Fulfilling your dog’s dietary requirements is an important part of the dog health care process.

A dog’s nutritional requirements differ depending on their age, so managing their diet is not as straightforward as it initially appears.

This guide will show how you can benefit your dog’s health by the careful management of their nutrition. The cornerstone of successful dog ownership is a good diet.

Adults    

Just like a human, the most essential aspect of your dog’s diet is balance. The cornerstone of this balance is protein. It is recommended their protein content is 20 to 30 per cent, so be sure to include protein rich foods in their diets, such as chicken, salmon and lamb.

Pastas, cereals and rice will give your dog the crucial carbohydrates they need to fuel their energy. Complement this with plenty of fibre for a smooth bowel movement.

You should feed your dog twice a day, at the same time, with similar portion sizes.

Feeding Puppies

Puppies have very similar diets to adults, except their food needs to be higher in energy and easier to digest. You will need to feed a puppy less, more often, because they have smaller stomachs.

There are some foods you cannot give to a puppy that you would be okay giving to a normal dog. Table scraps are an example of this, because they can be particularly hard to digest.

Senior Dogs

The nutritional needs of older dogs differ because they are less active and have slower metabolisms than puppies and adults.

An older dogs diet needs to be easily digestible, as well as low on calories. Giving them vitamins C and E will support their aging joints.

As dogs begin to age, their ability to chew effectively lessens. Large pieces of chewy meat should be avoided in older dogs’ diets, as well as keeping portion sizes down. 

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