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.

Why Doggy Diets Do Matter

As dog owners we all know what a very important member of the family our dogs are. And, just as we would manage our own diets to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the diet of our dogs has a similar impact on their well being. In short; Vitamins, mineral and trace elements along with protein, fat, carbohydrates and crude fibre are all vital. Happy Dog is a balanced and varied dog food providing your dog with adequate quantities of these nutrients. We take a look at ways in which you can ensure your dog is as fit and healthy as possible and why a healthy dog is a happy dog.

Full of vitamins

The food needs to contain vitamins as the dog's body does not produce them itself or it does not produce enough. Vitamins are organic compounds and are important for development, growth and maintenance of the dog's bodily functions. Read more about which vitamins do what here.

Beautifully balanced

It is important that dogs of all ages get the right balance of nutrients and vitamins to promote healthy skin and coat and body and an alert mind.  This can be achieved by enduring dogs have protein, fat, vitamins and water  - the latter of which is important to aid digestion and is dependent on the amount of activity and type of food your dog has. Those that eat dry food will require more water than those that don’t.

Puppy Power

Laying the foundations of healthy eating with puppies is important and finding a food that supports development and growth is imperative.  Treats at this stage are great for training purposes and help you to develop a healthy, well trained dog but remember to keep them healthy. Puppies use more energy than older dogs too, so more frequent feeding with smaller meals and with a food specially created for well managed growth is important. Have a look at our Puppy Dog Food Range.

All grown up

Two meals a day is ideal for adult dogs and can be done at well spaced intervals. It is important not to feed your dog an hour before, or after, vigorous exercise as this can lead to a dangerous condition called ‘bloat’. The amount of food is, of course, dependent upon the size of the dog and because different foods deliver different types of energy it is important to appreciate the nutrients and energy your particular food delivers. Check out our Adult Dog Food Range here.

Growing old gracefully

As dogs get older and perhaps exercise less it is important to tailor diet accordingly. Levels of key nutrients can be modified but, if your dog is still active, it is important to maintain the energy content. Greater contents of ingredients to assist with mobility and vitality can often be found in senior dog food and if your dog becomes sensitive to certain food as he gets older, food to support this can also be given. We use extra New Zealand mussels and L-carnitine in our Supreme Senior Dog Food.

Work, work, work!

Man’s best friend can also be a valuable member of a working team and just like humans who have a physically demanding job, dogs also need to tailor their diet accordingly. Foods specifically designed for working dogs gives greater energy levels and will have a higher content of vital vitamins and proteins to keep your dog at the peak of physical fitness. Check out our Supreme Adult Sport for high energy demanding dogs.

The Happy Dog Team