If you are a dog keeper, you would know some issues that are of concern and need to be addressed! Puppies grow at differing rates, some faster than the other, depending on the breed. Owners thus have concerns over when to or not to change their puppy’s food.
Why are puppies not given dog food?
The reason why puppies are not given the same food as adult dogs is because their protein requirements are different. As puppies, they need more protein as their bodies are growing.
To support this growing, puppies need to be given higher-calorie food than adults because most of these calories are being spent on tissue and bone development.
For most people, the best option would be to consult their vet to decide when to give their puppy adult dog food. So, then the question that arises is when do you have to switch? Let’s
see when this switch is necessary.
When to switch your puppy to dog food?
Usually, for the first few years, your puppy may need extra protein food so puppy formula food can be given until their growth is complete. Yet, for a complete guide, you should consult your veterinarian to assess your puppy’s body condition and accordingly recommend when to switch to dog food, and how much to give so no extra nutrients are given.
The right time to switch is dependent on the breed of your dog. It usually requires a four-day process of introducing the puppy to dog food. Small-breed dogs and large-breed dogs mature at different times, so their time to switch also differs. Here are some guidelines for when to
switch to dog food based on your dog’s breed.
- For dogs of the small breed (when fully grown, 20 pounds or less), at 9-12 months of age can transition to adult formula food.
- Medium dogs, (when fully grown, between 20 to 50 pounds) maturity comes at around 12 to 14 months age.
- For large-breed dogs (when fully grown, more than 50 pounds), may require between 12 to 24 months before they can switch to an adult dog food.
What to do in case of a sensitive stomach?
Some dogs may actually benefit from meals prepared at home even if bland! Simple meals such as cooked chicken and rice may be beneficial for an upset stomach.
So, what is necessary for your dog is that you must know the right time to switch it to adult dog food and best would be to keep a check with your veterinarian.