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Everything You Need To Know About The Adult Dog Diet

A dog’s needs and nutritional requirements change as they transition from puppyhood to adulthood. Small dogs reach this stage by around 9 months of age while larger breeds can grow until they are a year old or even longer. To support them as adults, you need to understand their requirements and explore the different options available in terms of food. But not to worry, we’ve broken down everything there is to know about adult dog nutrition.

Pick the right kind of food

Many pet parents opt for home-cooked food because they like to monitor the ingredients. However, unless prepared by a veterinary nutritionist, home-cooked meals prove to be deficient in essential nutrients needed by dogs to thrive. On the other hand, packaged dog food is specially formulated with all the right nutrients in the right quantities. Adult dogs benefit from complete and balanced food like Pedigree that can meet their nutritional needs.

Essential nutrients to look for

Adult dogs require a good mix of nutrients for overall health—omega 6 and zinc to support skin and coat health, protein to support strong muscles, fibre for digestion, optimal calcium-phosphorus ratio to support strong teeth and bones and finally, Vitamin E to support immunity.

Match their need

Your dog’s needs vary depending on their size and the phase they are in. For example, small dogs would benefit from the Pedigree Small Dog range, while a larger dog would thrive on Pedigree Pro Large Breed dog food. If your dog is pregnant or lactating, Pedigree Mother & Babydog would do her good. If your dog is active, they’d get all their needs met with Pedigree Pro Active dog food. So pick an option that suits your pooch’s size as well as the phase they are currently in.

Find the right balance

Adult dog food must have adequate nutrients, with the right balance of proteins, fat, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Protein levels must range between 18 -36% while fat concentration can be anywhere between 6 -12%. Both help maintain a pooch’s muscles, energy and other bodily functions. A 2-5% fibre level keeps digestive functions smooth. Keep in mind that this balance varies slightly depending on the dog’s breed, size and energy levels.

Stick to a routine

Set out the dog food at set hours in the day so your pet learns when it is meal time. Ideally, take the food dish away after twenty minutes or so, so your dog knows to finish it in one go. As with most other behaviours, a rigid routine with two meals a day is the best way to keep your dog healthy and well-nourished.

If you have any more queries about dog food nutrition, you can ask our experts or consult your veterinarian. If your pet has firm stools, a lovely, shiny coat, a wet nose, and a healthy amount of daily energy, then the food you have picked is right for them.

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