Once your puppy has moved on to solid foods alone its important to make sure they have all the fuel and nutrients needed to aid their growth and development. As with the weaning stage a highly digestible high protein, low carb diet with a reasonable amount of fat and calcium is the foundation of a good diet. This will give them the energy and building blocks to support their growth. The food also needs to be quality, minimally processed and highly digestible to ensure they get maximum nutrition from their developing digestive systems.
Because puppies generally need higher levels of some nutrients like protein, fat and calcium, than adult dogs people often believe they need puppy-specific foods. The truth is however that a nutritious, balanced food can be suitable for both puppies and adults below. If you look for example in the table presented here at the minimum requirements for some nutrients outlined by AAFCO, the US regulator for dog food, you can see that a food can provide the best diet for puppies and adults alike, which is exactly what our Balanced Life food for dogs does.
Different sized dogs grow at different rates. Credit: www.thehappypuppysite.com
Because larger dogs have much larger bodies they also require a slightly different nutritional mix than smaller dogs – diets that are slightly lower in fat, and contain a little less calcium and phosphorous, help avoid developmental orthopedic diseases like hip and elbow dysplasia. Our Chicken and Salmon Recipes are suitable therefore for large breed puppies while our Lamb and Kangaroo Recipes are not.