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If you’re asking the question: “how long should a puppy eat puppy food?” – you’re not alone. It sounds like a simple question, but it’s actually quite complicated so the guys at Scrumbles have pulled together a guide for you. Keep reading to find out exactly how long a puppy should eat puppy food.
Whether you’re a first-time puppy pawrent, rehoming a dog or adding to an already large family, understanding the individual needs of your new best friend is vital for their growth into a happy, healthy adult.
We understand that bringing home your new bundle of joy is an exciting yet daunting time for many dog owners. What should I be feeding them? How often should they eat? When do you move onto adult dog food? Which puppy food is best? We’ve all been there. Anyone who has been a first-time pet pawrent will understand the feeling of uncertainty and panic when bringing your pooch home for the first time.
Big vs. small
So how Long Should A Puppy Eat Puppy Food?
Just like us humans, our furry friends come in all shapes and sizes. And each pooch has different nutritional needs depending on their size, breed and age.
Large breed puppies have a lot more growing to do than their smaller counterparts and need a careful balance of nutrients to avoid problems in later life like hip dysplasia. Generally, adult dogs weighing less than 20 pounds are considered small or medium breed dogs and tend to grow quicker, reading adulthood at around 9-12 months. Large breed puppies are those who will weigh over 20 pounds as an adult and can take up to 24 months to reach adulthood.
Timing it right
Even if your pup appears to be fully grown and has shed all the puppy fat, they’re still babies on the inside and need the extra TLC. Don’t be tempted to switch over to adult food before your puppy is ready. The tailored nutrients in puppy food are much needed until they are around one year old (or later for a large breed puppy), helping them to grow into a healthy adult.
As you approach their first birthday (or second for large breed puppies), it’s worth checking in with your vet to make sure they’re ready to move onto adult food. Be sure to gradually introduce the adult food into their diet, adding a little of the adult dog food to and reducing the puppy food accordingly with each meal. It’s important not to quit puppy food cold turkey as this could upset their sensitive stomachs – we recommend always transitioning slowly over a period of 7 to 10 days.
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