Choosing the Right Food for Your Adult Dog
The Right Food for Your Adult Dog
Pet owners in the Unite,d States own more than 57 million dogs. And as with other dog owners, your dog is an important part of your household. So take care of him with love, exercise and precisely balanced nutrition - all of which are essential to maintain his health for a long and happy life.
For dogs that get an average amount of exercise through daily playing and walks, choose a dog food that provides the optimum balance of nutrition and energy for an adult dog. Ingredients should help your dog maintain healthy teeth, skin and coat. Smaller breeds may prefer a food with smaller kibble. Learn more about Hill's™ Science Diet™ dog foods.
Dogs with low activity levels or who tend to gain weight easily need a dog food to help guard against obesity. If your dog is at risk for obesity, you should assess his activity level, body condition score and predisposition to fat. To control obesity, adult dogs need a food that is low in fat and calories and high in fiber to help them feel full without reducing their food intake. Reduced levels of sodium are important, as well.
Even if your pet does not show any signs of being overweight, it is important to have regular weight checks at the veterinarian's to make sure his or her ideal weight is maintained. Ask your veterinarian to record your dog's current weight, and take your dog back to the clinic for regular monitoring.
Bad breath, caused by plaque and tartar buildup on your dog's teeth, isn't fun for anyone. If your dog has bad breath, choose a food designed to meet his oral health needs. The right food can help remove plaque and tartar, clean stains on teeth and freshen his breath.
For dogs with sensitive stomachs or itchy, flaky skin, choose a dog food formulated for sensitive digestive systems and to improve skin & coat health.
Ask your veterinarian about a pet food precisely balanced for your dog's specific needs.
Learn more about all the Hill's™ Science Diet™ Adult dog food formulas.