How to feed the need.

Owning dogs can be a truly rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it is important to care for them properly. That’s why understanding your dog’s unique dietary requirements during each life-stage is an important step. Check out our life-stage guide below to help you ensure your pet lives its life to the fullest – year after year.

The stages of a dog’s life:

Puppyhood

1 – 12 months (Smaller breeds)

1 – 21 months (Larger breeds)

This life stage is tumultuous as puppies bring with them both fun and mess. Finding the right food is crucial as it’s the starting block of your dog’s longevity.

Puppies generally eat more food than adult dogs (relative to their weight), and their diet should provide enough energy and nutrients for them get through a busy day of growth and development.

Breed-specific food formulations assist in improved development since large and small breeds require slight differences in their diet. For example, large breeds need slow, sustained growth to avoid ailments in the future such as hip dysplasia. For this reason, large breed puppy food generally has lower levels of fat and protein than small breed food.

Your bouncing bundle of joy needs:

  • High protein, mineral and fats.
  • Added vitamins such as C, D and E
  • Bite-sized kibble
  • Lots of water
  • Routine feeding times

Be sure to consult the feeding guide on each Montego product to find out just how much food your pup needs per day. Remember, every puppy should be fed with their potential adult weight in mind.

Monty & Me Puppy

Karoo Small breed to Medium Breed

Karoo Large breed to Giant Breed

Classic Small breed to Medium Breed

Classic Large breed to Giant Breed

Classic Wet food for puppies

 

Adolescence

Bridging the gap when developing from pup to adult is an awkward phase as your dog  experiences a change in hormones and energy requirements – causing them to become distracted, curious and hyperactive.

Your awkward teen will need a slow introduction to adult food by adding a few adult kibble to their puppy food as you progress to a full adult diet.

 

Adulthood:

12 months – 8yrs (Small breed dogs)

12 months – 7yrs (Medium breed dogs)

15 months –  6yrs (Large breed dogs)

15 months – 5yrs (Giant breed dogs)

Your adolescent dog is now a fully-fledged adult. By now, your dog should be used to a routine that includes lots of exercise, attention and a regular, balanced diet. You’ll know if the food you’ve chosen is right for your dog if it has bright eyes, a shiny coat and healthy energy levels.

Adult dogs need:

  • A consistent, good quality brand of dog food (changing your dog’s diet regularly can cause digestive issues)
  • Calculated, consistent feeding to avoid excess weight gain.
  • Food made with the right amounts of protein, minerals, fats and vitamins.

Click on the links below to find out how much you should be feeding your adult dog according to product:

Monty & Me Adult

Karoo Adult

Classic Adult

Classic Wet Food Adult

 

Senior:

8yrs+ – Small breed dogs

7yrs+ – Medium breed dogs

6yrs+ – Large breed dogs

5yrs + – Giant breed dogs

At this stage, your once active and lively dog has slowed its pace and prefers lazing in the sun. Its metabolism will have slowed down and its joints have become a little rusty.

To assist in this life-stage your dog now needs:

  • Enough protein for muscle maintenance
  • Less fat for its lower levels of energy
  • Added Glucosamine and Chondroitin. These help alleviate symptoms of arthritis and joint pain.

Click on the links below to find out how much you should be feeding your senior dog according to product:

Classic Senior

Karoo Senior

So, what does a healthy dog look like?

Generally speaking, here’s how your dog should look if it’s in good condition:

  • It has an “hourglass” figure from above. This means its abdomen should be narrower than the chest and hips.
  • Its chest is closer to the ground than its belly when standing.
  • Its ribs are not clearly visible but are easily felt when lightly stroking your hand across them.
  • It has a shiny coat and a sunny disposition.*

*This may vary from breed to breed.

If your dog is not in this condition, please consult your vet.

Understanding how to feed your pet correctly for each life stage is one of the best things you can do for it. It will also ultimately save you costly visits to the vet, so take your time in researching what food best suites your dog’s breed and life-stage and enjoy the successes of a healthy, happy fur baby for many years to come.

*Please keep in mind that these are only guidelines and that you should consult your vet on what and how much food your dog needs based on its breed and current health status.

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