This is an issue that worries us when we have pup or a kitten.
Intuitively we know that they are babies and thus need a special diet.
This is wholly true.
A puppy dog or kitten have a series of nutritional needs, some the same and other additional ones compared to an adult dog or cat.
Both need proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals to SURVIVE. Yet in the case of puppies and kittens, as well as for LIFE they also need these to GROW. The smaller they are, the more needs they have and as they reach maturity, their nutritional needs begin to converge.
All of the Picart are meticulously created to cover the special needs of puppies and kittens.
The change of pet-food for puppies/kittens to adult food should take place when they finish their growth process.
In the case of cats, their growth process finalises around the age of one, when they reach adulthood.
For dogs, this period will vary depending on the dog’s breed.
Small breed dogs (Yorkshire, Chihuahua) finalise their growth processes earlier than medium-sized or large breeds. Mini puppies become adult dogs at around the age of 9-10 months.
Medium-sized breeds, weighing between 15 – 25 kgs at adulthood (Beagle, Border Collie, English Bulldog), continue to grow until they are 1 year old.
Finally, large-breed dogs (Alsatians, Huskies, German Dogos, St Bernards) take the longest to reach maturity, between 18 and 24 months.
Take advantage of a visit to your vet to confirm the dietary needs of your puppy or kitten.