ADULT DOG CARE
How Much and How Often to Feed Your Mature Adult Dog
It's important to feed your older dog the right amount of food at proper intervals, but that can be tricky, as feeding requirements vary greatly from one dog to another. Feeding guides on the food can or bag are just a starting point. It's critical to your older dog's health that his physical condition be monitored regularly and the feeding amount be adjusted as needed.
Ask your veterinarian which of these three feeding methods is best for your older dog:
- Free Choice: Food is available to your dog at all times
- Time-Limited Feeding: Food is available to your dog for a limited time
- Meal Feeding: A measured amount of food is available to your dog at specific meal times each day
To help keep your older dog healthy, Hill's recommends following the simple steps:
- Weigh your dog.
- Feed him based on feeding guide and veterinary recommendations.
- Evaluate your dog's physical condition using our body condition scoring system every two to three weeks for the first six months.
- Adjust the amount you feed accordingly.
- We suggest that you or your veterinarian evaluate your older dog's physical condition every few months. For some dogs, your veterinarian may suggest more frequent evaluations.