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And why canine nutritionist and Dogly Advocate Alicia Boemi tackles the question for each stage in your dog's life in this series so you'll know the most nutritious diet for your individual dog at all times to keep your dog healthy.
Your nutrition choices are one key factor you can control for your pet's health - from your dog's teeth to your dog's skin, from maintaining a healthy weight to avoiding joint paint, and more to support your dog's overall good health and fend off serious health problems for as long as possible.
Once your dog has stopped growing and graduated from puppyhood, your focus shifts to feeding the right nutrients in properly balanced amounts to maintain ideal body weight and overall health.
1) Protein - for muscle maintenance and repair
2) Fat - for energy and essential fatty acids
3) Carbohydrates - for fiber and energy
Protein needs, for example, remain relatively consistent throughout a dog's life, but the amount of fat and carbohydrates will vary based on your dog's activity level.
Beyond 50% of dogs are considered overweight or obese dogs, and excess weight contributes to so many serious health problems - diabetes, cancer, heart disease, joint pain, and other health issues, all recorded on the rise in veterinary medicine.
To start learning why and how to individualize dog food for your adult dog, jump into the full guide here. Next up, getting into the details of which nutrients need to be in your dog's well-balanced diet and where to find them, plus a sample recipe...
As your dog ages from the puppy/adolescent stage, the need for high quality food packed with nutrients continues, now in a different balance to match your dog's changing development and energy goals.
You'll find the calculator in the full guide here where you'll see how you can try inputting different nutrients with your dog's profile (with factors like your dog's weight, activity level, etc) to see how a balanced recipe comes together for your dog.
Alicia takes you through how to calculate ME for your dog by using one of her dogs as an example for figuring out metabolic weight, energy level, and then ME to know how much to feed your dog.
No matter what form fresh food takes, whether you cook it or serve raw or pureed, it delivers more nutrients than processed food. If you do serve a balanced dry food/kibble, you can always add fresh foods like eggs, sardines, blueberries, etc. to boost your dog's diet!
Alicia shares recommendations for when you do need supplements: like omega-3 fatty acid fish oil for adult dogs as they age as well as joint support, both lowering inflammation and strengthening joints, and probiotics for keeping your dog’s gut microbiome healthy.
Alicia shares an example of a favorite complete and balanced recipe she formulated for a 35 lb, healthy and active, adult dog. A great way to see how needed nutrients come together in recipes for healthy, balanced diets!
Now that you know how to feed your adult dog to be healthy and stay healthy, check out senior dog feeding guides if you're ready to learn about what's best when it comes to foods for seniors as well.
Or you can always continue expanding your nutritional knowledge for your dog in learning which nutrients your dog could be missing in his/her diet or why protein matters and good high-protein food sources.
Hop over to the Life Stage Feeding Channel if you'd like to ask a question in the Community discussion or start any of the step-by-step guides in Puppy Feeding, Adult Feeding, or Senior Feeding.
DISCLAIMER: The content of this website and community is based on the research, expertise, and views of each respective author. Information here is not intended to replace your one-on-one relationship with your veterinarian, but as a sharing of information and knowledge to help arm dog parents to make more informed choices. We encourage you to make health care decisions based on your research and in partnership with your vet. In cases of distress, medical issues, or emergency, always consult your veterinarian.