Posted 23rd May 2017
As owners, we’re increasingly looking to understand the ingredients in our pets’ foods as we search for a 100% complete and balanced diet which supports dogs, no matter what their age is, to provide them with visible benefits with a lifelong impact.
For dogs to be at their best, it is crucial they are fed a diet which is appropriate to their life stage, breed, lifestyle, sensitivities and health. That’s why, Eukanuba offers an extensive range including its Core Nutrition alongside more tailored options such as Daily Care, Breed Specific or Premium Performance and special Veterinary Diets available through prescription from your local vet. What’s more, Eukanuba has recently launched NaturePlus+ which provides tailored diets to help dogs live a long, healthy and happy life.
Promoting healthy development
The most rapid growth occurs in the first month of a puppy’s life. During this period, the energy requirements can be up to three times that of an adult dog per kg of body weight. As such it is crucial to provide them with the nutrition that supports their dietary needs. Within the first 24 hours of birth, a puppy gets protective antibodies from its mother’s milk. The special milk called colostrum will provide protection for the first 4-8 weeks but after this period the immune system is still relatively undeveloped. This means that owners need to feed their new puppy with a diet that defends their body by containing a blend of antioxidants to promote natural defenses. DHA is an Omega-3 fatty acid vital for brain and nervous tissue development in young puppies. Tailored levels of clinically proven calcium also support strong bones as they grow into adulthood, whilst high quality animal proteins help build and maintain muscle mass, and natural fibres help ease digestion.
Different sized breeds grow at different rates too. Very small breed puppies become adult in as little as 10 months, whereas giant breeds, although growing as much as 2kg per week in early months may continue growing for up to 24 months. As a result, large breed puppies are particularly prone to skeletal developmental disorders, which require controlled levels of protein, energy and calcium to support proper growth and development, meaning a tailored diet is essential.
Maintaining the extraordinary
When a dog is fully developed, both mentally and physically, it’s crucial to sustain their prime condition through continued care and premium nutrition. Maintaining a dog’s healthy lifestyle starts with having a 100% complete and balanced nutritional diet. High quality animal proteins provide an adult dog with the power and energy they need to help maintain lean muscle mass. However, because different sized dogs have different nutritional needs, their diet should be adapted accordingly. On average, small dogs have higher metabolic rates and as a result can benefit from higher levels of protein and fat per kg to help promote their optimal health. Medium-size breeds have an average growth curve and midline energy needs. Large breeds can weigh up to 80 kg or even heavier. That’s more than their owners! This means that with every step more stress is put on their joints than smaller breed dogs. That’s why it’s so important to consider a breed’s size when advising on nutrition.
Supporting ageing dogs
Ageing is a natural process, with health factors both obvious and subtle which influence nutritional needs. When a dog is out and about they will be exposed to a variety of environmental factors and in turn they will need a strong immune system to defend against these. Dogs have 321 bones in their bodies compared to 206 which are found within humans. This means optimal levels of calcium within a dog’s food is vital to ensure they receive enough to maintain strong bones and healthy joints. By the age of three, 85%1 of dogs can show dental problems. A dog’s oral health can benefit from eating a premium diet that helps reduce tartar build-up during and after meals. Most dry food scrub away plaque while chewing, but more advanced premium diets help to reduce tartar build-up even for some time after meals. Choosing a diet with dental benefits incorporated ensures a continuous healthy lifestyle throughout each life stage.
To find out more about Eukanuba’s full range, please visit www.eukanuba.co.uk