How to Choose the Best Mature Dog Food

Be picky about your dog's food.
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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.

Step 1

Read the manufacture’s label that lists the ingredients. Make sure the label also gives the percentage of each ingredient.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Buy food with approximately 10 percent carbohydrates and 50 percent vegetables. Carbohydrates provide energy, while vegetables provide fiber and necessary nutrients.

Step 4

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