Food Needs by Life Stage

PUPPY

At this key developmental stage in a dog’s life, your pet needs special nutrient blends that include DHA to support proper vision and brain development.

ADULT DOG

Our foods contain nutrient and energy levels designed to help keep your dog in ideal body condition when fed properly, with a glossy coat and plenty of energy.

Feeding Adult Dogs

With the variety of nutritionally balanced dog foods available, providing a proper diet for an adult dog can be straightforward and simple, with no need for supplements. Treats should account for no more than 10% of his total diet, as higher levels can cause him to become overweight, dilute the nutritional value of his commercial diet, and may make him a finicky eater.

A few other feeding tips to remember:

Never feed your dog chocolate, as it can be toxic.

Avoid any pet food products labelled “Fat Free.” Fat is an essential nutrient, and a certain amount is critical for your dog’s health.

Consistency is key. Feed your dog at the same time and place every day, and avoid changing his diet unless necessary. When transitioning products, do so gradually over a period of 7-10 days, to avoid digestive upsets.

SENIOR DOG

Your senior dog may require a special nutrient formula to maintain lean body mass and help keep his mind bright.

Feeding Older Dogs

Dogs are defined as older or senior when they’ve reached the last quarter of their expected life span, largely determined by their size and breed:

Small to medium breed dogs 7 years and older

Large to giant breed dogs 5 years and older

Some signs of advanced aging include changes in body weight, difficulty moving, loss of hearing and sight, changes in skin and/or hair coat, changes in urinary or bowel habits, or bad breath associated with oral problems.

Aging will affect dogs’ diets in different ways. Studies have shown that healthy older dogs utilize protein in a similar manner to young adult dogs. However, some geriatric pets may need up to 50% more protein than younger ones. Today, commercial diets formulated for adult dogs generally provide adequate protein for seniors, but their less active peers may be prone to weight gain. Monitor them and adjust feeding amount to maintain an ideal body condition.

When do I need to switch my puppy to an adult dog food?

You should continue to feed a puppy formula to large and giant breed dogs (dogs that will weigh more than 50 pounds) up to two years and one full year for all other dogs before switching to an adult pet food.