Dog Life Stages - Adult (1- 6 years old)

Adult Dog Tips

House pets vary widely in their activity levels and caloric needs. A dog with a “normal” activity level requires only maintenance calories. Whereas a lap dog may require 10% below maintenance, and an extremely active pet that exercises regularly may require 20 to 40% above maintenance.

Dogs build up plaque and tartar just like humans do. Specially formulated dental chews or chew toys can keep your pet’s teeth healthy and strong.

Not every adult dog needs to be vaccinated against every disease. That’s why it’s important to consult with your vet. Age, medical history, environment, travel habits and lifestyle all play into immunization decisions.

VCA CareClub Adult Paws Wellness Plans

There’s a reason they call dogs "man’s best friend". They are smart, loyal, fun and just about always happy to see you. The Adult Dog CareClub® Wellness Plan brings you the best in dog health care, including diabetes testing, doctor recommended vaccines, and more Keep your dog healthy with regular visits to the vet.

Learn more about this special package, or call us at 708-749-4200 to make an appointment today.

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The Dog Park

When is a dog full-grown? You can find the answer to this and other important questions here. We’ve got tips, tricks, advice and the latest news on dog development.

Basic Care
Regular checkups are a must for a healthy adult dog. Here, you’ll find links to articles on basic care including behavior, grooming, exercise and more.

Did you know that simply eliminating treats may bring your dog’s weight down to a healthy one. Learn how to manage your dog’s nutritional needs here.

Keeping on top of your dog’s health now will go a long way later. Read up on the latest trends and advancements in medical care for dogs.

Training your dog doesn’t have to a chore. Here are some helpful articles that will get you through the training of your adult dog.

Adult Dog to Senior Dog

As your adult dog matures into a senior dog, he may slow down a little bit. And that’s ok. Though your senior dog may need more frequent vet visits, chances are, with proper care, he can enjoy many more happy and healthy years. Learn about the “Senior Dog” Lifestage »