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Different Dog Foods For Different Dog Ages


Dogs come in many assorted breeds, shapes, and sizes. They also have different nutritional requirements as they age. Choosing the right type of dog food for your pet will help to keep it healthy and happy as it ages. Here are some guidelines to follow when choosing the proper dog food for your dog's breed and age.

Puppies

Most dogs are considered puppies from birth to age 12 months. However, large breed dogs (such as Newfoundlanders, Great Danes, etc.) are considered puppies up to the age of 18 months. It's important to choose the right puppy food depending on the size of your dog.

"Normal" puppies require puppy food for the first year. This type of dog food contains extra protein and fats to help with muscle and skeletal growth, ensuring optimum nutrition during this fast growth stage. Large breeds, on the other hand, require puppy food specifically made for large breeds. That's because the "large-breed puppy foods" are designed to help reduce hip and joint diseases often associated with fast growth in large dogs. Remember... large breeds should be fed puppy food for 18 months.

Adult Dog Food

Once your dog has reach adult hood (12 months for most dogs, 18 months for large breeds), it's time to switch to Adult Dog Food. Depending on your dogs size and activity level, you'll need to choose the proper food to fit your dog's lifestyle. Adult dog food should contain the proper levels of protein, fat and carbohydrates that your dog will need to maintain a healthy life. However, if you dog is very active and has a lot of high energy, you may want to feed him on of the high-energy, high performance foods. These contain extra calories to supplement the calories your very active dog burns off.

Calorie Reduced Food

Humans aren't the only ones who tend to put on weight. Dogs who are less active and don't get as much exercise as they should will also tend to become "heavy". This can cause stress on your dog's joints and muscles. "Diet" dog foods are strictly regulated by the industry and must contain no more than 1409 calories/pound of food. Don't confuse this with labels that say "reduced calorie" or "reduced fat". This type of labeling is misleading, as the dog food may still contain a lot of fat and calories. Only "lite" foods fall under industry guidelines. Read your labels carefully.

Senior Dog Food

Once your dog reaches the age of 7 he enters his "senior" years. At this time, you should probably switch to the Senior Dog Foods. You will probably notice that your dog is becoming less active, sleeps more and may have more stiffness in his joints. Senior Dog food contains reduced fat, increased fiber levels, and additional Glucosomine, along with reduced salt and phosphorus levels.

Choose Your Dog Food Brand Carefully

No matter what age your dog is, be sure to take the time and research the best types of dog foods on the market. Many cheap commercial dog foods found on grocery store shelves can actually cause more harm than good over the years. To help you make a better, informed choice, be sure to read ingredient labels, compare dog food brands, and do further research on this important topic. Your dog will love you for it.

Rose Smith is the author and owner of Caring For Canines, a web site that provides information on natural dog health care. To learn more about dog nutrition, please visit us at: http://www.caringforcanines.com/canine-nutrition.shtml


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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 5, 2020 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 5, 2020  Summit Daily News

Keeping pets safe during Fourth weekend - KOLN
Keeping pets safe during Fourth weekend  KOLN

Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week - The Florida Times-Union
Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week  The Florida Times-Union

Keeping your pets safe on Fourth of July with help from Wag N Wash - FOX21News.com
Keeping your pets safe on Fourth of July with help from Wag N Wash  FOX21News.com

Pet safety during 4th of July: How to keep your furry friends from running off at the sound of fireworks - 13newsnow.com WVEC
Pet safety during 4th of July: How to keep your furry friends from running off at the sound of fireworks  13newsnow.com WVEC

Veterinary project on a mission to help pets in need - Stockton Record
Veterinary project on a mission to help pets in need  Stockton Record

Keeping pets safe during Fourth of July fireworks - - CBS19 News
Keeping pets safe during Fourth of July fireworks -  CBS19 News

Pets of the week: A couple of quiet guys looking for a home - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the week: A couple of quiet guys looking for a home  Duluth News Tribune

PET TALK: Having a safe, paw-triotic Fourth of July weekend - Paris News
PET TALK: Having a safe, paw-triotic Fourth of July weekend  Paris News

Adopt-a-pets: July 5 | News | carolinacoastonline.com - Carolinacoastonline
Adopt-a-pets: July 5 | News | carolinacoastonline.com  Carolinacoastonline

