We know it’s important for you to take care of your best friends and leave them looking healthy and beautiful. Like humans, the health of our pets depends mostly on their diet. If you provide quality food, rich in nutrients, and moderate fats, your friend will live a longer, healthier life.
Sometimes we do not know how to follow a diet for animals properly, and we make mistakes that will harm their health in the future. In our first blog of the series, we want to inform you about how you should feed dogs according to their stages:
Dogs are very energetic and full of vitality; however, if you do not take good care of their diet, it could affect them, not only at a hormonal level or internal, but physical. Like us, dogs must eat a specific diet according to their stage of life. You cannot feed a puppy the same food as an adult, or vice versa. Here we explain how to feed them at every stage of their life:
– Puppy feeding until weaning
Newborn puppies, no matter what, should feed exclusively on breast milk. Breast milk provides them with adequate nutrition and gives them the immune defenses they need. In this stage of their life, they begin to grow, and therefore, their diet should be rich in protein, calcium, and fat, which breast milk gives them.
When the puppy is already between 6 and 8 weeks old, it can start feeding on soft food, in the form of porridge or puppy food moistened with water. Since their teeth are not well-formed, it is difficult for them to bite, and it is dangerous for you to give them solids without being softened. This process is known as “weaning” and occurs when the puppy stops drinking its mother’s milk and begins to eat solid food.
-Feeding puppies after weaning
At this stage, the puppy begins to burn more energy performing physical activities. They run, play, and start to gain volume and muscle mass. You must consult with a specialist veterinarian for advice since, in this stage, the puppies begin to present allergies or sensitivity to certain foods. All those worries can be cleared up with a quick visit to the vet.
Keep in mind that all breeds are unique and that each one behaves differently. Each one requires a well balanced and proportioned diet to match their size and lifestyle.
We recommend feeding your doggy/doggies four times a day, for only up to three months. Between 3 and 6 months, you can feed your puppy three times a day. Once the six months pass and your dog/s reach adulthood, we recommend feeding them two times a day. This diet is to keep them fit and prevent them from reaching obesity. Some breeds are more prone to this physical condition, so check the portions very well.
Note: Small and medium-breed dogs are adults at around one year of age, while large dogs reach adulthood in approximately 18 months.
– Adult dog feeding
At this stage, dogs stop growing and maintain both their mass and volume. This stage is called the maintenance stage. Once your furry friend reaches a certain age, it requires fewer calories per kilogram of food; this stage, your dog is home and does normal activities. If your dog is a hunting dog, works, or does intense sports, you must increase the number of calories they consume since their energy expenditure is higher than average.
– Feeding older dogs
In this stage, things are tranquil, and the energy expenditure is much lower. Your old pals need to readjust their diets to have a lesser amount of protein so that they do not damage their kidneys. Brands indicate this stage as “senior” and often have easily digestible ingredients.
Not all races are considered older or elderly at the same age. This discrepancy usually varies depending on the size of the dog. Here is a guide:
– Small: 12 or more years old
– Medium: 10 or more years Old
– Large: 8-9 years old
– Giant: 7 or more years old
Note: this is a guide; a reference. The stage also depends on how you take care of your doggies and the lifestyle you give them. You must consult a veterinarian when changing their diet.
We hope this blog has helped you to understand a little more about this topic that intrigues many. You should take your puppy to the veterinarian who can advise you better in terms of the brands you should use.
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In an another blog, we will talk about how to feed our kitties!