The first six months are the "main growth phase". They require high quality protein and nutrients.

The next 6- 12 months require a reduced protein content to help prevent any growth disorders.

Now fully grown, finding the right diet to match their energy requirements is key. 

Now in old age, diets with a lower fat and phosphorus are needed.

Fleas and worms

Beat the bugs!

Flea and worm prevention are one of dog owners many responsibilities. This should be at the very top of the list is ensuring your dog is adequately protected against common canine bugs and illness. And, as the weather becomes warmer, there are some bugs that are more easily caught when our dogs are enjoying playing and walking in woodland and long grass!


Start a monthly and quarterly flea and worm prevention and protection routine against. This can be bought from your veterinary practitioner or you can buy this over the counter. Make sure that the strength of worming is relevant to the size of your dog to ensure it works correctly. Worming treatments cover a plethora of bugs including the deadly lungworm which is caught from slugs, snails and contaminated water.

Prevention methods

Veterinary practices offer annual flea and worm schemes which for a one off payment will allow you to have your dog’s annual medicated for the life of your pet. Kennel Cough is also essential if your dog attends boarding kennels at any time. All reputable kennels insist that a proof of vaccination is require before accepting your dog as a resident.


Do a weekly DIY health check. Check ears and eyes, paws and pads and checking skin and coat, particularly for the growing issue of ticks which are becoming more evident across the UK. By checking skin, the ticks can be dealt with quickly. Have a general awareness of your dog’s behaviour, eating habits and personality. Be aware of any uncharacteristic traits. Seek veterinary advice to address any concerns. Have a very Happy Dog summer and don’t forget to share snaps of you and your Happy Dog on our Facebook Page