Blog posts for May 2018

 

What age do you transition your dog to senior dog food?

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As your dog ages, their nutritional needs begin to change. It can be tricky to figure out when it’s time to start switching your adult dog over to a senior diet, but by doing a small amount of research and checking in with your vet, you’ll be able to get a sense of when the time is right.

As your dog ages, their nutritional needs begin to change. It can be tricky to figure out when it’s time to start switching your adult dog over to a senior diet, but by doing a small amount of research and checking in with your vet, you’ll be able to get a sense of when the time is right.

Different dog's age at different rates

There are a number of different factors that can determine when a dog is classified as a ‘senior’. These can include breed, genetics, and lifestyle. For example, larger breeds typically cross over to having senior dietary needs earlier than smaller breeds, and dogs with more active lifestyles usually hold off the effects of ageing for longer. A giant breed dog can be classified as a senior from as early as five years of age, a large breed can be classified as a senior from six years, and small and medium breeds can be classified as a senior from seven years of age.

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Why should you feed your old dog a senior diet?

As your dog gets older they will most likely become less energetic and their metabolism will also begin to slow down. This is why super premium 'senior' diets like those from Eukanuba™ have a reduced number of calories in them to help keep their weight levels healthy. On top of a reduced need for energy, an older dog can also be more prone to developing other health concerns such as ageing joints and digestion issues. For this reason, every part of the Eukanuba™ Senior range includes omega fatty acids and calcium to support strong joints and bones, plus natural fibres and prebiotics to promote healthy digestion.

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Feed the extraordinary in your senior dog

The right nutrition can make a world of difference to your senior dog's quality of life and longevity. Remember that the ageing process for every dog differs and the best way to know what’s right for them is to check in with your vet.

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What nutrition does my puppy need?

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Every owner wants their puppy to start off on the best foot and one of the best ways to do this is to make sure they are fed well in the early stages of their lives. The first year of your puppy’s life is when they do most of their growing, and a diet packed full of the right nutrients can help support their development into adulthood.

Every owner wants their puppy to start off on the best foot and one of the best ways to do this is to make sure they are fed well in the early stages of their lives. The first year of your puppy’s life is when they do most of their growing, and a diet packed full of the right nutrients can help support their development into adulthood.

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Proteins

Ideally, every puppy’s diet should include high-quality proteins to help build their muscle mass. Proteins are the essential building blocks for muscle development but can also assist with developing a healthy skin and coat. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with highly digestible animal proteins and high levels of DHA, essential for the growth of developing puppies so they can reach their full potential.

Fats

Fats are especially important in a puppy’s diet. Puppies need a balance of certain fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6, that not only help them absorb certain vitamins, but also promote healthy skin, a shiny coat and provide them with plenty of energy.

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Carbohydrates

Along with proteins and fats, carbohydrates are one of the three main nutrients a dog needs. Puppies are incredibly active and can be quite a handful. They need plenty of energy to help keep them going and carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy that can be accessed quickly.

Vitamins and Minerals

All dogs, and especially puppies, need certain vitamins and minerals to maintain their overall health and well-being. Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron help maintain bodily functions and prevent dietary deficiencies, while vitamin E helps support your puppy’s developing immune system and vitamin A helps to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.

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Why nutrition is so important

Puppies experience a massive growth spurt from birth until they are around fifteen months old. In order to give them the best preparation for a healthy adult life, their diet needs to provide them with plenty of support during this important time. When it comes to choosing what to feed your puppy, you should consider choosing a high-quality diet that is formulated especially for what they need to pave the way to a healthy adulthood. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made for the needs of growing puppies by supporting the development of their bones and joints and most importantly, providing them with all the energy they need.

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What are the benefits of feeding Eukanuba Puppy Food?

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The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their development into adulthood. When it comes to feeding your puppy, there are so many options available and it can be difficult trying to pick the right one for them. The best food for your puppy should of course include all the essential nutrients they need but it should also help them grow up to be healthy adult dogs. This is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made to help puppy’s look and feel their best for years to come, providing complete and balanced nutrition using over 30 of the same nutrients as their mother’s milk.

The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their development into adulthood. When it comes to feeding your puppy, there are so many options available and it can be difficult trying to pick the right one for them. The best food for your puppy should of course include all the essential nutrients they need but it should also help them grow up to be healthy adult dogs. This is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made to help puppy’s look and feel their best for years to come, providing complete and balanced nutrition using over 30 of the same nutrients as their mother’s milk.

Benefits

Brain Development

DHA is a fatty acid that naturally occurs in a nursing dog’s milk and is essential to the growth and cognitive development of your puppy’s brain. It’s no secret puppies can be a handful to train and is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is specifically formulated with clinically proved DHA levels to support learning, for smarter, more trainable puppies.

Strong Immunity

Puppies have a developing immune system that need extra support to prevent them running the risk of illness. To provide immune protection while their system is still developing, the Eukanuba Puppy range includes antioxidants to give your puppy a solid foundation into a long, healthy life. Antioxidants help neutralise and disable free radicals, which are produced during a dog’s metabolism. Along with the essential antioxidants, the Eukanuba™ Puppy diets include added vitamin E, which particularly helps to improve immune function.

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Bone Growth

Every puppy grows at their own pace depending on their breed and genetic makeup. A larger breed, such as a Golden Retriever will grow much faster than a Chihuahua, so it’s important certain puppy diets cater for this rapid growth rate. A puppy’s bone and joint development needs optimal calcium levels suited to their size, and this is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is tailor-made for both small, medium and large breeds.

