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Active and Working Pets

What’s important for active dogs and cats?

  • Proper energy balance
  • Supporting joint and heart health
  • Stress management
  • Gut health and immunity

Common challenges

  • Meeting protein requirements without excessive calorie consumption
  • Preventing joint health issues, such as hip dysplasia and arthritis
  • Ensuring that nutrient requirements are met in order to protect the heart
  • Minimizing stress so as to protect the delicate gut microbiome

Tips for maximizing health and performance

  • Working and active dogs often require higher levels of protein, and it is important to remember that while dogs’ calorie needs decrease with age, their protein requirements tend to increase. Work with your veterinarian to decide which food will best meet your dog’s specific needs.
  • Provide antioxidants in the form of high-quality nutrients to help protect your dog’s joints and heart health and to maximize recovery.
  • Ensure that a constant supply of fresh, clean water is always available.
  • Aim to feed your active or working dog at least an hour after activity to minimize digestive upset and the potential for diarrhea.