Adults – What makes the healthiest adult dog food?
By Rudy Leschke —
4 Minute Read
So much of adulthood is about finding balance, and your adult pup’s nutrition is no different. After they’ve crossed the threshold from puppy to adult (18 months of age for most dogs), their nutrition needs transition from growth and development, to maintenance and well-being. While there is some variation in nutrient needs based on the size, breed and activity level of each individual dog, the goals of their nutrition are the same.
3 Primary objectives of an Adult dog food:
- Provide adequate nutrients to maintain bodily functions and provide nutrition for replenishment.
- Provide an easily digestible food to ensure adequate nutrient absorption.
- Provide a great tasting food your dog loves to ensure adequate consumption.
Protein & Fat
With the goal of maintaining healthy muscle mass and energy, adult dog’s recommended protein levels range from a minimum of 22% to a high protein level of 36%. These levels are influenced by the balance of amino acids and the digestibility of the proteins used in each recipe and should be adjusted based on each dog’s energy level.
Fats are a concentrated source of energy in all foods and can range from a minimum of 5.5% to as high as 33% to support maintenance of bodily functions.
- Essential fatty acids:
- 1.1% to 3.5% Linoleic acid – supports healthy skin and coat
- 0.04% to 1.1% Alpha Linolenic acid – supports functions of cell membranes
For adult dogs, the inclusion of optimal amounts of fiber in their diet is important for normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. A balance of fermentable and non-fermentable fiber sources (achieved through ingredient selection) is used to deliver a total fiber content of at least 2% for adult dog foods. Higher levels result in a decline in overall diet digestibility.
- Calcium - essential for bone and tooth development
- Vitamin E - supports immune health
- Amino Acids - amino acids act as the building blocks for proteins and are essential to the proper functioning of the body. While not an essential amino acid, taurine is distributed throughout the body with high concentration in certain tissues, including the heart wall muscles, the retina of the eye and brain. Dogs are normally able to synthesize adequate taurine in their bodies, but some dogs may suffer from taurine deficiency in relation to certain diseases, so adding taurine to their diets is recommended.
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