Overstappen van Puppyvoeding: Wanneer en Hoe?

Switching puppy food: When and how?

Every puppy owner knows that good nutrition is very important for the health and growth of your puppy. Puppy food is specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs of your puppy. But what happens when your puppy is no longer a puppy? In this blog we discuss the importance of switching from puppy food to adult dog food, including the optimal time and way to make this transition.

Why you should switch from puppy food to adult dog food

Puppy food is rich in calories and nutrients that are essential for the growth and development of young dogs. As puppies get older, their nutritional needs change. Food intended for adult dogs contains a different balance of nutrients that better suits a less active lifestyle than that of the puppy and helps to maintain a healthy weight and condition. Switching also helps prevent diet-related diseases that can arise from overnutrition.

When is the best time to switch from puppy food to adult dog food

The timing of the switch may vary depending on the breed and size of the dog:

  • Small breeds can transition as early as around 9 to 12 months of age.
  • Medium breeds are usually ready to transition around 12 months.
  • Large breeds are best left on puppy food until they are about 12 to 18 months old, due to their longer growth periods.

Step-by-step plan for switching from puppy food to adult dog food

The transition to adult food should be done gradually over a period of 7 to 10 days. Follow these steps to make the transition smooth:

  1. Day 1-3 : Mix 75% puppy food with 25% adult food.
  2. Day 4-6 : Go to a 50/50 ratio.
  3. Day 7-9 : Increase the amount of adult food to 75%.
  4. Day 10 : Switch completely to adult food.

Common mistakes when switching from puppy food to adult dog food

A change in diet can cause digestive problems such as diarrhea and vomiting. A common mistake is switching too quickly without the method described above. This method ensures a gradual transition, allowing your puppy to get used to the new kibble. Make sure you monitor your dog's reaction carefully and contact your vet if you are unsure.

Recommended dog food for adults: what you need to know

Choose high-quality adult dog food that meets nutritional guidelines. Pay attention to ingredients such as:

  • Proteins: for muscle maintenance.
  • Fats: for energy and a healthy coat.
  • Fiber: for good digestion.

Every dog ​​is unique, so it is important to take your dog's unique needs into account. With our test you can calculate the ideal nutritional needs for your dog.

FAQ: Switching from puppy food to adult food

When should I start switching?

Begin the transition when your puppy reaches adult height, which varies by breed. Small breeds are between 9 - 12 months, medium breeds around 12 months and large breeds between 12 and 18 months.

What if my dog ​​doesn't like the new food?

Try different brands and flavors. Some dogs prefer certain textures or ingredients. You can easily do this by ordering a free trial package . With the trial package you can introduce your dog to the three flavors of ProfiPets. Ideal for finding out what your dog likes best.

Summary and next steps for switching to adult dog food

Switching from puppy food to adult dog food is a crucial stage in your dog's development, which can have a major impact on their long-term health. By choosing the right time and making the switch gradually, you can avoid potential health problems and ensure your dog gets all the essential nutrients needed for their adult life.

To remember:

  • Switching at the right time : Depending on the breed and size of your dog, the ideal time to switch varies. Small breeds can be switched from as early as 9 months of age, while large breeds may need to remain on puppy food for up to 18 months.
  • Gradual transition : In order not to disrupt your dog's digestion, it is important to introduce the new food slowly. This helps your dog to adapt to the new composition and prevents digestive problems.
  • Choose quality food : Select a food for adult dogs that meets nutritional standards and is rich in essential nutrients. This supports a healthy lifestyle and optimal physical condition.

Stay attentive to your dog's reactions during the transition. Watch for changes in their appetite, weight, energy level and digestion.

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