When to switch to adult dog food


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


PURINA® PRO PLAN® Puppy is specially formulated for puppies and has all the nutrients they need to grow during this crucial stage of life. But when your puppy is all grown up, it’s time to move up to PURINA® PRO PLAN® Adult range, which is specifically designed to help sustain your dog throughout its life.


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 like PURINA PRO PLAN , 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 bowl each day until the change is complete. This gradual transition will help avoid dietary upsets. Remember individual needs can vary. Feed to maintain 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 packaging to determine how much to feed your older puppy. The amount depends on how much exercise he gets, his age and his weight. Pay attention to his body condition to check you are feeding him the right amount.


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