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    Adult dog food

    Prepare them for a long and healthy life with a proper diet

    Your adult dog has finished growing and their nutritional needs are stabilizing, so it’s time to switch to adult dog food for nourishment and to keep them healthy over time. Because you want your canine companion to live a long and healthy life by your side, keep up the good work you started when they were just a puppy.

    In this section, find out why and how to develop an adult dog nutrition plan with advice from your Globalvet team.

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    Give your four-legged family member the fuel they nee

    Whether they spend their time watching the kids play in the yard, fetching the Frisbee, going for long walks in the woods, or watching TV with their head in your lap, your pooch needs energy to truly enjoy their role as top dog in the family.

    And, no surprise, the only way for them to get the energy they so badly need is from veterinary adult dog food. A complete and balanced diet will provide all the nutrients your dog needs to keep their muscles, teeth, and entire body strong and healthy.

    Not to mention their fur! That’s right—good adult dog nutrition will shine through in a soft, silky coat.

    Eating well should be easy and satisfying—for you and your dog! Your vet can recommend an adult dog food regimen that works with your budget, preferences, and habits while meeting the needs of your faithful friend.

    Monitoring your dog’s diet: Benefits and tips

    Keep them happy and healthy with a balanced diet

    At the peak of health, your adult dog’s nutritional needs are relatively easy to meet. That’s good news, but also an invitation to excess, especially if the food you give them isn’t balanced or doesn’t match their lifestyle. It’s important to take time to find the best adult dog food. Read on to find out what factors you should consider when choosing what to feed Fido.

    Tailor their diet to any predispositions

    They say no two humans are alike—well, the same goes for dogs. Your canine companion may be predisposed to certain issues because of their breed, lifestyle, or physical condition. Here are some examples:

    • A working dog who’s “unemployed” and isn’t as physically active as before may be prone to obesity.
    • Schnauzers are more likely to develop bladder stones.
    • A dog with deformed joints is susceptible to osteoarthritis.
    • Smaller breeds are prone to dental issues from a very young age.

    To prevent these complications, make sure your dog’s diet matches the unique characteristics of their lifestyle and breed.

    Once you decide what adult dog food to give your trusty canine companion, you have to determine how much to feed them. The best thing to do is to talk to your veterinary team. Using Globalvet’s exclusive nutrition software, they can offer recommendations on what and how much to feed your dog based on their specific needs.

    Monitor protein intake—but don’t stop there

    Protein is an important element of your adult dog’s nutrition. If the protein content in their food exceeds their amino acid requirements (amino acids are what dogs use to form their own proteins), their body will use the surplus as an energy source.

    If their energy needs are already being met by the carbohydrate and fat content in their food, that surplus could lead to weight gain and even obesity.

    Read our article Pourquoi ne pas seulement se fier à la teneur en protéines(in French only) for more on this topic.

    Listen to the professionals

    There are a lot of theories floating around about canine nutrition, many of which have no basis in reality. For instance, the idea that dogs are wolves, nutritionally speaking, is completely false. Genetic evolution has made it so a dog’s metabolism is now very different from a wolf’s.

    Instead of getting misled by urban legends, an obscure website, or a well-meaning neighbour, which could put your pooch’s nutrition (and health!) at risk, talk to your vet.

    Where do treats fit in?

    Treats are an important part of your relationship with your canine companion. They’re great as an occasional reward or special surprise. But be aware that they can also add extra calories and throw your dog’s nutrition regiment off balance. Treats should never make up more than 10% of everything your four-legged friend eats in a day.

    Help them maintain a healthy weight

    Did you know there’s an easy way to help your dog live better and longer? Keeping your dog at a healthy weight can increase their life expectancy by as much as 15%. For a Labrador, that means an extra 2 years of life! This data comes from a study published in 2002 by JAVMA: Effects of diet restriction on life spanand age-related changes in dogs.

    But we understand it’s not always easy to control your chowhound’s intake, especially when they look healthy on the outside (at first glance!). But be aware that thePet Obesity Survey conducted in 2018 by the U.S. Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that 56% of dogs are overweight or obese.

    Is your pooch carrying some paunch? You may find it cute, but that little bit of extra weight merits attention. Why? Because it’s physical proof that your dog is consuming more calories than they’re burning, which could be harmful to their health and wellbeing over time. They may become predisposed to complications like:

    • Osteoarthritis
    • Skin conditions
    • Cardiorespiratory disease
    • An inefficient immune system
    Rover’s weight isn’t just a matter of portion control

    To properly control, increase, or decrease your canine companion’s weight, you have some food choices to make. But your dog is unique and has unique energy needs. Proper adult dog nutrition depends on factors such as:

    • Temperament
    • Activity level
    • Whether they’ve been altered

    Does your dog need to slim down? That means burning more caloriesthan they consume. But it’s not just a matter of shrinking their serving sizes, because they might not get the essential nutrients they need.

    The best way to make an informed decision is to ask your veterinary team for advice. We can help you choose the best adult dog food for your dog’s unique needs, whether it’s weight maintenance or weight loss. We can also give you guidance on serving sizes and treats.

    Not sure if your dog is overweight? Take a look at this Body Condition Score PDF from WSAVA and read our blog article, 5 bonnes raisons de garder son animal à son poids santé! (in French only).

    Take care of their teeth

    Like most adult dogs, your canine companion can easily develop dental problems that can impact their overall health and lead to other issues.

    Gingivitis

    Caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar, gingivitis is the most common dental disease in dogs. If left untreated, it can get worse and cause:

    • Pain
    • Infection
    • Difficulty chewing

    If not taken seriously, infections of the mouth can also spread to other parts of your dog’s body, affecting the heart, liver, kidneys, or brain.

    Is your dog over 2 years old? They may already be showing signs of gingivitis. In some breeds, like Yorkshire terriers, miniature poodles, Chihuahuas, and miniature schnauzers, it can even start before their first birthday.

    Brush their teeth every day

    Taking care of your dog’s oral health and hygiene from a young age is just as important as everything else. And the best way to do that is through daily brushing. Easier said than done? We hear you. It may seem daunting and a little scary. Ask us for help! We can give you some tips to make the process virtually painless. For more advice, read our article Le brossage de dents, c’est plaisant!(in French only).

    ”Brush” with their food

    Certain kinds of dry kibble are specially designed to promote doggy dental health. They slow the buildup of plaque and tartar through abrasive action or additives. Talk to your veterinary team about incorporating this type of adult dog food into your dog’s dental routine. Let’s have a chat and chew it over together!

    Learn more about canine health and dental problems on our Dental care page.

    Find adult dog food in our shop

    To best meet the needs of different adult dogs, including yours, every Globalvet clinic carries a wide range of veterinary dog food products. You’re sure to find the best adult dog food in one of our clinics or in our online store.

    Need advice on pet food?

    Contact your local clinic or visit our online store.

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