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Hi I am Dr. Denney. I think you may have accidentally opened a second question about the same topic.
I am a cat and a dog vet
:). I am listed as a feline and canine veterinarian. I practice currently on both./ I am the same veterinarian who answered you on the other question.
Traditionally dogs have been fed through the ages on a grain diet and never had any issues. In the current dog food climate and diet climate around the world are gearing towards everyone being gluten intolerant desiring a grain free diet. It is entirely rare for a dog or cat to have a true grain allergy. Most dogs and cats with food allergies are allergic to the main meat source protein in their food. Grains are actually a wonderful source of nutrients and I am sad that it is common belief that they are bad for you and or our pets.
Veterinarians have for the most part tried to stay out of conversation because people get very hot under the collar discussing this topic. So while there is not anything wrong with a grain free diet it really is not any better than, say, Purina One (which I really like and recommend to my clients) .
Generally as long as the dog food brand you choose has the formulated for puppy stages and has the AAFCO statement on the bad you will be just fine.
Sure, I replied again above can you see it?
Grain free has become very "trendy". However studies have shown that very few dogs actually require a grain free diet. Purina or any other over the counter formulated puppy diet will be just fine. I recommend Purina one puppy food as my over the counter brand and either Hills science diet or Royal Canin as the veterinarian brand. I would take some of the food from the breeder and slowly switch the puppy over to what every you buy. I would also not discuss this diet change with the breeder as this can cause many problems and breeders and can be firm in their beliefs.
About AAFCO Model Pet food Regulations
Remember, the AAFCO Models are not official regulations, but most states have adopted a version of the AAFCO Model Pet food Regulations into their own laws and regulations. So, for practical reasons, the AAFCO Model Pet Food Regulations are the standard. While an individual state may have its own set of rules that vary somewhat from the AAFCO Models, it is highly unlikely that pet food products distributed in multiple states aren’t in compliance with the AAFCO Models.
Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) labeling requirements for animal food apply to all products that cross state lines. Although these federal pet food regulations are rather minimal compared to the AAFCO Models, they also include some details AAFCO does not.
The vast majority of pet foods comply with AAFCO Models and federal regulations.
Good luck and congrats on your new puppy !
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