6. Does your pet need special food?
Specific dog foods are often tailored for stages or sizes. For example, puppy food will be different than food designed for an adult or elder dog. Puppies are usually fed a special formula for the first year of life. Food for the growing pup should include higher amounts of fat, phosphorous and protein to keep the puppy healthy.
Adult mixes will reduce these levels. Older dogs may benefit from a lower calorie food to prevent obesity, but this is not always necessary. Talk to your vet to find out if you should be using specific formulas.
Other specialty foods include foods for small breeds, large breeds, overweight dogs, highly active or sedentary pets, and dogs suffering from allergies or skin conditions. These should only be chosen if your vet recommends them.