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Features December 2016 Issue

New Labels to Appear on Puppy Food Will Make It Easy to Pick the Right Diet for Your Dog

Size matters. Puppies who will become large or giant-breed dogs need different food from puppies who will grow to small or medium size.

New Labels to Appear on Puppy Food Will Make It Easy to Pick the Right Diet for Your Dog

Now on the books: a formal recognition that puppies who will grow into large or giant dogs have their own set of nutrition requirements — and therefore need food that differs from what works for small and medium-size dogs.

For years, the Statement of Nutritional Adequacy in small print on bags and cans of dog food has had the same wording about “complete and balanced nutrition,” with additional wording to indicate whether the food was for puppies, adult dogs, or pregnant or lactating bitches. In the case of puppies, the wording had to say “for growth” or “for all life stages."

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