Hi, Our vet told us to switch our dog from puppy food to adult food when he reaches 75 pounds. The vet was very insistent that switching to adult food at 75 pounds was important because puppy food has more fat and a higher caloric content than adult food. At 8 months, Roscoe is now almost 75 pounds and he's been on Wellness Super 5 Mix Large Breed Puppy Health Recipe. Our question is this: When Roscoe hits 75 pounds, which could be any week now, should we switch to adult dog food even though Roscoe is still a puppy and is four months short of being a year old? Thanks.
He's plenty old enough to be on adult food.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
It depends entirely on which adult food you plan on feeding. If you're going grain-free, he's still too young for most of those diets (EVO, Wellness CORE, most of the Orijen formulas). If you're feeding a "regular" diet like ProPlan or Wellness Super 5 Adult mixes he's fine to switch
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I switched Java to adult food at 5 months old.
Moka switched to adult food at 9 months old, but that was because she had broken her leg at 4 months old and I wanted the extra nutrition in puppy food while she healed.
Roscoe is plenty old enough to switch to adult food.
Watch your calcium content of whatever food you switch to. As mentioned, most grain-free food is higher in calcium than other "regular" food. I tell my puppy buyers to switch from puppy food at 3-4 months of age.
♣ Laura ♣
You can switch to any of them except for the Shredded blends. I switched Raven to the ProPlan Chicken and Rice, but then the store quit carrying it so I put her on the ProPlan Selects Chicken and Brown Rice. Then I got tired of feeding 3 different foods, especially when I travel, so I put her on the Salmon and Brown Rice, which is what Jake eats and Jake generally goes everywhere with me when I travel. I tried the ProPlan Performance with Raven, but it was too much for her yet, so she's back on the other food. Raven is 9 months old and not yet done growing.
♣ Laura ♣