Have you ever stood in front of the pet food shelf and wondered why there are so many different types of food? And we’re not referring to the number of brands. Here is a short explanation of what you can find.
December 04, 2018
Think about it for a moment – all the dog breeds vary in size, from super-small to giant dogs (from Chihuahuas to Great Danes) and everything in between. Small dogs obviously have smaller mouths and teeth than giant breeds. That’s why there is different size kibble available for them.
You’ll find small kibble for small dogs, so that they are able to properly chew it, while giant breeds have bigger kibble. This is so that they don’t just swallow the food whole and then later struggle with indigestion. The same applies to wet food.
So, once you’ve determined the size of food that you need to feed your pet, you also have to consider his age. In a nutshell, puppy food and kitten food contain higher levels of protein to assist them in their growing phase.
Adult cat and dog requirements are different to puppies and kittens. But something else that you need to consider is the breed and the activity level of your pet. High-energy pets require food that will keep up with their nutritional needs, compared to couch potatoes, who hardly move during the day.
The last phase that you have to consider is the senior phase. Senior animals are less active and their metabolic rate slows down, making them prone to obesity, which can be detrimental to their health.
Food for senior dogs is formulated with this in mind and is generally a low-calorie meal with a high fibre content to assist with gastrointestinal health.
Remember to always buy the best quality food that you can afford, and always have bowls of fresh water available in various spots around the house.
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