Pet parents want to feed their cats high-quality cat food that is complete and balanced. When reading pet food labels, you might come across a recipe that is formulated for all life stages, but what exactly is an all life stages recipe?
Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Nutrient Profiles
For a pet food to be labeled as “complete and balanced” it must meet nutrient profiles established by The Association of American Feed Control Officials also known as AAFCO.
There are two life stages recognized by AAFCO for dogs that are represented in nutrient profiles for:
- Growth and Reproduction
- Adult Maintenance
Diets designed for all life stages meet the nutritional requirements for both growth and reproduction as well as adults at maintenance. Therefore, all life stages recipes can be fed through any stages of a dog’s life.
A dog's life stages include:
The Nutritional Needs of Each Life Stage
Dog’s different life stages require a different balance of nutrients. All life stages diets meet the nutritional needs of a cat at each different phase of life. Feed the right proportion of an all-life stages diet based on age, activity level, and weight.
Growing puppies need higher levels of nutrients, like protein and fat than adult and senior pets. An all life stages diet meets these specific nutritional needs.
Keep in mind that diets designed for large-breed puppies will also have controlled calcium levels to support healthy bone growth.
An all life stages diet is acceptable for healthy senior dogs. Just make sure you follow the feeding guidelines on the packaging. Senior dogs sometimes need lower levels of fat and calories than younger, more active dogs due to reduced activity levels and metabolism. The same goes for any less active or overweight dogs.
So use the feeding guidelines, and your best judgment, based on the body score chart, to reduce the amount fed each day to find the optimal daily intake for your dog.
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