Dog Food Life Stage Definitions:
Puppy age range is 1-12 months for most breeds. Large and giant breeds (55 lbs. and up) are classified as puppies for 0-18 months. Regular puppy formulas (growth formulas) contain extra protein and fat to encourage proper muscle and skeletal development. Large-breed puppy foods are designed to optimize the growth rate, thereby reducing the risk of hip and joint diseases that can result from too rapid growth of large breeds.
Adult foods contain moderate levels of protein, fat and carbohydrates for dogs ages 13 months and up. However, large and giant breeds are considered adult at a later stage, normally 13-18 months. Special high-energy foods (i.e. premium performance, high-energy, etc.) are designed for highly active adult dogs requiring increased calories.
Lite/Reduced Calorie Food:
Products labeled "lite" are subject to strict industry rules and therefore must contain no more than 1409 calories/lb. "Reduced calorie", "reduced fat", and "less active" labeled products are not subject to this definition and therefore may be higher in calorie content. If the objective is weight reduction, larger calorie reductions result in greater weight loss.
Senior dog age normally starts at age 6-7 years for most breeds. These foods have reduced fat levels and increased fiber levels to help older, more sedentary dogs maintain a desirable weight level. These foods also have reduced salt and phosphorus levels.
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