With so many dog food brands offering formulas created to feed dogs at different life stages, it’s important for dog owners to know the answer to the question: When can puppies eat adult dog food?
The good news is that expert guidance on when to feed adult dog food is readily available, to help you make the right nutritional choice for your best buddy, at the right time.
According to the nutrition experts at Purina®, the company behind Beneful® dog foods, dogs are generally considered puppies until they are a year old. Large and giant breed dogs with lots of growing to do actually retain puppy status until age 2. During this time, a quality puppy food like Beneful® Healthy Puppy should be in your puppy’s bowl. This delicious formula is made with real chicken, wholesome rice and accents of vitamin-rich veggies. It’s also calcium rich to help support developing teeth and bones. Plus, it provides 100% of the nutrients he needs to help him thrive every day, plus DHA to help support healthy brain and vision development.
So when can puppies eat adult dog food? The answer is simple: when they’re no longer puppies. When your puppy reaches his first birthday, check with your veterinarian to learn when to switch to adult dog food. Then transition your dog slowly, adding a bit more adult dog food and decreasing the amount of puppy food in his bowl each day for 7-10 days. This will help him adjust to his new food without any discomfort.
Once your dog is eating adult dog food, you’ll find that there are many choices available to satisfy both his nutritional needs and desire for a delicious meal. The Beneful® line is a great place to start, with lots of dry and wet food options to delight and nourish your dog.
When your puppy is ready for adult food, try our Originals recipes, with real meat as the #1 ingredient.