Dog's Special Diets
Feed quality is particularly very crucial
during the stage of puppy-hood, which provide the necessary nutrients for the rapidly growing
Similarly, an in-whelp bitch needs high-quality food if she is to produce
healthy puppies without putting undue strain on her own bodily resources.
Pregnant animals will deplete their own tissues to provide sufficient
nutrients for their puppies both in the uterus and afterwards when they
are suckling. A bitch with a litter of several puppies will almost
inevitably lose some weight; her condition needs to be watch carefully.
There is no point, however, in over-feeding the bitch while she is
There may be specific demands for
particularly active adult dogs, for the older dog, and for the overweight
dog. Scientifically formulated diets are designed to provide for these
various special requirements.
Several pet food manufacturers provide
prescription diets that, used under veterinary supervision, aid in the
management of a number of diseases. They are only obtainable through a
The range is wide and includes products that
may either contain greater proportions of certain nutrients than usual -
one is a high-fiber diet, for instance, which may be of benefit in cases
of diabetes, and in fiber responsive intestinal problems - or smaller
elements of the normal diet. Low-protein diets assist in the control of
chronic kidney disease, low-sodium diets are used in the management of
congestive heart failure.
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