Puppy food to adult food

Labrador eating from bowl

Most vets recommend switching to adult food when puppies are about 1 year old for small breeds, 2 years for large breeds.

What is the difference between puppy food and adult dog food?

Puppy food has more of certain nutrients that help your puppy’s bones, organs, muscles and joints grow.

Why is it important to switch from puppy food to adult dog food?

Once your puppy reaches adulthood he no longer needs the extra nutrients for growth. He needs a new set of nutrients to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.

How do I make the switch?

When switching to adult dog food you should allow 7-10 days for the transition. Gradually add more adult dog food and less of their puppy food to your pup’s dish each day until the change is complete. This gradual transition will help avoid dietary upsets.

Remember individual needs can vary. Feed your dog to maintain an ideal body condition.

Slight appetite changes and occasional digestive upsets are normal in young dogs. If upsets become severe or last longer than a day or two, contact your vet.

How often should I feed my puppy as he grows into an adult dog?

Generally two times a day, but every dog is different, so consult your vet to figure out the right feeding schedule.

How much food is the right amount?

Use the feeding guidelines on the food packaging to determine how much to feed your older puppy. The amount depends on how much exercise they get, their age and weight. Pay attention to their body condition to check you are feeding them the right amount.

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