Large Breed Diets
The goal in feeding a large or giant breed puppy is to keep him lean, with controlled growth. A healthy, large or giant breed puppy will thrive on a portion-controlled, balanced, species-appropriate diet.
What about large breed puppy foods? Traditional puppy foods often provide much higher calorie content than large breed puppies require, causing them to gain too much weight too quickly. This is why pet food manufacturers began producing formulas specifically for large breed puppies. In addition to excessive energy intake, inappropriate amounts of calcium have also been shown to cause developmental bone disease. Large breed puppy formulas will have calcium levels below 2%.
Weight Loss Diets
There are currently two options for weight loss in dogs and cats. The traditional approach is to feed a low calorie, low fat, high fiber food that is specifically formulated to make the pet feel full while reducing calorie intake. These work well for some pets.
Others advocate feeding a higher meat, higher protein, but reduced fat and calorie diet. Higher meat diets generally contain higher levels of protein than a traditional weight loss diet. Protein is important to prevent the loss of lean muscle mass while the animal is losing weight. Higher meat diets are also inherently lower in carbohydrates. These simple carbohydrates stimulate additional insulin secretion, which tells the body to store unused calories as fat. The higher meat content diets will help keep blood sugar and insulin levels stable, and also contribute to added lean muscle mass. If a dog has not responded well to a traditional weight loss diet, this type of diet is a good alternative for weight loss. Read more about weight management for your pets.
Not all food is created equal - let our trained associates help find the right food for your pet!
Rotating a pet’s food is based on the simple premise that more variety will provide better overall health for your pet. You don’t eat the same thing every day - why should your pet? By varying the types of food your pet eats, as well as the protein sources, your dog or cat will enjoy a more diverse and complete nutrient intake to improve the health and immunity of your pet. Rotating types of food and protein sources can also increase excitement at mealtime – great for picky eaters who get bored easily. Learn more . . .
Raw foods are nutrient-dense and highly digestible for most pets and provide optimum nutrition through essential vitamins and minerals, active enzymes and amino acids. Our package raw meals offer you the convenience and benefits of a well-balanced, safe and wholesome raw-food diet without having to grind, chop, measure or mix the ingredients yourself. Learn more about our Raw Natural foods . . .
Limited Ingredient Diets
As the name implies - Limited Ingredient Diets have fewer items in them and can make it easier to help find the cause of a specific allergen to which a pet may be allergic or intolerant to. Many limited ingredient diets also have novel protein options, which are meats or carb sources that the animal may not have previously been exposed to. See our Pet Allergies education page for more information about allergies. Visit your local PetPeople store to speak to a trained associate about available foods that have limited ingredients in them.
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