Did you know that obesity, dental disease and skin and coat conditions are the most common health risks to adult dogs? Most dogs are considered adults from 1 to 7 years of age. Proper nutrition is an important part of keeping your adult dog healthy and happy. Choose the right diet for your adult dog with these tips from PetSmart experts:
What Type of Adult Dog Food is Ideal?
Match the number of calories or energy levels to your dog's physical demands. Highly-active dogs like sporting dogs require foods that are higher in energy and fat. For more sedentary dogs that are not overweight, foods formulated for weight management or maintenance are recommended. If your pet is overweight, work with your veterinarian and consider trying a high-quality light food to help him lose weight.
What Ingredients Should Be in Adult Dog Food?
Premium foods with higher-quality ingredients have more usable nutrients and are more digestible. The better the digestibility, the more nutrients your dog will absorb in his system to help keep him healthy.
To help keep your pet's skin and coat healthy, a premium food with balanced protein, fats, vitamins and minerals is recommended.
Try premium foods that are specially formulated to promote dental health and can help keep your dog's teeth and gums clean.
How Often Should I Feed My Adult Dog?
Meal-restricted methods, like feeding once or twice a day, are recommended for most dogs, versus grazing.
The information used in this report is approved by PetSmart nutritionists and vet experts.
Information from "Small Animal Clinical Nutrition," 5th Edition, Hand, Thatcher, Remillard, Roudebush, Novotny, Copyright 2010 by Mark Morris Institute was used in this report.