Bon A-pet-treat! Offering Life-Stage Pet Food

If there’s one thing all of our furry patients have in common, it’s a love of food. While kitties are usually more finicky than dogs are, both Fluffy and Fido need a nourishing diet to stay healthy. One thing that is very important when it comes to selecting your pet’s food is choosing a food that is appropriate for their age. A Portage, MI discusses life-stage pet food in this article.

Starting Out

Kitten and puppy formula foods are crucial to helping your furry pal get started on the right paw in life. Dogs and cats pass through that adorable toddler phase very quickly. That growth spurt will put a lot of strain on your furry friend’s body. Improper nutrition at this stage can lead to problems down the line. Puppies need lots of protein, fat, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, and chloride. Large breeds are especially at risk of bone/joint issues, and will have slightly different needs than smaller pooches. Kittens also need plenty of protein, as well as amino acids and certain vitamins and minerals. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Adult Stage

As your pet nears their adult size, ask your vet about switching to adult-formula food. Changes should be made gradually, as otherwise you may upset your pet’s furry belly. Portion control becomes very important here. Even giving your furry pal just a bit too much food every day can cause them to become obese. Your pet’s lifestyle will also be a factor. Nursing mamas, highly active dogs, and working pups all have different needs than a pampered couch potato. This is important for kitties as well. Cats that go outdoors have different requirements than indoor kitties. Follow your vet’s advice, including tips on serving sizes and suitable snacks.

Maturity/Senior Years

As Fido ages, he won’t be as active as he once was, so he won’t need as many calories. Joint care is very important at this point in your pup’s life. Your vet may advise adding supplements, such as fish oil or glucosamine. Keep in mind that dogs don’t all age at the same pace. Large dogs get old much sooner than small ones. As for Fluffy, your vet may recommend switching her over as early as age seven. Ask for specific advice.

Please contact us, your Portage, MI vet, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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