How And When To Switch From Puppy To Adult Dog Food
English Springer Spaniels, Australian Shepherds, and Border Collies mature at 12-15 months and weigh 25-50 pounds. Medium-sized dogs will be ready for adult dog food at 12-14 months, growing between tiny and giant breeds.
Many dog breeds enter middle age by year 5-7, whereas young adults are usually 1-4. Most dogs are healthy throughout this stage, but feeding them well during their young adulthood can reduce their risk of obesity, arthritis, and dental disorders.
Pick the Right Adult Dog Food
The different adult dog food providers vary in quality. The best initial step is to feed Purina, Hill's, Iams, Royal Canin, or Eukanuba, which fulfil AAFCO criteria for complete and balanced nutrition.
Choosing a Brand
Next, determine whether to feed your dog dry, wet, or a combo. Both forms of food have pros and cons, so which one you give your dog depends on its needs.
Dry Food vs. Wet Food
Finally, check the Guaranteed Analysis panel on the bag or can to make sure the formula fulfils a few nutritional standards to choose the best adult dog food diet.
Food for young dogs depends on their occupation and whether they are spayed/neutered. Agility and endurance dogs may need additional calories and fat (10-20%) in their adult dog formulae. They can also eat 5% fibre.
Level of Activity
Rapid diet changes can induce vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs, so introduce the new food gently over five days. Continue feeding your puppy as usual throughout this phase.
Switch Your Puppy to Adult Dog Food
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