I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but at almost 2 years old, we’ve FINALLY weaned Jellybean off of puppy food. When we first adopted Bean, he was only 4 months old, so we started feeding him a puppy formula that he did well on. Puppy food is really supposed to be fed only for the dog’s first year, but once that milestone came and went, we just kept feeding Bean the same food . . . whoops! Changing dog food can be tricky, and to be honest, we hadn’t made it a priority to change him to an adult dog formula.
Right around the time I was thinking about making the switch and contemplating the best way to do it, Puppo reached out to me to see if they could send us some food for Bean to try! Puppo is a personalized dog food delivery service, and with their help, Bean is finally eating adult dog food. We loved our experience with Puppo and today I wanted to share a bit about it.
As you can see from the picture above, Puppo is totally personalized and our bag of food even came with a cute picture of Jellybean on it!! I answered a few questions about Bean online to start, including the basics like his age and size and then more specifics like what we’d like to work on: weight loss/gain, fresh breath, digestion, etc. Thankfully, Bean is at a super healthy weight (so we just want to maintain that), but his breath could ALWAYS use some extra help so I definitely checked that box on the quiz :) Puppo is a delivery service, so you sign up for a subscription and then the bags of food just automatically come in the mail whenever you’re running low. More than once in the past I’ve run out of Bean’s puppy food and had to feed him some of Willie’s food for a day or two, so it’s nice to just have the bags show up on our doorstep and never run out.
Based on my answers to the online quiz, Puppo formulated a recipe for Jellybean with a base of lamb and rice. The bag has all the nutritional breakdown and feeding instructions right on it. We drop Jellybean off at daycare (and overnight boarding) every now and then, and it’s really nice to have his name and the feeding instructions right on the food so we can be sure it doesn’t get mixed up when he’s at daycare! The last time I dropped him off with his bag of food, the staff commented how cute (and easy) it was for feeding time when I picked him up.
If Jellybean’s needs change, we can always go in and update his formula online. Overall, we’ve had a great experience with Puppo.
In terms of actually weaning Jellybean off the puppy food he was used to, it was a matter of slowly switching over, by feeding a blend over a series of days. The Puppo starter kit we received included a nice little laminated flashcard explaining the ratio to give, adding about 10% more of the new food each day and 10% less of the old food. Over a few days, your pup is acclimated to the new formula. Switching cold-turkey is hard, and we VERY much wanted to avoid any, ahem, digestive problems from Jellybean. Now that we have him eating adult food, we joke that he’s a “grown dog” and isn’t a baby who needs his moms anymore. But of course, he’ll always be the baby of the family at 12 pounds, haha!
If you are interested in trying Puppo for your dog, they’re running a promotion right now for two weeks’ worth of food for just $9 so you can see if your dog likes it. Click here to get started.
Disclaimer: Puppo generously sent Jellybean three free months of food to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.