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When do dogs stop eating puppy food: The definitive guide to when to change puppy food to dog food

When do dogs stop eating puppy food: The definitive guide to when to change puppy food to dog food

Your new pup, that adorable bundle of fur, is precious and needs extra special care and attention as they grow. In particular, a well-balanced, healthy diet that provides all the vital nutrients they need to transition into a fit and flourishing adult dog. Read about when to change puppy food to dog food below.

You may have found a good quality puppy food that your little one just can’t get enough of, but it’s important to be mindful that as their dietary requirements change, the type of food you feed them will also need to change and there is a limit as to how long to feed puppy food.

A common question asked by new puppy owners, therefore, is when do you switch from puppy food to dog food?

Changing Puppy Food

The calculation of when to change puppy food to dog food is one you’ll want to get just right as feeding puppy food for too long can lead to excessive weight gain and even cause stomach upsets and other digestive issues.

So to help you and your pet transition as smoothly as possible between these feeding phases we’ve put together a short guide featuring common FAQs about switching from puppy food to dog food as well as some useful tips to help with common problems experienced when switching.

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When do dogs stop eating puppy food and when do you switch from puppy food to dog food?

Most puppy food plans, dry and wet, usually contain larger amounts of protein and higher calorific contents to sustain young pups as they go through the early stages of development. However, most vets and pet nutritionists agree that between the ages of 9 to 12 months the nutritional needs of a puppy will change.

The exact age coincides with when the dog reaches adult height and weight but these are different for each breed. A rough guideline of when to change puppy food to dog food is as follows:

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How Many Meals a Day Should I Serve When Switching From Puppy Food to Dog Food?

Growing pups are curious and energetic little creatures with higher energy levels and faster metabolism than older dogs. For this reason, it’s recommended to feed them more frequently, sometimes as often as six times a day.

Again though as your dog grows and gets closer to reaching the recommended height and weight for their particular breed, you should consider cutting back on how many meals they receive per day.

A rough estimate to adhere to is:

The exact amount served each mealtime will depend on the dog food being given. Whether it’s wet or dry dog food, there should be a rough feeding chart on the back of the packet or can.

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What’s the Best Food for Puppies to Switch to?

With an endless list of dog foods on the market it can be difficult deciding which one is best for your fury friend.

Although dogs tend to find wet tinned food to be tastier it usually contains less real meat, higher quantities of fat and more calories.

Dry dog food on the other hand, with its higher proportions of real meat and nutritional values, is generally considered to be healthier and for this reason is the most widely recommended type of dog food.

But the choice doesn’t stop there. Depending on your dog’s specific nutritional needs and health you may want to consider a more specialised diet. For example, food with lower protein content if your pooch has a sensitive stomach or hypoallergenic or grain free dog food if they have allergies.

Tips and Advice When Switching from Puppy Food to Dog Food

Owners switching from puppy food to dog food will come up against many obstacles. Here’s two examples of the most common ones experienced and some ways to get around them.

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Dog Food Switch Has Left My Puppy Regurgitating Food

Although it can be distressing to see, stomach upsets are often a natural part of the switching process. Your puppy’s digestive system is sensitive, they’re still developing and they’ll be trying many foods for the very first time. It’s perfectly reasonable to expect that they may have an adverse reaction to a type of food if it’s particularly rich or heavy.

For the same reason constipation and diarrhoea can also occur after changing puppy food.

Sometimes though sickness can be a sign that you’ve switched between food types too soon. It’s always advised to switch gradually, at first serving the old puppy food with a small amount of the adult dog food mixed in and then increasing the amount of the latter slowly each day.

My Dog Wont Eat Dog Food

Up until now it’s most likely you’re dog has been feeding on the same type of food every mealtime. At first they may have trouble adapting to the new taste or texture, if you’re switching from wet to dry dog food or vice versa, so be patient.

Again a gradual switch that mixes the old and new foods will reduce the likelihood of this problem.

Yet some especially fussy pooches may reject their food at the slightest hint of a change.

Here are some additional tips if your dog still wont eat dog food:

  • If you’re attempting to switch to a dry dog food it may be an idea to add a little wet food to make it more palatable.
  • Strategically change meal times to when your puppy is hungriest. This may be first thing in the morning, late at night or even after a long walk or vigorous playtime.
  • Keep meal times quiet and ensure your puppy has a designated feeding spot. Puppies are extremely excitable and lose their concentration at the smallest distraction so keep them away from other household members, loud noises and toys at dinner times.

Beyond these tips you might want to do some research or try our trial journey to find out which is the best tasting dog food for picky eaters.

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