Dogs have specific nutritional demands for healthy growth and development, each phase of our furry’s life carries with it different requirements for protein, fat, carbohydrates and other nutrients.
Pet food for different age groups is characterized by being an increasingly developed niche and with great potential in the market, however, it is necessary to take special care with the ingredients to be used in its formulation so that the nutrients are available to be absorbed and used effectively by the body of dogs.
Proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibers, minerals and vitamins must always be present throughout their life cycle, what varies is the proportion of each of them, let’s see what is necessary for this great friend who much of our life has accompanied us.
If you have a pet dog or if you are a food manufacturer, this information may interest you.
NUTRITIONAL NEEDS OF OLDER DOGS.
In general, dogs that have already reached half their life expectancy are considered elderly.
Dogs of small – medium breeds, live on average 15 to 20 years, while those of large breeds have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
In this phase of life, dogs need less calorie diets to prevent obesity since it is a recurring problem in this age group.
In the case of snacks, they must be healthy, low in fat and sodium. Elderly dogs also need more water, so wet or canned food can be a good option.
If our pet has specific health conditions, the diet of dogs also needs to be adequate. For example, for diabetic dogs, a low-fat, high-fiber diet is preferable.
Fibers in abundance should also be part of the diet of dogs with constipation problems.
It is also common for older dogs to lose muscle mass, so a formulation that provides a higher protein content is preferable. It is recommended about 75 gr. of protein per 1,000 kcal. up to date.
The high quality ingredients are those that guarantee the supply of nutrients necessary for your age.
Oils obtained from animal sources such as chicken oils, pork fat, among others, used from fresh raw materials are great sources of fat for dog food formulations. Because they are of animal origin, they have high digestibility and palatability, in addition to guaranteeing essential fatty acids for the development of the animal.
As a protein ingredient, hydrolyzed chicken protein is presented as a great option, it guarantees a process free of toxic solvents, it is also more environmentally friendly, it is also of animal origin, it has all the essential amino acids and it is a highly digestible ingredient, guaranteeing good absorption by the animal’s body, reducing the volume of feces.
Dogs have complex organisms, therefore, their nutritional needs vary according to their age. For this, it is necessary to know their needs guaranteeing food that allows a healthy development of the animal.