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.

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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.

Athletic Dogs

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.

Active Dogs

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.