So, you’ve decided to add a four-legged family member to your home. First things first- once you name your newly beloved canine companion, it’s time to feed its hungry belly. There are various foods on the market that cater to all stages of life.
There are almost too many to choose from! Be sure to read the labels and guidelines to be knowledgable of what you are feeding your pet.
If you’ve adopted a young dog, meaning eight months or younger, the puppy-staged foods are right for you. Puppy diets contain higher percentages of calcium and extra nutrients to help build muscle and bone. Puppies’ metabolisms are also much higher at this stage and should be fed two to four times a day. You can read the food guideline on the bag to get an idea of how much food is recommended for your pet on a daily basis.
It is acceptable by most standards to begin feeding adult food once your pet has reached the eight-month mark. Some veterinarians recommend staying on puppy food a bit longer to promote further growth, especially if the dog is a large breed. Large breed dogs can typically continue to grow even after they’ve reached one year of age. The adult forms of food are well balanced diets and can be fed once or twice daily.
If you have graciously decided to adopt an older canine and your pet has reached its sixth to seventh year, the senior diets are recommended. Senior foods can contain more fiber to aid in digestive issues and have a lower protein percentage to help take the strain off of the kidneys. Some of the senior diets also contain glucosamine to ease arthritic joints.
Regardless of the age of your wonderful mutt, tender loving care is always good for dessert!