ADULT DOG CARE
The Right Food for Your Adult Dog
Pet owners in the United States own more than 57 million dogs. And as with other dog owners, your dog is an important part of your household. So take care of him with love, exercise and precisely balanced nutrition - all of which are essential to maintain his health for a long and happy life.
For dogs that get an average amount of exercise through daily playing and walks, choose a dog food that provides the optimum balance of nutrition and energy for an adult dog. Ingredients should help your dog maintain healthy teeth, skin and coat. Smaller breeds may prefer a food with smaller kibble.
Dogs with low activity levels or who tend to gain weight easily need a dog food to help guard against obesity. If your dog is at risk for obesity, you should assess his activity level, body condition score and predisposition to fat. To control obesity, adult dogs need a food that is low in fat and calories and high in fiber to help them feel full without reducing their food intake. Reduced levels of sodium are important, as well.
Even if your pet does not show any signs of being overweight, it is important to have regular weight checks at the veterinarian's to make sure his or her ideal weight is maintained. Ask your veterinarian to record your dog's current weight, and take your dog back to the clinic for regular monitoring.
Active dogs, such as working, hunting or sporting dogs, need a dog food that meets their higher energy needs, preserves proper nutrient balance and promotes a healthy skin and coat.
Bad breath, caused by plaque and tartar buildup on your dog's teeth, isn't fun for anyone. If your dog has bad breath, choose a food designed to meet his oral health needs. The right food can help remove plaque and tartar, clean stains on teeth and freshen his breath.
For dogs with sensitive stomachs, choose a food that's easy to digest, but still delivers all the nutrients and energy he needs.
Itchy, flaky skin can be a sign that your dog has sensitive skin. Choose a dog food formulated with ingredients to soothe the itch and keep his coat shiny and healthy.
Ask your veterinarian about a pet food precisely balanced for your dog's specific needs.