Role of DHA for Puppies and Kittens
April 28, 2020
Nutrition for growth
How a puppy or kitten is fed is critical for their future health. Certain nutrients are particularly important during the growth phase. Here we’ll focus on the Omega 3 fatty acid DHA, which is a major building block of the brain.
Nutrition for growth
How a puppy or kitten is fed is critical for their future health. Growing pets have nutrient requirements that are different from those of adult pets. Their diet must supply all the energy and nutrients required for maintenance as well as cater for the growth and development of this active life-stage.
A nutritionally complete and balanced diet specifically formulated for puppies or kittens should be fed until adulthood.
As a general guide:
Kittens and small breed puppies (under 10kg as adults) should be fed a growth diet until 12 months of age.
Medium breeds (10 to 25kg as adults) should receive puppy food until 15 months of age.
Large and giant breeds (over 25kg as adults) should be fed puppy food until around 21 months of age.
This may be provided by feeding either a wet or dry format or a mixture of the two. Certain nutrients are particularly important during growth and it is key that a puppy or kitten receives the right balance of nutrients.
Fat is an important source of energy for fuelling growth. The differences between one fat and another are mostly the result of different combinations of fatty acids in each. Let’s consider a specific type of fatty acid known as DHA.
What is DHA?
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is an Omega 3 fatty acid required for the normal development of the brain and nervous system of a puppy or kitten as they grow. DHA is one of the primary fats found in the brain, eyes and nerves.
How does DHA Help?
To help your puppy or kitten learn and develop, DHA should be included in their diet from birth to adulthood. Before weaning, puppies and kittens receive a source of DHA from their mother’s milk. After weaning, DHA needs to be supplied in the puppy or kitten food they consume. In pet foods, DHA is usually supplied through ingredients such as fish, fish meal and fish oil.
Studies have shown that puppies fed an enhanced DHA diet outperform puppies fed a typical DHA diet in learning and trainability tests.
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