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I knew it was coming, but I couldn’t but feel a little sad when it happened. Bill turned ONE on September 20th. My big, bad chocolate puppy turned into a man. Though he still has a bit of puppy in his face, he is stronger (…and more strong willed) and faster than ever. While I’m so happy to see him thriving, it sort of gives me puppy fever all over again…minus the crate training 😉
One of the things we talked about with our vet at Bill’s annual exam was when we should ween him off his specialty puppy food. It was obvious after his neuter and as he approached one that he was gobbling down his puppy food at a faster rate and filling out quite rapidly. Our vet explained to us that transitioning food from puppy to adult is important for your dog for two reasons. As dogs age, their caloric needs and nutrition requirements change. She said that, traditionally, puppy food has a lot more calories than adult dog food and can sometimes lead to early onset obesity, joint problems, etc.
If you can’t already tell — I didn’t take this transition lightly! If there are other pet owners out there who are wondering about the transition here are 3 helpful tips I learned along the way.
1. Timing. There are a lot of differing answers on how soon to take your puppy off of puppy food. Heck, Judy still acts like a puppy and she’s almost three, so using a blanket rule for all breeds, sizes, genders, types, etc. just won’t work! Our vet told us a good rule of thumb to gauge when to make the transition is if your dog has reached his or her matured height and typically this is anywhere from 8-15 months of age.
2. Do your research. There are so many types of dog food out there that it’s kind of overwhelming when you start looking at brands, ingredients, ratings, etc. I started by researching any brands that had recently had recalls and automatically removed them from my list. Next, I scoured ingredient lists. Unlike Judy, Bill doesn’t have any major food allergies (PRAISE!), but it’s important to me that I’m not feeding him something where the first ingredient is something I can’t even pronounce (it’s scary what is in dog food!) and that it has high quality standards. Ultimately, I had three contenders, but chose Wellness® Complete Health™Whitefish and Sweet Potato recipe available at PetSmart. It contains no meat by-products, wheat, corn, soy or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
3. Make the switch gradually. Bill ate a specialty puppy food that we purchased at our vet, so when we began the transition off that and onto Wellness®, I made sure to do it slowly. Bill eats two cups of food at every meal, so we began by replacing 1/2 a cup of puppy food with his new adult food at every meal. We did this for about a week before we turned 1/2 a cup into a full cup. At this point, he was half and half between the two foods, so we stretched this out for two full weeks, which leads us to where we are now. Today is Bill’s first day of 1 1/2 cups Wellness® and 1/2 a cup of puppy food. We will continue with this until all of his puppy food is gone, which I imagine will be another two weeks.
Be sure to visit PetSmart to check out the extensive Wellness lineup in order to pick the right food for your dog.
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