Can a puppy eat adult dog food? 

Can a puppy eat adult dog food? 

Puppies diets: there is so much information out there it can be overwhelming. Here's one of the questions we're asked regularly.

Puppyhood: an exciting, hectic, crazy start to your days as a dog owner. Puppies are adorable, there’s no denying that. Seeing them grow and explore when out on your adventures, inquisitively meeting other dogs, and watching them sleep after a day of gallivanting are some of the most memorable times as a pet parent.

While you get to grips with looking after your puppy, it’s always worth remembering that they demand a lot. The first few months are some of the most important stages of a dog’s life. As owners it’s our job to keep an eye on their growth and development and ensure they adjust to their new surroundings.

A good place to start is food. Yes, like us, food is the key ingredient to a proactive, healthy and happy life. There are, however, plenty of questions surrounding food for our pups, like can they eat grain free puppy food? Or when can puppies eat dry food?

Figuring out puppy food

For first-time dog owners, the puppy food conversation can be overwhelming. There’s an extensive range to choose from. You’ll also hear a lot from fellow dog owners sharing what they think is the best healthy puppy food. Among all the noise, bustle and talk, it’s a good idea to remember a few key things puppies need: 

  • Lots of Protein - fosters muscle and bone development 

  • High Calorie Intake - the fuel that keep our pups going during playtime and beyond 

  • Minerals and Vitamins - great for boosting teeth and bone growth

Can a puppy eat adult dog food? 

Can a puppy eat adult dog food?

One question that we hear a lot is whether puppies can eat adult food. In a recent Beco poll, we found out that 79% of you know the difference between puppy and adult dog food. But that doesn’t necessarily mean people know what you can and can’t feed your puppy.

If you’re looking at any old dog food that includes high levels of protein, calories and minerals, then surely it’s okay for puppies, right? This is where you need to be careful. Puppies need a finely-tuned balance, which many adult dog foods don’t necessarily provide.

If you do choose to feed your pup adult dog food, then that’s okay. Adult food won’t necessarily make your puppy seriously ill - it’s dog food after all. They may, however, experience an upset stomach here and there. The only major risk is that you may not be feeding your pup exactly what they need to have the best chance in life.

puppy being fed

Why do puppies and adult dogs need different food?

The simple answer: size and growth. As already mentioned, a puppy is in the growing phase of life - essential early days that play a big part later down the line. They, therefore, need food with nutritious ingredients that support this. That means having higher levels of amino acids, minerals and vitamins.

Another reason is due to body temperature. Puppies lose body heat quicker than adult dogs, which means movement is key. This requires energy - and lots of it. Foods should be high in calories and contain a certain amount of fats. This fuels them to help boost body temperature, and of course, give them all they need for playtime. 

The bottom line

When it comes to puppies, it’s a good idea to feed them food specifically created for puppies. This is a good rule of thumb to follow throughout your time as a dog owner - feed them food that’s suitable for that particular stage of their life. If you have an older dog, look for foods that keep bones and joints strong; for puppies, find food that helps bones, joints and muscles grow. It’s all about your dog and where they’re at. 

It’s easy for first-time dog owners to be overwhelmed by puppyhood - and what you feed them is right at the top of this pile. As long as you feed your puppy food that’s high in calories and protein and packed full of nutrients, minerals and vitamins, you’re onto a winner. These will help foster growth and give your puppy the best start in life. 

Why not check out our delicious puppy food from our puppy pack? With fresh free-range turkey, pumpkin and spinach, it’s full of protein and essential amino acids. It’s also a great way to fulfil your pups taste buds from an early age. Cooked low and slow, it locks in all the nutritious goodness and tasty flavour. Perfect for owners looking for sensitive stomach puppy food