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4 Crucial Considerations When Feeding Small Breed Dogs vs. Large Breed Dogs
Dec 07, 2016 - 12:46 PM - by Petguide.com


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Not all dog breeds are made the same. Did you know that different sizes, of dogs need different diets? Here is why there is a meal for every kind of dog.

Dog breeds come in all shapes and sizes. They can fit in the palm of your hand, or can tower over a person when standing on their hind legs. And because their sizes run the gamut, so do their nutritional needs. Chihuahuas and Great Danes have different dietary concerns, so it doesn’t make sense to give them a one-size-fits-all food.

It’s not just about size – there are also different life stage feeding concerns within the range of dog breed sizes. Royal Canin offers a range of breed and life stage dog food formulas to support your very small breed dog to your giant breed dog through every phase of his life.

What should you consider when looking for the best food for your breed? Think through the following when deciding whether or not you should give a Yorkshire Terrier the same type of dog food that you would give a German Shepherd:

Kibble Size: Even though small dogs can have a loud bark, they can’t bite off more than they can chew! That’s why kibble that is made for tiny dogs is much smaller than that found in a bag of food for large dogs. Small dogs need a kibble that they can easily chew and digest – that means average kibble has no place in their mouths or their bowls.

Nutritional Balance: Small dogs can be full of energy. Thanks to their high metabolic rates, pint-sized pooches can burn calories quickly, especially when they are puppies. During this formative time, you’ll need to ensure your small-breed dog takes in enough calories on a daily basis. Additionally, small breed puppies may require more frequent feedings.

Even when they grow into adults, small breed dogs will still need more calories per pound than larger canines. Remember, more calories do not necessarily mean more food. Small breeds with high energy require formulas with different calorie contents to support their nutritional needs.

Joint Health: Large breed dogs put a lot more pressure on their joints, and over time, it takes a toll. Because large and giant breed dogs are predisposed to orthopedic diseases, foods designed for larger breeds should be formulated with nutrients tailored to support bone and joint health.

Senior Years: Both small and large breed dogs have different dietary needs as they reach their golden years. Smaller dogs have longer lifespans, and antioxidants can help prevent cell damage. Senior-centric foods can have nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, both of which can help promote joint health in large and small breed dogs.

No matter the size of your dog, you need to ensure he’s eating a well-balanced, nutritionally complete food specifically designed for him… and you’ll find just what you’re looking for with Royal Canin. Order the perfect Royal Canin dog food for your pup from
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Lucy Pet Products’ Make a Splash Photo Contest
Dec 05, 2016 - 3:01 PM - by Petguide.com


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PetGuide.com is so excited to be part of Lucy Pet Product’s Rose Bowl Parade Float that we wanted to share the joy with our readers. To celebrate, you’re invited to enter our Make A Splash Photo Contest!

We’re picking – get ready for this – not one… not two… not three… but 12 WINNERS!!!!

You read that right! 12 different winners get a Lucy Pet Products Gift Basket!

Each of our 12 winners will receive a Lucy Pet Products Gift Basket, valued at $29.99 each. Each basket comes with an array of Lucy Pet Products’ awesome grooming products – Berry Berry Smellicious, Surfin Jack, Purple Rain Calm & Clean – delivered right to your door in a basket and tied up with a bow!
Read more about the Lucy Pet Products’ Make a Splash Photo Contest at PetGuide.com.
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Unique Protein Diets That Benefit Your Dog’s Wellbeing
Dec 01, 2016 - 11:52 AM - by Petguide.com


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Have you ever thought about adding a unique protein to your dog’s diet? Here’s why you should, and a few novel proteins to try!

Proteins are the building blocks of life, and its importance in your pet’s life is just as great as it is in yours. Proteins play a vital role in every biological process – the amino acids from which proteins are made are what make up a major proportion of our pet’s cells. When you think about it that way, you understand the importance of the right proteins in your dog’s diet.

Dogs love the taste of meat, and by offering your pet protein from multiple sources, mealtime is made even more enjoyable and tasty. Whether it’s in the kibble, sprinkled on top as a mixer, or given as a treat, unique protein sources can be a part of your pet’s complete and balanced diet.

What can you do to ensure your pet has a healthy, palatable diet? You can start by exposing your dog to a variety of unique proteins. And what dog wouldn’t prefer a high-quality meal packed with exclusive proteins, full of nutritional benefits, exceptional taste and delectable aromas. That’s why Merrick has a complete line of dry and wet formulas that showcase a host of novel proteins.

A mix of unique proteins in your dog’s diet can also help him maintain a shiny coat and keep skin healthy, thanks to the Omega fatty acids it contains. Every protein source contains different levels of amino acids that are broken down and used for all aspects of your dog’s growth and development. But not all proteins are created equal – some are better for pets than others. And you want to make sure your pooch enjoys the benefits of a high-quality diet rich in animal-derived protein.
Read more about the Unique Protein Diets That Benefit Your Dog’s Wellbeing at PetGuide.com.
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