Gentle Digestion

While they are growing, puppies need to get a lot more energy from their diet than adult dogs do. However, because their mouths are much smaller with fewer teeth, they can find it hard to chew their food which, in turn, makes it harder for them to digest. This is why at Eukanuba™ we make our puppy diets highly digestible by using beet pulp as part of the formulation. This highly fermentable fibre source is an excellent way to promote proper digestion, gut health and improve stool quality.

Make them extraordinary by feeding them the best

Puppies have different nutritional needs than adult dogs. Therefore, it’s important that they are fed a high-quality diet so they can get the best start in life. One of the best ways to do this is to consider feeding your puppy a Eukanuba Puppy diet. It not only contains all the essential nutrients their bodies need as they grow, but also gives them the best foundation for a long, healthy life as an adult dog.

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How a high-performance dog food can make your dog more athletic

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For a lot of dogs, 'working' is chasing a ball, giving you a cuddle or barking when strangers come to the door, but some dogs take work to a whole new level. For dogs that spend most of the day on their feet in one form of work or another, a typical dog food won't give them enough nutritional support to let them do their job properly. Working dogs, and dogs that take part in other athletic activities need a diet with a high protein and fat content to help them sustain their energy levels for peak performance. If you have an athletic dog or a dog that needs to constantly be working at their best, a high-performance dog food can help them reach their full potential.

For a lot of dogs, 'working' is chasing a ball, giving you a cuddle or barking when strangers come to the door, but some dogs take work to a whole new level. For dogs that spend most of the day on their feet in one form of work or another, a typical dog food won't give them enough nutritional support to let them do their job properly. Working dogs, and dogs that take part in other athletic activities need a diet with a high protein and fat content to help them sustain their energy levels for peak performance. If you have an athletic dog or a dog that needs to constantly be working at their best, a high-performance dog food can help them reach their full potential.

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Protein

Athletic dogs need more than everyday nutrition and protein is essential to help them build and maintain muscle mass. When your dog exercises, their muscles break down protein much faster, so they need a diet that has a much higher protein content than regular dog food. The amino acids in protein also help to encourage muscle growth and recovery, which is why a high-performance diet can be incredibly beneficial for the wellbeing of athletic dogs. Eukanuba™ offer two Performance diets, our Premium Performance diet and Premium Sport diet. These diets are made of high levels of animal protein to help nourish exercising muscles and ensure that endurance levels rarely falter.

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Fat

Fat isn’t always bad and is one of the key components to keeping your athletic dog in top condition. High-quality animal fats are excellent sources of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids which help maintain the healthy function of muscle organs and promote strong joint tissues. Fat is also a very efficient energy source. If you want your dog to perform at their best, a diet high in fat, as well as protein, helps them sustain energy over long periods of time.

How else does a high-performance diet help?

A high-performance diet should also include plenty of carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins to support their hardworking muscles and joints. The Eukanuba Premium Sports diet contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to help maintain the health of their joints and also includes antioxidants to help promote strong natural defences. On top of this, the diet also features highly digestible carbohydrates that help support recovery time after strenuous activity.

A diet to help them perform their best

Dogs that need to perform at their best for work, sporting competitions or just to maintain their athleticism need an extra boost from their diet, which both the Eukanuba Premium Performance and Premium Sports diet can do. Containing the highest levels of protein and fat, feeding your dog a Eukanuba performance diet makes sure they reach their potential and are able to accomplish anything they set out to do.

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What's the difference between high-performance dog food and normal dog food?

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Understanding whether your dog needs to be fed a high-performance diet can be confusing at times. Working dogs need the added support and energy boost a performance diet can offer, however very active dogs can benefit from this too. The main differences between high-performance dog food and normal dog foods are the protein and fat levels, however, they also differ in how they benefit your dog.

Understanding whether your dog needs to be fed a high-performance diet can be confusing at times. Working dogs need the added support and energy boost a performance diet can offer, however very active dogs can benefit from this too. The main differences between high-performance dog food and normal dog foods are the protein and fat levels, however, they also differ in how they benefit your dog.

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What’s high-performance dog food?

A high-performance dog food is specially tailored for athletic and working dogs that need to be alert and active for long periods of time. These types of diets help build and maintain muscle mass, sustain energy and speed up recovery time after a hardworking day. These diets have a much higher protein and fat content than regular dog food in order to help working dogs get the best out of their nutrition. The Eukanuba™ Performance diets have been tailor-made by a team of vets, scientists and nutritionists to help keep dogs performing at their best. The Premium Sport and Premium Performance diets both contain optimal levels of protein and fat, and also include omega oils and calcium to maintain the health of their joints.

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How is normal dog food different?

Normal dog food provides optimal nutrition for regular dogs; dogs that spend their days running around the backyard and napping throughout the day. Of course, every dog is an individual and some dogs will require different things from a diet, but typically a normal dog food will help dogs look after common needs such as digestion, skin and dental health, rather than focusing mostly on energy levels and muscle repair.

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What’s best for your dog?

If you have a dog that exercises regularly, whether that’s for sport or as a working dog, it might be worth considering a high-performance dog food such as Eukanuba™'s Premium Performance or Premium Sport diet. Either of these diets will provide your dog with all the nutrients they need to perform at their best. A dog that isn’t exercising regularly or leads a more sedentary lifestyle doesn’t need the amount of calories found in a high-performance diet, so they should be kept on a diet that suits their individual needs to avoid the risk of weight gain. If you are uncertain about whether a high-performance dog food might be right for your dog, consider the number of hours they spend exercising each day and be sure to ask your vet for their recommendation before you switch their diet over.

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