For most dog owners, choosing a food from all the options on the shop shelves is a big dilemma. Which one will be best? Which one will give my dog all the nutrients it needs? Which one will be the healthiest and most suitable food for my dog?
Today we are going to try to shed some light on the nutritional needs of dogs and advise you on the best food for your pet. At Picart Petcare we have food for all breeds, ages, sizes and special needs, always formulated by veterinary experts to ensure the health and well-being of dogs.
How to know what food is best for your dog
The easiest way to find the most suitable Picart Petcare product for your dog is to enter the nutritional search engine on our website. By entering your dog’s characteristics (size, age and condition), the search engine will tell you which food is best for your dog. It is very easy.
As you can see, there are 3 main factors that will determine which is the ideal food for your dog: the size of the breed, the age and the special needs of each animal.
The first thing to consider when choosing the best food for your dog is its breed and size. Broadly speaking, dogs are classified into 3 sizes:
- Mini (less than 10 kg)
- Medium (among 10 and 25 kg)
- Maxi (more than 25 kg)
- Next, you will need to consider your dog’s age, as each stage of growth requires different nutritional needs.
a. A puppy (<10 months in mini breeds, <12 months in medium breeds, <24 months in maxi breeds), unlike an adult dog, not only needs energy to live but also to meet its growth and development needs. When dogs face weaning they need a high-energy food, rich in fat and protein.
b. An adult dog (>10 months in mini breeds, >12 months in medium breeds, >24 months in maxi breeds) needs a balanced diet to enable him to live a healthy, happy and contented life.
c. A senior dog (over 7 years of age) enters a stage of life in which the diet must meet the needs of ageing. He needs to eat food rich in protein, between 24% and 30%, in order to counteract the possible loss of muscle mass. On the other hand, calorie intake must be reduced to combat the tendency to become overweight due to less physical activity.
3. Some dogs have special needs, such as delicate digestions, are sterilised, have skin and coat problems, are intolerant to gluten… Picart Petcare also has a suitable food for all of them.
What is the best food for a puppy?
If you have a mini breed dog, in our Picart Select Mini range you find Picart Select Mini Puppy, with a croquette adapted to your little puppy’s jaw.
For medium breed dogs, the most suitable food is Picart Select Puppy.
Large breed dogs (German Shepherd, Great Dane, St. Bernard, Dogo Argentino, Rottwailer, Labrador Retreiver, etc.) continue their growth process until they are 24 months old and need a specific product that allows them to continue developing during this time. Our recommendation for these dogs is to feed them with Picart Select Puppy Maxi. Besides, it is very tasty and they like it very much.
What is the best food for an adult dog?
Small breed dogs, with their faster metabolism, need a more energy-dense product to meet their calorie requirements. In this case we recommend Picart Select Adult Mini.
Large breed dogs, being heavier and heavier, are more prone to bone and joint related ailments with age. In these cases Picart Select Diet Mobility is a good option as it provides a Glucosamine supplement that helps to prevent this type of ailment.
What is the best food for a dog over 7 years?
Picart offers Picart Select Adult +7 years. In addition to offering a high level of palatability, it is very palatable, which helps to manage a possible reduction in intake due to reduced appetite.