Making the Switch From Puppy to Adult Dog Food

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If you have a puppy, you’ve probably been feeding them a diet of special puppy food. But as they grow older, you’ll need to eventually switch them onto adult dog food. This transition is an important step in your pup’s development and knowing the right time to make the switch, and how to make it, ensures that you’re always supplying the nourishment they need.

Why do puppies have different foods than adult dogs

What a dog eats at each stage of life has an effect on their growth, strength, and total well-being, so providing them with the right food for their age can help them thrive. While both puppy food and adult dog food provide essential nutrition for your pet, there are some key differences that you should consider when deciding when to make this transition. Puppies have different nutritional requirements to adult dogs, as they’re in their growth phase, and their bodies require more calories, protein, and fats to support their development. As a result, most puppy foods are designed to have a higher calorie density, as well as higher protein and fat content than {what’s in adult dog food}. Young puppies also need a different {feeding schedule} to adult dogs, as they have smaller stomachs and require small frequent portions to help their digestion.

When you should make the switch

As puppies mature, their nutritional needs change, so they’ll need to be switched onto an adult dog food that is specifically formulated to meet these new needs. By moving them onto adult dog food at the right age, you can ensure your pup is getting the nutrients they require to stay healthy and happy. Generally, puppies should be fed puppy food until they reach the age of 12-18 months, depending on their size. Smaller breeds typically reach maturity earlier than larger breeds, so you’ll need to take this into consideration when deciding when to switch. Also, if your pup is still growing or has an active lifestyle, you may want to consider keeping them on puppy food for a bit longer.

How to best make the switch

You need to be careful when switching your puppy onto adult dog food, as their tummies are sensitive, and a change can cause digestive issues if not done correctly. However, with a bit of planning and patience, you can ensure your pup’s transition is smooth and healthy.

Easing your puppy into the change

To help your pup adjust to their new food, make the transition gradual. Start by mixing the puppy food with the adult dog food, gradually increasing the ratio of adult food to puppy food over the course of a couple of weeks. You can also try adding water to soften the food or warm it up to make it more appealing. A gradual transition to adult dog food will help your pup get used to the new taste and texture and allow their digestive system to adjust to the new food, reducing the risk of stomach upset. It’s possible you may notice their stools are a little softer than usual during this period, this shouldn’t be anything to worry about, as long as it passes within a few days. If you notice they’re passing very watery diarrhoea, there’s blood in their stools or they go off their food, contact your vet. Switching your dog from puppy food to adult dog food can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Knowing the right time to make the switch and how it can keep the transition smooth for your pup. Be sure to consider their age, size and breed, ensure you make any changes slowly to avoid digestive issues, and finally monitor your dog’s stools. Consult your vet if you have any questions or concerns. For more advice on caring for your pup, check out our pet care blog.

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