Toasty summer days and more pets - Wilmington News Journal, OH
Toasty summer days and more pets  Wilmington News Journal, OH

Pet Pals TV: Heat strokes in pets - WISHTV.com
Pet Pals TV: Heat strokes in pets  WISHTV.com

Aggieland Humane Society Pets of the Week: Bella and Midnight - KBTX
Aggieland Humane Society Pets of the Week: Bella and Midnight  KBTX

Hot cars: What you need to know to keep children and pets safe this summer - KTIV
Hot cars: What you need to know to keep children and pets safe this summer  KTIV

High temperatures are felt by your pets as well - WHIZ
High temperatures are felt by your pets as well  WHIZ

Chicago text line can help reunite you with lost pet Fourth of July weekend - WGN TV Chicago
Chicago text line can help reunite you with lost pet Fourth of July weekend  WGN TV Chicago

Celebrate Independence Day With These Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island - Long Island Press
Celebrate Independence Day With These Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island  Long Island Press

Veterinarians offer advice to keep your pets calm during Fourth of July fireworks - KBJR 6
Veterinarians offer advice to keep your pets calm during Fourth of July fireworks  KBJR 6

Young-Williams Animal Center shares tips for keeping pets safe during Fourth of July - WATE 6 On Your Side
Young-Williams Animal Center shares tips for keeping pets safe during Fourth of July  WATE 6 On Your Side

Pets of the Month: Snoopy and Woodstock from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue - WFMZ Allentown
Pets of the Month: Snoopy and Woodstock from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue  WFMZ Allentown

Roxbury Resident Pursues Pet Pink Parakeet - TAPinto.net
Roxbury Resident Pursues Pet Pink Parakeet  TAPinto.net

Fireworks this weekend could be very stressful for your pets - WOAI
Fireworks this weekend could be very stressful for your pets  WOAI

NJ 'Moose's Law' prohibits animal abusers from owning pets - My Central Jersey
NJ 'Moose's Law' prohibits animal abusers from owning pets  My Central Jersey

The sounds of fireworks can be scary for many pets - WIBW
The sounds of fireworks can be scary for many pets  WIBW

Tips to protect kids, pets from heat - nbc25news.com
Tips to protect kids, pets from heat  nbc25news.com

Meet One of Our Adorable, Adoptable Pets - Ursula - Patch.com
Meet One of Our Adorable, Adoptable Pets - Ursula  Patch.com

Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - AZCentral
Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  AZCentral

Tips to Keep Pets Calm During July 4 Fireworks - NBC San Diego
Tips to Keep Pets Calm During July 4 Fireworks  NBC San Diego

Preparing your pet for life after the shelter-in-place - The Union Leader
Preparing your pet for life after the shelter-in-place  The Union Leader

TIPS: Keeping pets safe this Fourth of July - CBS19.tv KYTX
TIPS: Keeping pets safe this Fourth of July  CBS19.tv KYTX

Featured pets — July 4 | Pets And Animals - Frederick News Post
Featured pets — July 4 | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

Keeping pets calm during fireworks - fox2now.com
Keeping pets calm during fireworks  fox2now.com

Galveston County Animal Resource Center's pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center's pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Summer sun poses threats to pets and humans - CIProud.com
Summer sun poses threats to pets and humans  CIProud.com

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Dangers of foxtail barley to pets - KFYR
Dangers of foxtail barley to pets  KFYR

How to keep your pets calm this Fourth of July - KHQ Right Now
How to keep your pets calm this Fourth of July  KHQ Right Now

Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips - Clarksville Now
Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips  Clarksville Now

Veterinarians Talk Pet Safety During 4th of July Weekend - FOX 21 Online
Veterinarians Talk Pet Safety During 4th of July Weekend  FOX 21 Online

Dog bites are up; parents advised to supervise children, gives pets a little 'me time' - Omaha World-Herald
Dog bites are up; parents advised to supervise children, gives pets a little 'me time'  Omaha World-Herald

Boom in fireworks triggering veterans, terrorizing pets - News from southeastern Connecticut - theday.com
Boom in fireworks triggering veterans, terrorizing pets - News from southeastern Connecticut  theday.com

Fourth of July Pet Safety - WCJB
Fourth of July Pet Safety  WCJB

Pet of the Week: Duke - Arizona Daily Sun
Pet of the Week: Duke  Arizona Daily Sun

