Puppies are some of the cutest things in the world. They have a lot of energy and need to be fed often so they can grow up to be healthy adults. When should you stop feeding puppy food? It is recommended that most puppies start eating adult dog food when they are about six months old, which means it’s time for you to make the switch!
This article will show you how easy it is to transition your puppy from a diet of puppy food into an adult dog’s diet.
Puppy food is not the same as dog food
The first step in transitioning a pup from his old diet to this new one is picking out an appropriate type of dog food for him or her. You may be used to feeding them through their whole life, but once they turn six months old it’s time for that all-adult fare!
Although there are many types and brands of both adult and puppy foods available on the market, don’t just buy anything – read labels and find something with ingredients your pet will like as well as nutrients he needs.
For instance, some dogs have allergies or sensitivities to certain grains; if yours does then keep reading until you find a good brand that doesn’t contain any potential allergens.
Switch food when your pup’s permanent teeth are coming in
Your dog’s permanent teeth are a good time to switch to adult dog food. Once their adult teeth come in and they’re chewing the food, you’ll want to make sure it’s an all-adult diet.
Permanent dog teeth start to come in when they’re about six months old, but the recommendation is to switch at one year. You don’t have to wait for your dog to stop teething.
Some breeds of dogs chew their food more thoroughly than others – and some have stronger jaws too. This may mean your pup can go longer before needing an all-adult diet because he’s chewing away!
There are many factors in how adults chew their food so there’s no hard rule on when a pup should make that transition over to adult dog food; just be aware of when you start seeing those permanent teeth coming through, then take it from there.
If your puppy has been exclusively eating puppy chow since she was weaned (usually around four weeks), this time frame is usually 12-14 months for her to eat mostly adult dog food.
When you’re just starting out with a new puppy, it’s important to feed them 3 times a day
Puppies can eat three time a day when they’re just starting out. As they get older, you’ll want to start feeding them two times a day until finally when he’s an adult dog, you can feed him one time per day.
Puppies need more food than adults and will eat up to four cups of puppy kibble every single day
The amount of food your pup eats is going to depend on his size—a smaller breed will need less food than a larger one. But in general, puppies tend to eat about four cups of dry puppy kibble each day.
Older puppies can be fed twice a day
When your dog is getting older, you can feed him twice a day. It’s also a good idea to feed him before he goes outside for his walk or when you’re going out, so that he doesn’t get hungry.
Adult dogs can be fed once per day
When your dog become an adult, one feeding per day should do the trick! You’ll need to make sure they have plenty of water and their food is always accessible—don’t forget about kibble mixers like canned food, yogurt or peanut butter if needed.
Make sure that the dry and wet foods are both high quality
Having high quality dog food is important for your dog’s health, and also for his skin. If you’re feeding an adult dog once per day or more often, it is a good idea to mix in some canned food (or other high-quality wet foods) because they can help keep him hydrated as well as provide the extra nutrients that he may be missing when on just dry kibble.
The food is clearly high-quality if they list meat among the top two or three ingredients. Protein content: protein is essential for your pup’s growth and development, so make sure his diet includes enough protein—the typical amount recommended by vets ranges from 18% – 30%. The percentage will depend on your puppy’s size; bigger breeds need more! Quality grains: grain fillers can cause allergic reactions
Consult with an animal nutritionist before switching their diet up
If you’re not sure about changing your puppy’s diet, you can always speak to an animal nutritionist. They can help with a number of things, including recommending the best type of food for your pup and determining if they’re eating enough calories when on just kibble or you want to switch up their diet!