If you’ve owned a dog since puppyhood, you’re most likely already aware that dog diets can be subject to a lot of change.
Each major stage of a dog’s life has different nutritional requirements and there’s plenty of factors other than age that might warrant a change too! Stubbornly sticking with one diet when it isn’t working isn’t good for our puppers; we should always be open to diet changes when they’re needed.
In this article, I thought I would cover why a dog’s dietary needs will change throughout their life, along with a general guideline as to what they need nutritionally at each stage.
Let’s take a look!
Puppy Feeding Guide
A puppy has one major job; growing up!
Puppies have a big appetite and for a good reason! They need plenty of high-quality nutrients to ensure they develop and grow correctly.
Therefore, puppy diets are formulated with this in mind; to cover the fact that they need more nutrients to properly fuel their growth.
It’s due to this reason that adult diets aren’t a good fit for puppies. Foods meant for mature dogs don’t have the right balance of nutrients to ensure that they will grow and develop healthily.
If you’re a new owner of a puppy and are completely lost on the diet side of things, you can check out this vet-authored piece to advise your steps going forward!
Adult Dog Diet
Once a dog has finished growing up physically (even if they still have a lot of growing to do mentally) they can move onto a mature dog diet.
As they are no longer growing, they no longer need the extra nutrients that a puppy diet offers. Instead, they require a stable and balanced diet that fulfils their unique needs.
If you’re unsure as to what diet to pick for your dog, check out my previous article covering dog nutrition here for some pointers! It can be helpful for whatever age your dog may currently be.
Diets for Older Dogs
Once a dog reaches their senior years, it’s always a good idea to reassess their diet and nutritional needs.
Their activity levels will naturally decrease, meaning they will require less energy from their food each day. Obesity is a big problem in senior dogs due to the fact that owners do not account for this change and continue to feed them the same old diet.
This leads to the dog gaining weight from the excess calories.
Therefore, older dog diets need to be formulated with this in mind! It’s also good to take note of what health problems your senior dog may have accrued during their age. Some health issues, such as gastrointestinal or joint problems, may require their own dietary changes.
If you’re ever in doubt, discuss your dog’s unique situation with a qualified canine nutritionist!
What Dog Diets Have Worked for You?
A dog’s dietary needs do change over time, and often a lot more than many first realise! Therefore, you should always be ready to switch dog diets if the need arises.
But keep in mind that every dog is unique. What might work for other dogs may not necessarily work for yours, so again, we always recommend you contact a canine nutritionist to have a personal look at your dog if you are unsure.
And also keep this in mind; our treats are always delightfully tasty and healthy regardless of your dog’s age! Our treats have always been developed with your dog’s health in mind, without losing any of the deliciousness that makes them loved. Be sure to check them out!
Finally, we want to hear from you. How has your dog’s diet changed over time? How long did it take you to find the diet that clicked perfectly for them?
Let’s discuss it in the comments!
Ryan is a freelance content writer who specialises in pets and animals. He works closely with various pet sites to educate people on everything there is to know about our cute furry companions. When he isn’t writing professionally, he is usually watching cat videos and trying not to adopt every Pomeranian he sees! His portfolio can be found here.