When to switch to adult dog food

Most veterinarians recommend switching to adult food when puppies are about one year old for small breeds, and two years for large breeds. PURINA® PRO PLAN® Puppy is specially formulated to provide all the necessary nutrients puppies need to support their growth during this crucial stage of life. However, as your puppy reaches maturity, it's important to transition them to the PURINA® PRO PLAN® Adult range, which is designed to sustain your dog throughout its adult life. 

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

Puppy food contains higher levels of specific nutrients that are essential for supporting the growth of bones, organs, muscles, and joints in your puppy. These nutrients, such as calcium and phosphorus, are crucial for proper development during the puppy stage. 

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

As your puppy becomes an adult, their nutritional needs change. The additional nutrients required for growth are no longer necessary, and a new set of nutrients is needed to maintain their overall health and well-being. Adult dog food is formulated to provide the right balance of nutrients to support their energy levels, immune system, and overall body condition. 

How do I make the switch? 

When transitioning to adult dog food, like PURINA PRO PLAN, it's important to allow 7-10 days for the change. Gradually increase the amount of adult dog food and decrease the amount of puppy food in your pup's bowl each day until the transition is complete. This gradual process helps prevent dietary upsets and allows your dog's digestive system to adjust to the new food. It's important to note that individual needs can vary, so monitor your dog's response to the transition and consult with your veterinarian if any severe upsets persist beyond a day or two. 

How often should I feed my puppy as they grow into an adult dog? 

In general, it is recommended to feed your puppy twice a day. However, every dog is unique, and their feeding schedule may vary based on factors such as age, breed, size, and activity level. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate feeding schedule for your specific puppy. 

How much food is the right amount? 

Consult the feeding guidelines on the packaging of the adult dog food, such as PURINA PRO PLAN, to determine the appropriate amount of food for your older puppy. The quantity of food needed depends on factors such as their exercise level, age, weight, and overall body condition. It's important to monitor your puppy's body condition regularly to ensure you're providing the correct amount of food. Adjustments may be needed based on their growth and activity levels. 

Remember, proper nutrition is essential for your puppy's overall health and well-being. By transitioning them to an appropriate adult dog food at the right time and monitoring their feeding habits, you can help ensure they continue to thrive throughout their life. If you have any concerns or questions about your puppy's diet or feeding routine, don't hesitate to consult with your veterinarian for personalised guidance and support. 

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