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.