When should my puppy have adult dog food?
All breeds are different, so when should you move your dog from puppy food onto an adult diet?
You may have a giant breed that still has a lot of growing to do or a tiny dog that is nearly fully grown at six months! But despite these variations, all puppies are still going through many important developmental changes, so the right balance of nutrients continues to be vital.
The packaging on your puppy’s food will have clear guidance depending on the age and weight of your puppy, and this is an excellent guide to help you decide when the time is right to move on to adult dog food. All brands are different, so always check with the manufacturer's website or helpline if you need further advice.
Monitor your puppy's weight
No matter when you decide to make the shift to adult food, always keep a close eye on your puppy’s condition to ensure they are remaining lean and healthy. Keep up with regular veterinary health checks for weigh-ins, as if your puppy is becoming overweight you will need to take advice to help your puppy lose any excess weight. It is far better and easier to prevent weight gain than to have to address it once it has happened.
Feeding quantities become smaller as your dog begins to grow up, and you might find that your puppy finishes its meals very quickly and still seems hungry. If you find this a problem, it’s a great idea to try putting some of their food in a food-rewarding toy, such as a Kong, or to use one of the slow feeders available. By making them work harder to get the food, not only will they feel more satisfied for longer, but you will also be giving your puppy important mental stimulation!
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