As our pet dogs develop from playful puppies to adult dogs and then enter their senior years, feeding them the correct life stage diet provides all sorts of benefits. However, transitioning from one food to another must be done very carefully...
Posted: 04 March 2020
When it comes to food, dogs have never had it so good. Reputable pet food manufacturers are harnessing the power of nutrition science to create high quality dog food that meets the nutritional requirements of canines throughout their life, bringing enormous benefits to their health and wellbeing.
Burgess in-house vet, Dr Suzanne Moyes, says: “At Burgess, we’re continually striving to further our nutritional knowledge and scientific understanding and we work closely with universities and leading animal charities. We know that gearing the diets that we feed to our pets to meet their specific needs and different stages of their development can play a significant role in ensuring they enjoy the best quality of life for the longest time possible.”
As well as top quality ingredients and expertly balanced recipes, today, much more is known about the benefits of feeding ‘life stage’ diets. Dr Moyes continues: “A dog’s nutritional needs varies throughout their life. For example, puppies require a little more protein to support their growing muscles and the right balance of calcium and phosphorus for developing bones and teeth; adult dogs require foods that are naturally rich in protein for good muscle maintenance and essential fatty acids to help nourish their coat and maintain healthy eyes; neutered dogs, or those who are not as mobile, require fewer calories supplied in ‘light’ recipes. Older dogs benefit from added glucosamine for optimal joint mobility and prebiotics to aid the body’s natural defences. At Burgess, we’ve addressed these particular needs in our range of recipes.”
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However, switching diets as your dog reaches particular milestones – from puppy, to adult, to senior dog – is something that has to be done gradually, to avoid upset tummies. You should plan to do this over a couple of weeks. While this may seem like a long time, it’s patience pays off if you want to avoid any problems such as diarrhoea or your dog refusing to eat what you’ve dished out for them. Unless you’ve been advised by your vet, never change food suddenly.
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Source: Pet Food Manufacturers Association
The UK’s leading veterinary charity, PDSA, recommends this step-by-step approach:
Dr Moyes advises: “If these steps are followed, introducing a new food to your dog should be quite straightforward. However, if you’re having any problems, speak to your vet to ensure that the food you’re feeding is right for your dog and that they don’t have any health issues that might be affecting their appetite.”
Check out the full range of Burgess Dog Food – from Original Supadog to Sensitive, Greyhound and Lurcher, Working and our latest Paul O’Grady’s range – there’s something to meet the nutritional needs of every dog.
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Sources: pdsa.org.uk, pfma.org.uk