What to feed your adult dog

Now that Rover’s reached adulthood you’ll want to make certain that his diet is nutritious enough to keep his body in peak condition and avoid doggy obesity.

24 Jul 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

To keep your dog feeling pawsome he’ll need a balanced diet (just like us!), this means the right amount of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats and oils.

A high quality, premium pet food should supply your adult dog with all its nutritional needs. Look for a pet food that’s aimed at your size and breed of dog. Whether you decide on wet or dry pet food might be determined by your budget and dog’s preference. Just be sure to read the ingredients to make a well-informed choice on which is best.

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To assess whether your dog is getting everything it needs from its food, keep an eye on its body condition:

  • Has its shape or size varied?
  • Does it look a healthy weight?
  • Is it as active as it’s always been?
  • Is its coat glossy?
  • Are its eyes clear?

These are some of the questions you can keep in mind to ensure your dog is healthy and satisfied nutritionally.

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How much to feed your dog

Depending on the size and breed, adult dogs only require 1-2 feeds a day. If unsure, consult your vet. A key indicator that you are overfeeding your dog is if they are not eating all the food you give them—or they’re starting to look like a fatty boom bah! In this case, reduce the amount of food you’re feeding them.

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Dog feeding tips

Room temperature food is much more tasty than fridge temperature food and is easier for your dog to digest.

If your dog prefers moistened food, rather than dry, you may need to also include a dental treat to help keep your dog’s teeth free from plaque.

Don’t feed your dog just before a car journey. Need I say why!

Allow your dog time (30-60 minutes) to digest its food before you take it for a walk or run.

If Rover deserves a reward, go right ahead but remember—not too many. You don’t want Rover turning into a roly-poly. If you’re giving treats, consider reducing the portion size of the next meal.

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What to give your dog as a treat

Dog treats and human treats should not be the same, for example, chocolate—unless it’s specially-formulated dog chocolate—is a big no, no! (Seriously though, who want to share their chocolate anyhow?)

Instead try:

  • Raw, meaty bone
  • Liver bites
  • Fruits like apple (core removed), banana or watermelon
  • Yoghurt (such as natural Greek yoghurt)

 

24 Jul 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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