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 Feed Your Dog a Grain-Free Diet?

Grain-Free dog foods are playing an essential role in the UK pet food market. These diets have become a long awaited solution to hundreds of owners that have seen their dogs challenged with an intolerance to commonly used ingredients such as corn, soy and wheat.

Common Signs of an Intolerance to Grain in Dog Food

Common signs of an intolerance to grain can be anything from poor digestion (vomiting, diarrhoea, IBS) to itchy skin, paws or even ear infections. These types of issues are being seen increasingly in consultation rooms of UK veterinary practices. If your pet is suffering from any of the above and you’re thinking of going grain-free, you have a few other aspects to consider first. From a nutritional point of view, the most important point to remember when feeding you dog is to ensure his diet is 1- complete and 2- balanced. If you’re feeding a diet with a deficiency or even excess of nutrients, it can seriously harm your dog’s health, regardless of whether or not the food contains any grain. It is certainly possible for a grain-free diet to provide complete nutrition for your four-legged friend but you must ensure it’s correct for his specific needs and requirement. If you’re unsure you can ask one of the Happy Dog vets by emailing



Happy Dog has a Large Range of Grain-Free Products

Happy Dog offers several grain-free, gluten-free and single source protein foods to meet the different needs of dogs with food intolerances. The Happy Dog Supreme Sensitive Nutrition Africais a completely grain-free food which uses ostrich as its only animal protein source alongside gluten-free potato. Its protein and fat content are also suitable for older dogs or dogs that are likely to put on weight. The Happy Dog Mini Africa is the equivalent for small breed dogs with a smaller kibble. The Happy Dog Supreme Sensitive Nutrition Karibikis a grain-free food made with potato and salt water fish as its only animal protein source. It is suitable for medium to active dogs as it has slightly a higher content of fat and protein in comparison to the Happy Dog Africa. The lately developed Happy Dog Supreme Sensitive Canada is a completely grain-free food with higher protein and fat contents and is therefore ideal for active dogs and young dogs from six months of age that show food intolerances to grain. If your dog is free from intolerances and you simply prefer to feed a diet free of grain, all the Happy Dog grain-free varieties are complete dog foods so, of course, they are also suitable for dogs without food intolerances.