Tips for Choosing the Best Food for Your Small Dog
All dogs need exercise and someone to care for them; they need playtime and daily belly rubs. But it may come as a surprise to you that not all dogs have the same nutritional needs. A puppy, for example, needs more DHA for nervous system development than a full-grown dog, and a senior often needs more fiber and fewer calories than a younger pup.
But your dog’s life stage isn’t the only factor that determines the proper diet. Different breeds and different size dogs also have varied nutritional needs. A more active breed, such as a Hound in hunting season, is going to require a higher protein content to do his job than a more sedentary Pug. Larger breeds, such as Great Danes or Bernese Mountain Dogs, require less calcium in their food for steady bone growth and adequate development and to prevent their bones from becoming brittle.
With all of these facts about the best diet and nutrition for a dog, have you ever wondered, “What is the best dog food for small dogs?” Well, you’ve come to the right place!
According to veterinarian Judy Morgan, DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT, “Small breed dogs have a higher metabolic rate and will require more calories [than a large dog] per pound of body weight to keep them going.” Wellness Small Breed Complete Health Adult Turkey & Oatmeal Recipe Dry Dog Food is a specially formulated dog food for small breeds with 420 kcal per cup. It’s made with natural ingredients and four protein sources for maximum nutrient absorption, and includes plenty of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids for a healthier dog—inside and out.
“Foods that are more nutrient dense can result in a lower volume of food that needs to be eaten,” says Dr. Morgan. “Due to their higher metabolic rate, these dogs will fare better when fed more frequent, smaller meals, rather than one larger meal.”