How is puppy food different from dog food?

Asked By: Lyla Friesen
Date created: Mon, Apr 19, 2021 4:15 AM
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When your puppy is growing, he needs more nutrients and calories than an adult dog, which is why puppy foods have higher levels of protein and fat to support growth, as well as nutrients like DHA, an omega fatty acid found in mother's milk. Once your puppy reaches adulthood, he doesn't need as many calories.
Answered By: Dino Will
Date created: Tue, Apr 20, 2021 6:18 AM
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One of the major differences that make small breed foods unique is that the kibble is smaller.

Puppy foods are more nutrient-dense and digestible to give growing puppies all the nutrition they need to grow into healthy dogs.

Overfeeding small and mid-sized puppies is difficult to do because their stomachs are small.

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"Most dog sizes and breeds can be fed the same diet, although the amount fed should be tailored to each dog's metabolism and activity to avoid obesity." Your dog uses nutrients in dog food as a source of energy and to help him grow.
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According to Psychology Today, virtually all dogs can understand the barks of other dogs regardless of where they come from.

However, the way people hear a dog's bark wildly differs depending on the language they speak and the culture they've grown up in.

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Switch slowly

The recipe for successful food transitioning is to do it gradually. Mix a small amount of the adult food with your dog's favorite puppy formula and slowly increase the amount over a week, while decreasing the puppy food. By the end of that week you should only be feeding your dog adult food.
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You should switch to an adult dog food when your puppy is anywhere from 18 months to 24 months old. Large or giant breed puppies take a little longer to reach maturity, and many of them are still growing until they turn two years old.
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You should switch to an adult dog food when your puppy is anywhere from 18 months to 24 months old.

Large or giant breed puppies take a little longer to reach maturity, and many of them are still growing until they turn two years old.

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Most vets agree it should be done somewhere between 6 months and 24 months of age, but that's a big window! The long answer is more nuanced, and it has everything to do with your dog as an individual. The baseline is that you want to switch your puppy to adult food when she is at or around her adult height.
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