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A balanced diet could go a long way to ensuring that your canine companion lives a long and healthy life

There are so many varieties of dog food available today, and the majority of them make up complete diets. However, there are lots of factors to consider when you make your decision about your dog’s diet. You need to think about your dog’s:


  • Age
  • Breed
  • Energy Levels
  • Size
  • Exercise requirements
  • Medical requirements
  • Dental health
  • Weight
  • Taste requirements


A puppy grows into an adult dog in just 12 months, so during the first year of their life they require specific nutrients to help them grow and develop healthily. Once your dog is fully grown, however, their dietary needs will change.

At one year old your dog can move onto a maintenance diet, which can be given to them for the next few years until they become senior. This will provide your companion with the correct energy levels and nutritional balance for their lifestyle and breed.

It’s extremely important your dog doesn’t consume more calories than they are able to use up as part of their typical daily routine and lifestyle. As with humans, excess food will eventually turn into fat, which could cause serious problems for your pet in the future.

Our friendly and knowledgeable team are always more than happy to answer any questions you might have, or make recommendations for your pet’s diet according to their size, breed and lifestyle. Simply ask us next time you are in practice, or call to make an appointment on 091 868572.

Registered Company: Independent Vet Care Ireland Ltd | Registered Number: 633559 | Registered Addr.: 2 Shelbourne Buildings, Crampton Avenue, Shelbourne Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 D04 W3V6