Here’s What You Should Know About Life Stage Diets And How Your Pet’s Health Depends On It

 

Just like human beings, our pets require a certain diet depending on their life stage. Ever wonder why babies and toddlers have specific milk formulas to take instead of drinking the same commercial milk that’s supposedly for all ages? Nowadays, even adults have a designated kind of milk mix specially formulated for their age group. And it’s the same for our furry buddies. Let’s discuss it here.

 

 

As your pet grows, their nutritional needs do adjust with it in order for them to appropriately grow at a certain age. It’s called life stage diets—and learning about it affects your dog or cat’s health in the long run. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed with the countless choices laid before you when you visit the pet store to shop for goods, consider this mini-guide in picking the right pet food to meet your pet’s needs. While going to the vet is advisable for proper guidance on pet health, this short guide will give you an idea of what to feed your pet. Whether you’re housing a puppy or kitten, an adult pet, a senior or a pregnant pet, consider these things the next time you’re out shopping for their food.

 

For the little ones, giving them that much-needed nutrients is extremely important—the developing stages will make or break their growth! Puppies and kittens require more protein, calories, and fat, as well as more vitamins and minerals to aid them as they mature. This stage is when tissue and muscle growth must be well-supported, from birth until around a year old. Nutrient-heavy yet easily digestible meals are suitable for this age. We recommend getting a pack of our natural puppy food from Taste of the Wild, Merrick, Orijen or Acana, and natural kitten food from Merrick or Orijen for your felines!

 

Acana Heritage Small Breed Puppy Dog Food

Orijen Cat & Kitten Biologically Appropriate Cat Food

 

While they’re young, also consider checking the pet food labels to see if the product contains DHA or docosahexaenoic acid, as it helps in the mental acuity of pets, thus making them more trainable. A smart (food) choice equates to a smarter dog or cat!

 

As soon as your pet reaches the year old mark, you can start feeding them with normal adult dog or cat food. Just avoid overfeeding your pet and monitor weight maintenance. While obese dogs or cats may look cute, it puts their health at risk—don’t overdo it on the treats! If you have an overweight pet, better check with your veterinarian to counter the problem ASAP. And of course, take them to a stroll or some intense play time every now and then for exercise!

 

If you’re taking care of a pregnant pet, higher nutritional demands must be met. You’re not just feeding the mother during this stage—she has babies inside her! This is the time to consider puppy or kitten food as such meals contain higher nutrients needed for reproducing pets. Don’t forget to check the labels though, if it’s safe for our beloved preggies! This kind of diet can also be applied to lactating pets, as feeding their young will require them more for milk.

 

And finally, for pets we’ve grown with through the years—the seniors. They are more prone to diseases, such as kidney and heart diseases. There might be mobility and dental issues as well, so take note of these when considering what to feed your pet. A high protein diet may be helpful during this stage, but always keep to ample amounts of dog or cat food for weight maintenance. Wellness Core Senior or Tiki Dog Senior Mousse are suitable choices for this age, as it contains nutrients that help in hip and joint health, skin and coat condition, and overall immune system in optimum state.

 

Tiki Dog Aloha Petites Senior Mousse