Animal Shelter Society shares pet of the week - WHIZ
Animal Shelter Society shares pet of the week  WHIZ

34 Pet Products From Amazon That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses - BuzzFeed
34 Pet Products From Amazon That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses  BuzzFeed

Colonial Capital pets of the week - New Bern Sun Journal
Colonial Capital pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

Frightened pets, fires come with illegal fireworks use - News3LV
Frightened pets, fires come with illegal fireworks use  News3LV

Great Lakes Mall hosting Shop With Your Pet - News-Herald.com
Great Lakes Mall hosting Shop With Your Pet  News-Herald.com

Spaying and neutering your pet can lead to healthier happier lives - Victoria Advocate
Spaying and neutering your pet can lead to healthier happier lives  Victoria Advocate

Business Intel: Pet grooming business opens in Roanoke - Roanoke Times
Business Intel: Pet grooming business opens in Roanoke  Roanoke Times

Pets, vets, vaccines and the pandemic: Animal and human health entwined more than ever in COVID times - capitalcurrent.ca
Pets, vets, vaccines and the pandemic: Animal and human health entwined more than ever in COVID times  capitalcurrent.ca

The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19 - The New York Times
The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19  The New York Times

What is the average cost of pet insurance? Depends on your pet - Business Insider - Business Insider
What is the average cost of pet insurance? Depends on your pet - Business Insider  Business Insider

Lightning strike sparks blaze that destroys N.J. home, leaves many pets dead - NJ.com
Lightning strike sparks blaze that destroys N.J. home, leaves many pets dead  NJ.com

Pets of the Week: Jasper and Herbert - Daily Bulldog
Pets of the Week: Jasper and Herbert  Daily Bulldog

These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28 - SILive.com
These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28  SILive.com

FDA cautions pet owners about infecting their pets in new video - CNN
FDA cautions pet owners about infecting their pets in new video  CNN

Pets perish in Otisfield fire that destroys mobile home and camper - The Bethel Citizen
Pets perish in Otisfield fire that destroys mobile home and camper  The Bethel Citizen

Pet of the Week: Puppy, Puppy, Puppies! - KGET 17
Pet of the Week: Puppy, Puppy, Puppies!  KGET 17

Pet caregiver provides tips to keep your animals calm - KLKN
Pet caregiver provides tips to keep your animals calm  KLKN

Special Report: The pros and cons of purchasing pet insurance - WSBT-TV
Special Report: The pros and cons of purchasing pet insurance  WSBT-TV

Paw Prints: Keep pet safe this Fourth of July - Pauls Valley Daily Democrat
Paw Prints: Keep pet safe this Fourth of July  Pauls Valley Daily Democrat

Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear - CNN
Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear  CNN

Class pets become long-term pandemic houseguests while St. Louis schools are out - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Class pets become long-term pandemic houseguests while St. Louis schools are out  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Pet Of The Week: Zuzu - Pleasantville, NY Patch
Pet Of The Week: Zuzu  Pleasantville, NY Patch

Iowa Supreme Court sides with pet allergies over support animal in tenant dispute - KCRG
Iowa Supreme Court sides with pet allergies over support animal in tenant dispute  KCRG

2 puppies stolen from pet store; theft caught on camera - KMBC Kansas City
2 puppies stolen from pet store; theft caught on camera  KMBC Kansas City

2 pets killed in Fort Wayne house fire - WANE
2 pets killed in Fort Wayne house fire  WANE

Pet owners put furry friends on diets after they gained weight in lockdown - Fox News
Pet owners put furry friends on diets after they gained weight in lockdown  Fox News

Dog lovers show off their pets' skills in dog agility competition - Fox11online.com
Dog lovers show off their pets' skills in dog agility competition  Fox11online.com

Dogs, cash stolen in burglary at Daphne pet store - AL.com
Dogs, cash stolen in burglary at Daphne pet store  AL.com

New initiative focuses on keeping pets and owners together - CBS News 8
New initiative focuses on keeping pets and owners together  CBS News 8

Colorado Springs area pet organizations | Lifestyle | gazette.com - Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs area pet organizations | Lifestyle | gazette.com  Colorado Springs Gazette

