Low protein in great Dane diet true or false?

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    jayne1970
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    Our family are having a great Dane puppy in a few weeks and the breeder said to us about using a low protein food we are not sure why or if it’s true wanted some advice please? Thanks

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    Hound Dog Mom
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    That’s a big false. In general, breeders aren’t the best source of nutritional advice. Many are under the false assumption that high protein foods cause growth issues in large and giant breed puppies. However, studies show there is absolutely no link between high protein foods and developmental orthopedic issues. What has been linked to development orthopedic issues is high levels of calcium, overfeeding, overexercising and – the number one cause – poor breeding (I hope your pup’s parents had their OFA clearances!). I raise my bloodhound pups (another giant breed) on high protein foods with controlled calcium levels. My current pup (now 7 months old) has been on a high protein raw diet (45-55% protein) since a brought her home at 8 weeks and she is having nice slow and controlled growth. There is a topic area here dedicated to large and giant breed puppy nutrition and here you’ll find links to several articles on the matter written by veterinarians and nutritionists and a list of recommended foods.

    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/large-and-giant-breed-puppy-nutrition/

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