Dog food companies create varieties based on the age and nutritional requirements of dogs. As your furry friend grows and matures, his dietary needs change. Therefore, you should feed him a diet formulated just for him.
Read the manufacture’s label that lists the ingredients. Make sure the label also gives the percentage of each ingredient.
Look for a food with at least 40 percent meat. Meat is the main source of protein for mature dogs and should be listed near the top of the ingredients.
Buy food with approximately 10 percent carbohydrates and 50 percent vegetables. Carbohydrates provide energy, while vegetables provide fiber and necessary nutrients.
Avoid dog food that has preservatives, like Ethoxyquin and BHT, as an ingredient. Look for natural preservatives, like vitamin E.
Do not give your pup table scrap or people food. These foods are generally high in carbohydrates and fat, which causes stomach upset and weight gain.
How often and how much you feed your mature dog is just as important as the type of food. As recommended by the ASPCA website, feed your dog twice a day and base the amount on his activity level.
An Item You Will Need
- Dog food label
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