Your dog is no longer a puppy (even though they are probably every bit as cute and energetic as they were when you first got them). With that growth comes a lot of changes. They need a new bed to sleep in, new toys and other accessories. Most importantly however, is your dog needs to transition from puppy food to adult dog food.
Like all transitions, shifting from the puppy food your dog grew up with to adult food can have its challenges. But there is no need to panic because with some tips and patience, you and your dog will get through it in no time.
When do I Transition my Dog from Puppy Food to Adult Dog Food?
While there is no single answer to this question, but there a number of factors that can be taken into consideration that will give you the best indicator, including the dog’s age, breed and size.
For small and medium sized dogs, you would typically consider the switch to adult dog food at around 12 months, when the dog is considered, you guess it, an adult. For larger or giant breeds, they take a little longer to become an adult, usually between 18 and 24 months.
So make sure to mark your dog’s birthday on the calendar (most breeders and shelters will be able to give you a close approximate date, if not the exact date your dog was born), and consider throwing them a party, too. Dogs love parties!
How do I Make the Transition?
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a single, simple answer to that question? Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. When it comes to your dog’s diet, like many things, the “how to” can be complex, but far from impossible. The main component when transitioning your dog from puppy food to adult food is patience. If you abruptly switch the food, you could end up upsetting your dog’s stomach, which can lead to nausea and diarrhea, which neither you, nor your dog wants.
According to the American Kennel Club, it is recommended to make the transition over a 5-7 day period, while mixing the old food with the new.
- Day 1- 25% new diet, 75% old diet.
- Day 3- 50% new diet, 50% old diet.
- Day 5- 75% new diet, 25% old diet.
- Day 7- 100 % diet.
These are just recommendations, but they can help give you a general guideline as to how to help your dog transition from puppy food to adult food. Things that must be considered include a sensitive stomach (your dog’s, not yours), any gastrointestinal diseases or food allergies. Any of those factors could extend the transition period. And, if you find things are not going smoothly, or your dog is getting sick, you can always consult your veterinarian.
When it comes to which adult dog food you choose, needless to say there are a number of options available. We recommend WellyChef Homemade Dog Food Done Right Base Mix. You may have to try different brands before your dog lets you know which one they, and their stomachs, like best. Rest assured that one thing you can trust is your dog will definitely let you know which food hit the jackpot!
Unfortunately, just because your dog has finally transitioned to adult dog food, that doesn’t mean they still won’t want to chew on your sock, shoe or that favourite t-shirt you’ve had since high school. Some puppy habits are just too hard to break!
How did you transition your growing pup to adult dog food? Let us know in the comments below!