Our pets' diet is tremendously important to their general health and well-being. At Bark-N-Hounds, our pet nutrition counseling in Grandville aims to empower pet lovers to provide their pets with a high-quality diet throughout each stage of life. Proper nourishment can help improve many health-related problems including; food intolerances, pet food allergies, increased weight gain or weight reduction, nutritional insufficiencies, pet diabetes, skin and coat conditions, renal system disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and poor immune response. Nutritional needs for pups and kitties vary because of many factors including life stage, size, breed, physical activity levels, physical health, and more, subsequently, a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition will not do the job. We can advise you on which food choices will be suitable based on your pet's needs, quantity to feed, and what to look out for on pet food labels. Phone us to set up a nutrition assessment for your pet.
Nutrition for Working Dogs
Stage show and working dogs have special dietary needs. Generally, working dogs are larger breeds such as an Akita, a Mastiff, or a Newfoundland that are specifically bred to perform tasks like sledding or herding. To perform their best, these dogs need a high-performance pet food that helps keep them working at top productivity. Depending on the amount of work, working dogs may require 1.5 to 2.5 times the volume of food as a sedentary pet, and if the dogs are doing work in high conditions, the volume of food needed increases even more.
Nutrition for Pregnant/ Nursing Dogs
First-rate nutrition sets the stage for a thriving breeding and pregnancy. Maintaining nutrition and bodyweight before, during the course of, and after pregnancy is essential to the wellness of the momma dog and her young pups. Malnourishment caused by inadequate nutrient consumption can lead to miscarriages or health problems. While lactating, energy needs increase and are directly proportional to milk generation, which subsequently is directly corresponding to the number of nursing pups.
Senior Pet Nutrition
When a cherished animal gets older, their eating habits and dietary requirements can adjust too. As a general guideline, animals are regarded as elderly when they've arrived at one-half of their expectation of life. If a senior animals' exercise and metabolic levels decline, it may be time to decrease their caloric consumption to help prevent obesity as the extra weight is just as unhealthy for animals as it is for people.
Giant Breed Animal Nutrition
Large breeds such as Mastiffs and Great Danes have unique nutritional requirements. Large dog breeds necessitate well-defined amounts of essential nutrients to fulfill their growth requirements. Large breed puppies need a food produced to ensure proper bone and muscle development and the right amount of energy so they can develop to their optimal growth potential without developmental concerns.