to the Akela. Her poo, energy, coat and everything has been great.

    We have noticed that when running though, she is hopping slightly on one leg.

    Could anything about the food contribute to something orthopedic?

    When mixed 50/50 the foods give:

    1.2% calcium
    0.8% phosphorus
    Vit D3 around 2000iu per kg
    Protein 32%
    Kcals 3730 per kg

    Any advice greatly appreciated

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