The growth and development of a puppy is hard work, and special nutrition is required. Young animals are especially sensitive to the effects of dietary deficiencies, toxins, and poor quality ingredients. You should pay very close attention to what food you are feeding your puppy during your dog’s first year of life. Puppies should eat highly calorie intense food since they require a high amount of energy for growth. They also require a larger amount of vitamins and minerals compared to adult dogs. Thus, a growing puppy should always be fed with nutrition which is designed especially for their needs.
When dogs age, they go through many significant physical changes, and their nutritional requirements change as well. As a dog ages, the way its body uses energy changes, along with the amount of substance it needs to produce energy. This process, known as metabolism, tends to slow down especially in dogs, in a way that the need for fat and calories decreases. Some bigger breeds benefits from added glucosamine and chondroitin in their diet which aid hips and joints to stay healthy and mobile.
Like humans, some dogs are highly sensitive and prone to allergies or food intolerance which can cause different kind of symptoms, such as rash or irritation in ears or eyes. One of the biggest cause of food intolerance is often different sources of carbohydrates, such as wheat or soya. In addition, choosing more rare protein sources such as salmon or venison can be more suitable for sensitive dogs. If you suspect that your dog has allergies or food intolerance, please consult your veterinarian.