Your dog’s diet directly impacts their overall health. Keep your pup strong and playful by learning about proper pup nutrition.

Just like humans, a dog’s diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing your dog to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes, and arthritis

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our dogs as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your dog at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your dog’s breed, age, weight, and medical history. 

Common Foods to Avoid

Think twice about feeding your dog table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic could be dangerous to your dog. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to dogs. Check with your veterinarian if your dog has ingested anything questionable.

Growth Diet

Growing puppies need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. 

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog food that will keep your dog healthy and energetic starts with knowing your dog’s lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pup. 

Senior Diet

Your senior dog may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older dogs can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for a less active lifestyle. Check with your veterinarian about which food and amount is best for your pet

Every dog ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet’s needs.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the U.S. are obese or overweight.