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The Importance of a Good Pet Diet

Did you know the best way to keep your dog healthy is to provide him with a good diet? What you feed your dog will determine many factors such as weight, allergies, and even if they will become prone to certain diseases. This is why it’s vital that you feed your dog nutritious food by a quality brand, and not use whatever dog food coupon is featured at your grocery store.

Also, dogs have special food needs according to their weight and age. Puppies require a lot of fat in their diet for energy and growth. Once they approach maturity, you will need to introduce adult food into their diet. Since a sudden change in diet could upset their stomach, we recommend that you ease into the transition, by combining puppy food with adult food for a couple weeks to allow your growing puppy to adjust.

During her adult life, you’ll want to feed your dog according to her size. Small and toy breeds have higher metabolic rates, as well as smaller stomachs. An energy-packed diet works best for this size. Since large and jumbo dogs can develop joint issues, a diet rich in protective food for their joints is best.

Just as puppies require certain kinds of food, so do senior dogs. As a dog ages, his body undergoes a metabolic, immunologic, and compositional change. Senior dogs may begin to have digestive problems, loss of muscle mass, arthritis, and a number of other conditions that can be improved with the right diet. Dogs that weigh less than 50 pounds aren’t considered senior until at least age 7, whereas larger dogs are considered senior at age 6.

And cats are no different. What you feed your cat will determine many factors such as weight, allergies, and it can even help prevent the formation of hairballs. This is why it’s vital that you feed your cat nutritious food by a quality brand, and not use whatever cat food coupon is featured at your grocery store.

Also keep in mind that cats of different ages and sizes have different needs—there’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” philosophy when it comes to feeding your pet. For example, in the early stages of life, kittens need high levels of vitamins as well as higher levels of fat and protein to ensure growth. Once they reach adulthood, you’ll want to switch to food with less fat to avoid weight gain.

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