The Growing Puppy Life Stage

The growing puppy

The puppy life stage spans approximately one year for small breeds and up to 24 months for large and giant breeds. Feeding a product specifically formulated for growth, during the entire development stage, is essential to optimal health. During growth, puppies are very sensitive and fragile while important body systems like the skeletal, digestive, neurological, and immune systems are developing. It is critical to support and protect this developmental life stage in order for your puppy to grow into a healthy adult dog. Start your puppy off on the right paw with precise nutrition for growth!


Nutritional Needs of Growing Puppies

Puppies have very unique nutritional needs that are best met by foods specifically designed for growth. Within the canine species, there is a huge range in sizes and health predispositions of certain breeds. Royal Canin recognizes this diversity and has created nutritional products that support the developmental requirements of puppies of different adult sizes and breeds. Royal Canin puppy foods are balanced with optimal amounts of protein, calcium, and phosphorus, as well as other nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, to support skeletal development and growth. Since puppies are very prone to gastrointestinal upset, Royal Canin puppy foods are formulated to be highly digestible, with a number of nutrients to support digestive health. Our puppy formulations are also supplemented with ingredients such as antioxidants and omega fatty acids to ensure healthy development of the neurological and immune systems. All Royal Canin puppy products provide complete, precisely balanced nutrition for your growing puppy.

Feeding Strategies for Growing Puppies

Very young puppies require multiple feedings per day, however as they get older, meal frequency can be reduced. Our feeding guidelines provide an estimate of what quantity to feed your growing puppy. Puppies have a very specific growth curve, growing most rapidly in the first six months of life, after which their caloric needs plateau. Your puppy’s weight and body condition should be evaluated by your veterinarian on a regular basis. With your puppy’s caloric needs constantly changing, your veterinarian is best suited to help adjust feeding quantities and ensure a healthy rate of growth.

Obesity is a significant problem in the pet population and puts dogs at risk for serious diseases. Feeding appropriate quantities of food, divided into meals throughout the day, plays a key role in preventing obesity and its consequences. Introducing the concept of meal-feeding at a young age is ideal for the future health of your dog.

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