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How and When To Feed Your Adult Dog?

It's important to feed your dog the right amount of food at proper intervals, but this can be tricky -- it's also worth remembering that 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 dog's health that his physical condition be monitored regularly and the feeding amount be adjusted as needed.:

To help keep your adult dog healthy, Hill's recommends following the simple steps in this cycle:

  • 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
  • Repeat

Switching food

If switching your dog to Hill's Science Plan Canine Adult Advanced Fitness, gradually introduce it over a 7-day period. Do this by mixing your dog's former food with increasing proportions of the new food, until only Science Plan is being fed. He will then be able to fully enjoy the taste and benefits of the superior nutrition provided by Science Plan Canine Adult Advanced Fitness. You and your vet Your vet is the best source of information about the health and wellbeing of your dog . Ask your vet to advise regularly on your dog's weight because achieving and maintaining a pet's ideal weight not only reduces certain health risks, but can lead to your dog having a more energetic, longer and healthier life.

Ask your veterinarian which of these three feeding methods is best for your 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. Water Your dog must have an adequate supply of fresh water at all times. Not having water to drink for a sustained length of time can harm your dog's health. Treats & tidbits Although it's tempting to give them table scraps do not provide your dog with the correct balance of nutrients. Try to be sparing with treats, as giving too many can lead to weight gain or nutritional imbalance. The next step At around seven years old your dog will reach the senior stage of life. The nutritional needs of older dogs are different from those of younger adults, so you should change your pet's food. Hill's™ Science Plan Canine Mature Adult Active Longevity provides superior nutrition for dogs aged seven and above. So by feeding your dog with Science Plan Canine Mature Adult Active Longevity you can help keep him younger as he gets older.

For more information on nutritional needs of your mature adult dog click here.

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