Every puppy needs to make the switch from puppy food to adult dog food at some point. That’s because puppy food is formulated especially to support the rapid growth and high energy needs of a pup in his first year. Adult food, on the other hand, is about maintaining your dog’s good health.
How do I know when it’s time?
Exactly when to make the switch depends on your puppy’s size and breed, as well as his particular metabolism. While dog food manufacturers vary in their definition of size and timing recommendations, we at Bil-Jac tend to agree with our friends at VetInfo.com and recommend the following guidelines:
- Smaller breeds (up to 20 pounds) mature more quickly and can be switched at about 9 months to 1 year
- Medium breeds (20-50 pounds) can be switched at around 1 year of age
- Large and giant breeds (50 pounds plus) can transition anywhere from 1-2 years.
Now, we agree that “one to two years” is a wide range of time, so another good way to gauge when your puppy is ready to move on is if she starts leaving some of her puppy food behind in the bowl. Every dog is different, so keep an eye on how much food your dog eats and on his body condition.
Take it easy.
When it’s time to switch your pup to adult food, look for a food that is gently processed and highly digestible. Otherwise he could suffer from an upset stomach and even loose stools or diarrhea.
And remember: If you’ve been feeding your puppy a super premium puppy food like Bil-Jac, it’s important to maintain him with a super premium adult food as well.
Your puppy will become a full-fledged adult before you know it. So get all the puppy kisses and love you can, while you can! And remember to feed your (furry) children well—it can make all the difference in the world in their health as they grow and mature.