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.

A rumbling tum:
Digestive disorders in dogs

Digestive disorders are quite common in dogs. Not only are they unpleasant for the dog because they often result in severe stomach pain, but they also prevent the body making full use of the absorbed nutrients. There are two main digestive disorders: Diarrhoea and vomiting

Digestive disorder no 1: Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is one of the most common digestive problems in dogs. But in puppies, in particular, it should set alarm bells ringing and must be treated by a vet as quickly as possible. New-born puppies are almost always infected with round- worms from the mother. The mother should therefore be wormed before the birth, and the puppies shortly after birth - when they are about 2 weeks old. Giardia (single-celled parasites) are another frequent cause of severe diarrhoea in young dogs and must be treated by a vet.

In adult dogs it is generally the wrong food or infections that trigger the digestive disorder. Intolerances, autoimmune diseases, infections of the pancreas and many other illnesses can also cause diarrhoea, however.

What to feed a dog with diarrhoea

For adult dogs, withdraw all food and only give fresh water for 12 hours in order to rest the gut. Then carefully give the dog small quantities of a bland diet.

Always consult your vet if the diarrhoea has not disappeared after two days or if further symptoms appear such as fatigue, vomiting, blood in the stools, etc.

Digestive disorder no 2: Vomiting

Vomiting is not uncommon in dogs either. They often throw up tainted or indigestible objects that they have eaten. Infections of the stomach or intestinal tract by viruses or bacteria are another frequent cause of vomiting. However, many other problems such as obstruction of the bowel, tumours or metabolic disorders also lead to vomiting. So if your dog vomits several times in one day or over the course of several days or if it is also lethargic and refuses food, it must be checked over by your vet.

Puppies should be taken to the vet immediately, on the other hand, as they can quickly become dehydrated and illnesses become life-threatening much faster than in adult animals.

Owner and their dog