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Dogs need different diets at different ages

Posted Aug 18 2010 12:13pm

Dogs need different diets at different ages. Yes. This is true. For
example, the puppy needs milk as the major food item while an adult dog may need beef or chicken in addition to the boiled egg and milk. So depending on
the age factor, the diet schedule varies in reality for the dogs like any other
species.
Puppies need greater amounts of protein, fat and carbohydrates than
an adult dogs. Furthermore, puppies need more frequent feeding schedules
in a day, unlike an adult dog. The movement based requirements of diet are
more in the case of puppies, since they are often more active than the adult
dogs.
Elder dogs need restricted protein but the protein needs to be easily
digestible and easily assimilated in the body. The diet schedule should have
ample supply of water for them. Feeding aged dogs too much protein may
finally lead to over burden to the renal structures and ultimately, the dog
may end up damaging filters in the kidney.
This is true especially when the immune system of these dogs is
compromised due to many factors. Similarly, the elderly dogs need less food
only because the movements of the adult dogs are highly restricted and
hence, they have to spend a limited of energy.

Female dogs in the pregnancy stage need not be fed a full stomach
since it may cause some discomforts to the animal. However, the pregnant
animal and the nursing animal need special type of food items that deliver a
balanced type of nutrition with proper supplementation of vitamins and
minerals.
The nursing animal with puppies need to be fed with enough amounts
of calcium and hence, there will not be any calcium based deficiency and the
bones of the puppies will be strong without any curving.

by Subhacini

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