How Pet Parents "Shop" for Pet-Friendly Accommodations - Quad-Cities Online
How Pet Parents "Shop" for Pet-Friendly Accommodations  Quad-Cities Online

Get a sketch of your pet, help Blue Ridge Humane Society - WLOS
Get a sketch of your pet, help Blue Ridge Humane Society  WLOS

Ways to keep your pet safe this 4th of July - KKCO-TV
Ways to keep your pet safe this 4th of July  KKCO-TV

Pet of the Week | Cluck Noris doesn’t need a home, a home needs Cluck Noris - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Pet of the Week | Cluck Noris doesn’t need a home, a home needs Cluck Noris  Santa Cruz Sentinel

Determine if a sidewalk or street is too hot for your pet in 7 seconds - wpde.com
Determine if a sidewalk or street is too hot for your pet in 7 seconds  wpde.com

Change Is Coming To The Way Pet Products Are Sold - Forbes
Change Is Coming To The Way Pet Products Are Sold  Forbes

Pets and Fireworks - Fox Baltimore
Pets and Fireworks  Fox Baltimore

Pet store worker threatened by customer over face covering - Albuquerque Journal
Pet store worker threatened by customer over face covering  Albuquerque Journal

Pet of the Week: Taffy - County 17
Pet of the Week: Taffy  County 17

New York State Thruway Authority: Grand opening held for expanded pet comfort area at WNY Welcome Center - Niagara Frontier Publications
New York State Thruway Authority: Grand opening held for expanded pet comfort area at WNY Welcome Center  Niagara Frontier Publications

Keeping your pets safe during monsoon season | Critter Corner - AZFamily
Keeping your pets safe during monsoon season | Critter Corner  AZFamily

These tips will help ease your pets as you return to work - WBAL TV Baltimore
These tips will help ease your pets as you return to work  WBAL TV Baltimore

Adopt a Pet: Theia - Ellwood City Ledger
Adopt a Pet: Theia  Ellwood City Ledger

Is Raw or Homemade Food Good for Your Pet? - WebMD
Is Raw or Homemade Food Good for Your Pet?  WebMD

Some families lose priceless mementos, family pets in River Fire - KSBY San Luis Obispo News
Some families lose priceless mementos, family pets in River Fire  KSBY San Luis Obispo News

Pet of The Weekend: Portobello - FOX 7 Austin
Pet of The Weekend: Portobello  FOX 7 Austin

Dr. Frankovich Talks About Pets, Children, Masks, How Personal Interactions Are Worrisome, and More - Redheaded Blackbelt
Dr. Frankovich Talks About Pets, Children, Masks, How Personal Interactions Are Worrisome, and More  Redheaded Blackbelt

Luke Is Basking Ridges Pet Of The Week - Patch.com
Luke Is Basking Ridges Pet Of The Week  Patch.com

Packaged Facts: $55 Billion Pet Products Market Is Proving Recession-Defiant - PRNewswire
Packaged Facts: $55 Billion Pet Products Market Is Proving Recession-Defiant  PRNewswire

Pets of the Week - Clarksville Now
Pets of the Week  Clarksville Now

Shelters struggle to keep up with skyrocketing demand for pet adoptions during COVID-19 - CBC.ca
Shelters struggle to keep up with skyrocketing demand for pet adoptions during COVID-19  CBC.ca

These 25 Adoptable Cincinnati Pets Are Looking For Loving Homes - Cincinnati CityBeat
These 25 Adoptable Cincinnati Pets Are Looking For Loving Homes  Cincinnati CityBeat

Pets with Potential: Tequila - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Tequila  WCAX

Porches, pizza and pets - Winnipeg Free Press
Porches, pizza and pets  Winnipeg Free Press

Firefighters rescue pets from Woodville bungalow fire - SaltWire Network
Firefighters rescue pets from Woodville bungalow fire  SaltWire Network

Want to Get Away With Your Dog? Getaway Makes Pet-Friendly Escapes for City Dog Owners Simple - PEOPLE
Want to Get Away With Your Dog? Getaway Makes Pet-Friendly Escapes for City Dog Owners Simple  PEOPLE

Pets Q&A: “How can I make my pets bond?” - NW Evening Mail
Pets Q&A: “How can I make my pets bond?”  NW Evening Mail

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