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Adult Dog Advice – Food

What is the best diet for adult dogs?

Commercial ‘complete’ diets usually contain the right balance of nutrients for your dog to allow them to thrive. Some brands are more consistent with their ingredients than others, the higher priced diets are usually more regulated – the most regulated being ‘fixed formula’ diets.

Many commercial diets have different options for your dog’s ‘life-stage’. Adult diets are usually fed from 6 months to 8 years of age, senior diets are often advised to be fed after 8 years of age. There can also be sub-categories within these, such as neutered, working dogs etc. It is important to feed your dog the right ‘life-stage’ diet because their requirements will vary as they grow.

We recommend Hill’s VetEssentials pet food because of their fixed formula and good range of life-stage options. Plus, their diets contain added clinically-proven benefits such teeth cleaning kibble technology and balanced minerals to maintain good kidney function, healthy bones and joints.

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How much should adult dogs be fed?

The amount you need to feed will vary depending on your dog’s weight, body shape and the type of food you feed. On most complete dog foods there will be a guide based on your dog’s weight on the back of the packet. Your dog’s weight will also correspond to a ‘body condition score’ BCS, which is marked out of 5. An ideal score is 3.0, dogs with scores above 3.0 are considered overweight and should have their diet altered to help them lose fat. Equally, dogs with scores below 3.0 are classed as underweight and should have their diet changed to encourage weight gain (see the chart below).


Take a look at the video below to help you Body Condition Score your dog:

You are welcome to bring your dog in to one of our practices to be weighed and condition scored, plus get some advice on how much to feed. Simply call 01439 771166 to talk to one of our helpful team.

Handy tip: weigh out how much your dog should be fed and place in in a pot or jug. Mark a line on the pot/jug at the top of the food so you know how high to fill it at every feeding time.

How much water will dogs need?

This will depend on the size of your dog and whether you feed a wet or dry diet. Dogs on a dry diet will usually drink more than those on a wet diet. It is important your dog always has easy access to a fresh source of water. Water bowls should be replenished daily and cleaned regularly.

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