Your dog will have different nutritional needs throughout it's life, therefore it is important to know what to feed it throughout the different stages of it's life. Our vets and nurses are available to give advice and develop a tailored feeding regime for your dog.
Puppies need extra nutrients to help them grow. Most puppies start eating solid food between 3-4 weeks of age. A complete food specifically designed to feed during the weaning period such as Royal Canin Starter is recomended. From approximately 8 weeks of age they should be fed an appropriate puppy life stage food such as Royal Canin Junior or Hills Science Plan Puppy at least three times a day. Feeding can be reduced to twice a day when pups are four to five months old, and once a day when they are eight months or older. Fresh water in a clean bowl should be available at all times.
Adult dogs (over 12 months of age)
When your puppy reaches maturity, his nutritional needs will be different. Small breed dogs reach maturity at approximately 10 months of age, whereas large breed dogs take longer to mature and reach maturity at approximatley 15 months of age. Once he has reached maturity we recommend moving on to an adult food such as one of the Royal Canin or Hills Science Plan Lifestage diets to provide him with a balance of specific nutrients, vitamins and minerals specific for his age and breed size. Small dogs have different energy requirements to large breed dogs so it is also important to consider this when selecting the most appropriate food.
Neutered dogs have different nutritional requirements to un-neutered dogs and they will be more prone to weight gain. They require on average at least 25% fewer calories than an entire dog. We therefore recommend feeding an adult neutered dog food to prevent obesity.
Senior dogs (5-7 years of age)
Older dogs are more prone to developing health problems. By switching to a senior diet there is an opportunity to improve your dog's health, increase his lifespan and improve his quality of life. Older dogs are also more likely to become overweight or obese as they become less active. The Royal Canin or Hills Science Plan Senior foods are recommended as they are formulated to meet the specific needs of the older dog.
Knowing what food to feed your dog and how many calories it needs per day can be tricky especially as feeding requirements can vary greatly from one dog to another. Our vets and nurses are specially trained to give advice on pet nutrition. We provide regular clinics to monitor your pet's weight and give advice on the most suitable diet for your dog. We stock a wide range of diets at each of our surgeries suitable for all breeds, lifestages and lifestyles. If we don't stock the food that you require we can usually order it in for you by the next working day.