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Is it necessary to adapt the croquettes according to the age of your dog?

Your dog's diet is a subject that should be of concern to you every day, as it is directly related to his health and well-being. It is essential to keep him in good shape by giving him a daily food adapted to his age, weight, lifestyle, breed and even his state of health. Find out how to adapt your dog's diet to all stages of his life.

Why should you adapt your dog's kibble according to his age?

Dogs function like humans, i.e. their needs and nutritional capacities evolve over the course of their lives. A young puppy needs a more complete diet to grow and develop, an adult dog needs a food adapted to his lifestyle and weight, and an older dog needs to be fed kibble that respects his possible pathologies and the fragility of his teeth. It is therefore essential to choose the right kibble for your dogs according to their age group.

Respecting your pet's age when choosing his food is therefore essential to allow him to grow and age in good health. Indeed, the special feature of dog kibbles is that they are a complete diet, i.e. they contain everything the animal needs on a daily basis. Unlike us humans, who must combine several foods every day and vary them in order to get the right intake, dogs have a single food that covers all their nutritional needs. It is therefore imperative that this food contains the right ingredients at the right time.

Similarly, at each age, dogs do not have the same needs in terms of quantity. So don't pour his kibble blindly into his bowl. Always follow the dosages recommended by the manufacturers and/or the advice of your veterinarian. Indeed, a good diet can have the opposite effect if it is badly distributed!

Finally, kibbles are dry food. Therefore, for the well-being of your pet, remember to leave a bowl of fresh and clean water available at all times so that he can hydrate himself properly.

Which kibbles for a puppy?

The puppy is a young animal that has not completed its growth. In order to grow well, he needs kibble that meets the needs of his body. Indeed, the puppy cannot eat adult dog food or kibble for older dogs.

His food must respect his young age, his growth, but also the risk of malnutrition and obesity, which are particularly frequent at this stage of his life. Small dogs should be fed puppy food until 12 months of age, and until 24 months of age for large dogs.

We advise you to feed your young dog special puppy food. You will find quality products at the right price in stores and specialized stores. From a young age, your dog should be given a balanced diet and quality kibble. If these are more expensive to buy, they are also much better for his health and contain all the nutrients that are essential for his good development. You'll save money by consulting the vet less, since your dog will be in better shape. Therefore, avoid low prices!

How to feed an adult dog?

Adult dog nutrition has more variables. In fact, once it has reached its adult size and completed its growth, the dog's needs evolve. His food must now respect his breed and take into account his physical activity, his weight and possibly his pathologies.
  • Respecting weight is important, because it prevents an overweight dog from becoming obese or, on the contrary, prevents a slimmer animal from losing more weight.
  • Respect for physical activity is also important. Indeed, a dog that exercises daily burns a lot of calories and needs a richer diet. On the contrary, a dog that moves little and tends to be overweight should be given a lighter food.
  • Respect for the breed may seem trivial, but it is essential. Indeed, each breed has its specificities. In particular, small breed dogs are more nervous in general and therefore burn many more calories than large breed dogs, which is why they need adequate nutrition. Conversely, if you feed a large dog Yorkshire kibble, he will gain weight very quickly.
  • Respect for pathologies is also a point to be taken into account, as feeding can help to relieve or prevent weaknesses in certain breeds or disorders developed by certain dogs. Examples include urinary disorders, obesity, digestive disorders, growth disorders, diabetes, etc.

What is the right diet for an older dog?

An older dog has specific needs, such as a puppy. Indeed, his body ages and his metabolism becomes fragile. Not to mention that he has to deal with various disorders, such as a tendency to accumulate fat, hydration disorders, fragile teeth, etc.

Consequently, it is essential to give your senior dog a food adapted to his age. This food is less rich in fat and contains better quality ingredients and different dosages to limit digestive disorders and the development of pathologies.

The croquettes for senior dogs sold in stores and specialized stores are very good, provided that you always opt for quality brands. This way, you will be sure to respect your dog's nutritional needs and better maintain his health.