Feeding the Best Pet Food
Every pet is unique, and so are their dietary requirements. When selecting the best food for your pet, one must consider the age, size, energy levels, and varying health issues which may determine their nutritional needs.
FEEDING PUPPIES (0-1 YEARS)
Puppies have lots of growing to do and depending on the breed will generally need a puppy food with a protein level of between 25 and 30 percent. Puppies can be fed up to four times a day but be careful not to overfeed especially with larger breeds of dogs as this can cause premature growth spurts that may cause growth associated health concerns later.
FEEDING A FULL GROWN DOG (1-6 YEARS)
When your pet is full grown, you can expect to feed your dog twice a day. You may reward your dog with treats, but generally make sure that makes up no more than five percent of your dog’s daily diet. For adult dogs a protein level of around 25 percent is often considered as a maintenance level. However, if your pet has a high level of activity or is a working dog, then you may need to feed a maintenance plus diet. If your pet is overweight, you may consider a lean protein based diet. Talk to your veterinarian about the ideal balanced diet for your dog. Furthermore, just like humans, some dogs can have food allergies, such as an allergy to grains, and you may have to find a suitable dog food that won't cause a reaction in your pet.
FEEDING AN OLDER DOG (7+ YEARS)
Older or senior dogs may be less willing or less able to take the same amount of exercise as before and keeping an eye on the calories that your pet takes in while maintaining its protein for muscle mass is a good idea. Some senior type dog food may have a reduced protein level and may not be right for your pet. Also, according to the ASPCA, some senior dogs may require extra Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) for maintaining your dog’s fur and skin, and food with antioxidants may boost the immune system of your dog. Talk to your veterinarian and also remember that feeding time for all ages will be a much better experience for your pet if your dog actually likes the taste.
FEEDING YOUR CAT
Cats are natural carnivores, which means that they rely on and thrive on a diet that is high in protein, contains a moderate amount of fat, and incorporates a low amount of carbohydrates. Southern States has developed a formula for cat food that is ideal for all life stages with high-quality protein to help support strong muscles and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to help support healthy skin and a shiny coat and taurine to help support a healthy heart. If your cat has any medical conditions, always consult your veterinarian before making changes to their diet.