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Switching your puppy to adult food.

Many make the mistake of moving onto an adult food too soon, especially with larger breeds.

The larger the breed, the longer it takes for them to mature physically. They may look fully matured on the outside but it’s their skeletal maturity that is important. Skeletal maturity refers to the measure of growth plate development.

What are growth plates and why is correct nutrition important?

When a puppy is born, each bone has soft ends and as the puppy grows these soft ends extend. These are called growth plates, or epiphyseal plate. As your puppy reaches maturity, these growth plates close and mineralize into bone.

Here at Chudleys, we advise that you follow the guidelines on when to transition on to adult recipes. This will not only aid healthy growth and development but ensure that your dog has all the essential nutrients throughout the period of skeletal maturity.

Adult Weight (kg)

Small (5-10kg)

Medium (10-25kg)

Large (25-45kg)

Very Large (>45kg)

Age to move to adult (months

8 - 10

10 -12

12 -18

18 - 24

Switching to Chudleys Adult recipes

Whether your dog is working all day or is less active, feeding your adult dog good quality nutrition is just as important to ensure they are happy and healthy as it is for puppies.

All of our Chudleys recipes have been specially formulated as highly nutritious dog food, which contains substantial levels of quality protein alongside a patented blend of antioxidants, known as a Quality Life Care (QLC) package. QLC is a protection package with a specific blend of fruits and vegetables which are proven to work in synergy together to produce a more effective response to free radicals (which cause damage to cells), thus supporting your dog’s health and wellbeing.

There are recipes to suit different workloads and dietary needs.

When switching to adult dog food you should allow 7-10 days for the transition. Gradually add more adult dog food and less of their puppy food to your pup’s dish each day until the change is complete. This gradual transition will help avoid dietary upsets.

Remember individual needs can vary. Feed your dog to maintain an ideal body condition.

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