Did you know that small dog breeds need different amounts of nutrients in their food than larger breeds? Our Clemmons veterinarians weigh in on the best dog food for small adult dogs.
What's the best food for small adult dogs?
During routine exams, we often receive questions from pet owners about which food is best for small dogs.
Both toy and small dogs need more calories per pound than larger breeds to satisfy their faster metabolic rate. They also require more nutrients for their small stomachs and food tailored to their specific needs.
For adult small dogs (generally 12 months of age or older), a high-quality commercial dog food appropriate to the dog’s health status and lifestyle is best. Look for a small kibble size that will be easy for their small jaws to chew.
Here are some ingredients to look for when shopping for dog food:
Dogs need their fill of meat to keep their bodies strong and healthy, and their stomachs full. In the best commercial dog foods on the market today, you’ll find a wide variety of meats, from chicken, lamb, and turkey to beef, and duck, which are essential to a dog’s complete diet.
Fruits and Vegetables
Dogs are omnivores, which means they need a balanced diet of animal and plant sources. From carrots and peas to blueberries and lentils, many of today’s top brands contain fruits and vegetables.
Your pup needs enough protein, vitamins and minerals to keep their health in tip-top shape. Protein-packed fish will provide some variety and round out their diet.
Supplements and Vitamins
Supplements such as glucosamine help your dog maintain healthy joints and bones - important for those long afternoons of running and playing in the backyard. Vitamins C and E promote health and prolong your dog’s life.
Most importantly, it’s imperative that you don’t overfeed your small dog. Because of their small physical size and fast metabolisms, they also need less food than larger breeds. Don’t forget to keep any sensitivities or allergies to corn, wheat, and other ingredients in mind.
Best Dry Dog Food for Small Dogs
These are our top picks for best dry dog food for your small furry friend:
Blue Buffalo Dry Food
With deboned chicken, brown rice, oatmeal, and barley, this kibble will satisfy your smaller dog’s unique energy requirements and help them live an active lifestyle.
Purina Beneful IncrediBites
Choose from beef or chicken varieties of this small kibble that combines crunchy and soft bites. Packed with 23 vitamins and minerals to promote healthy digestion.
Nulo Freestyle Small Breed Dog Food
This grain-free, low-carbohydrate kibble is health conscious, and extra small for small mouths. Eighty-four percent of its protein comes from real meat like salmon, turkey, and lamb.
Wondering what you should feed your small breed or toy breed dog? Contact our Clemmons animal clinic today for advice.
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