By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog health insurance agency.
As your puppy transitions to adulthood, their nutritional needs change as well. Here are five tips to ensure your adult dog stays healthy by getting the proper nutrition.
1. Choose a High Quality Food
There are so many options when choosing a food to feed your adult canine companion. You can feed your adult dog either canned or dry food, but dry food tends to be better for their teeth. The most expensive food isn’t always the best food, but extremely inexpensive food isn’t typically high quality. If you are unsure which food is the best to feed your dog, consult with your veterinarian. They will discuss canine nutrition with you, and they can suggest a few options that are scientifically backed to provide excellent nutrition. Is your dog a small breed? Does he or she hunt or perform agility? Is your dog mostly a couch potato? Your veterinarian can help you select the best nutrition based on your dog’s individual needs.
2. Avoid People Food
When it comes to people food, it’s typically best to avoid it in dogs. Most meats and dairy products are high in fat and can cause pancreatitis and diarrhea. Processed foods may cause upset stomach as well. Grapes and raisins are very toxic to dogs and should never be fed to your canine companion. There are a few exceptions such as green beans, carrots and apples that are safe and healthy to feed dogs as treats.
3. Portion Control