Dogs are carnivores, and when they become adults, their diet usually changes. To help you understand your dog, we will explain what sort of nutritional needs he/she may have.
Adult dog food
All through their lives, dogs will need to benefit from food that covers their carnivorous nutritional needs. When they become adults, it could be possible for some health problems to appear, like being overweight (nearly 40% of dogs) or getting arthritis...
It is estimated that smaller dog breeds officially become adults from anywhere between 11 months to nine years old. Medium-sized breeds usually reach adulthood between one and seven years, and big dogs span 18 months to five years old.
Don't forget that a dog is a carnivore! They need a lot of protein. The intake of animal protein ensures the dog receives the necessary animo acids (also known as the building blocks of proteins) to function at their best.
Adapted foods are recommended for sterilised animals or those that are more likely to become overweight. With a high protein and moderate energy intake, these types of foods will help your dog maintain his/her ideal weight (please speak to your vet to ask what type of food to give your pet).
Fatty acids will also help to keep your pooch's coat beautiful and shiny. Chondroprotectors (natural substances) in the food can help protect the joints, as well as help control the weight of your dog .
Finally, a highly digestible food will have a beneficial effect on the quantity and quality of stools (reduced volume, firm stools and reduced odor).
Does your dog eat adapted foods?