There’s been a significant amount of attention on natural dog foods recently. Simultaneously, there is an evolution towards breed and size specific nutrition.
Some people may see this as a marketing gimmick or an unnecessary label. While I had some understanding about the importance of specific nutrition for specific dog breeds from my time in clinical practice, I have come to more fully understand the potential benefits of tailored nutrition for dogs of different breeds and sizes.
One classic example of the impact of tailored nutrition focuses on feeding large and giant breed puppies a specifically formulated diet. These breeds are at an increased risk of hip, joint and skeletal problems, both during their rapid growth phase as puppies and later in life. Large breed puppy formulas are designed to reduce the risk of these problems by carefully balancing calories, protein levels and minerals to ensure a steady growth rate.
Small breeds also have different needs compared to their larger relatives. Smaller dogs have a higher metabolic rate than large breed dogs, so their unique formulas take this into consideration by providing more calories per cup of food.
While all dogs are at risk of developing dental disease, some studies and clinical experience indicates that small breeds are at an elevated risk. With this in mind, many small breed formulas include unique kibble shapes and textures to support dental health.
These examples represent just a few of the reasons to consider tailored nutrition for your pet. So whether you are shopping online or in store, take a closer look at the full assortment of breed and size specific nutrition to better meet the needs of your pet.
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