Your dog’s changing diet

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From a puppy to a senior - as your dog grows older their dietary needs change. 

Young dogs


The time to change a puppy's diet or calorie intake depends on their breed. Small breeds reach adult weight in six to nine months, while very large breeds can take up to 24 months to reach adult weight. There are a variety of foods specially formulated for young dogs of various sizes.
 

Maturity


Mature dogs don’t use as much energy as growing dogs, so their food needs fewer calories. Mature dogs also need fewer mealtimes – just one or two a day is fine.
 

Pregnancy


Pregnant dogs need extra food during the last four weeks of pregnancy. You should increase your dog’s food by an extra 15% each week from week six of the pregnancy onwards.
 

Seniors


Senior dogs exercise less, so need less food. They may also prefer small, frequent meals instead of one large meal. Deciding when to change your dog to a senior diet depends on their breed. Here’s a rough guide:

• giant breeds – 5 years;
• large breeds – 8 years;
• small and toy breeds – 10 years.

Select the best dog food with complete and balance nutrition supporting a healthy immune system.

Learn more about what to feed your dog with our guidelines.

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