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When our beagle, Honey, transitioned from puppy food to adult food, we had a hard time figuring out what food would be best for her. There are so many choices out there! There is food for small, medium, or large dogs; thin or fat dogs; active or couch potato dogs; allergy-prone dogs; and even dogs with digestive issues. Finding the right dog food for your furbaby can be tough!
How we chose the right dog food for our beagle
The most important thing to consider when choosing dog food is the nutritional needs of your dog. Does your dog have loose stools? Has your vet told you your dog needs extra protein or fiber? These nutritional needs can help narrow down your choices considerably.
For our beagle: She has always had loose stools. Our vet let us know she may need more fiber.
Determine the size of your dog. Do you have a very small, small, medium, large or giant dog? This is usually determined by breed or weight. According to Purina® Pro Plan®,
- Toy-size dog is up to 10 pounds
- Small-size dog is up to 20 pounds
- Medium-size dog is 21-50 pounds
- Large-size dog is 50+ pounds
- Giant-size dog is 100+ pounds
For our beagle: She is a medium-sized dog.
Consider the age of your dog. Younger dogs have different nutritional needs than older dogs. This can help you narrow down your food options.
For our beagle: She was 1 year old when we decided to switch to adult food.
Determine if you dog is the correct weight. Your vet should be able to tell you if your dog needs to lose a few (or more) pounds. If this is the case, you will want to choose a food made specifically for overweight dogs. If your dog is underweight, you will want to choose a dog food that will help your dog reach its optimal weight.
For our beagle: Honey is probably the only beagle out there that is not overweight.
Determine the energy level of your dog. Is your dog really active, or does she like to sit on the couch and sleep? Choosing a dog food with high protein and fat levels is appropriate for an active dog, but would not be appropriate for a “dog of leisure.”
For our beagle: She was quite active at the time we switched to adult food.
Choose the right dog food by looking at labels and keeping the steps above in mind. We knew we needed a dog food for a dog that
- needed more fiber
- is a medium-sized dog
- is 1-year old
- is at her ideal weight
- and is very active
The easiest way to choose the right dog food
The steps above can help you choose the right dog food, but even after you know what you need to look for, you still need to spend time (sometimes hours) in the pet store reading labels to find the right food. Or, you could take the information above and spend a couple minutes on the Purina® Pro Plan® website. They know that helping your dog live life to the fullest starts with the right dog food. With this in mind, they have created a simple quiz to help you find the right food.
I took the quiz and came up with the Purina® Pro Plan® Focus Adult dog food as the best option for Honey. We took Honey to PetSmart to find her new food. They always have the best selection of items for dogs! We found that there was a whole aisle dedicated to Purina® Pro Plan®.
Make sure you visit the Purina® Pro Plan® MyPLAN website to get your dog’s MyPLAN recommendation and a rebate offer for a free bag of Purina® Pro Plan® Dry Dog Food (4-6lbs, up to $18.99.)*
As you can see, Honey loves her new Purina® Pro Plan® dog food.
Did you try the Purina® Pro Plan® MyPLAN website? What food was recommended?
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