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PUPPY VS ADULT FOOD

  • Topic: Puppy food vs Adult food
  • Audience: Puppy parents
  • Message: Puppy food has more nutritional requirements than adult food in order to avoid diseases as an adult
  • Purpose: Educate puppy parents about the importance of and need for optimal nutrition at the formative puppy months. How are they different and why should i care 
  • Key Terms: 
    • adult dog food
    • puppy food
    • dog nutrition
    • puppy nutrition
    • nutritional deficiency for puppy
  • Potential interviewees:
    • Sean J Delaney - Basic Nutrition Overview, Feeding the Healthy Dog
    • Andrea J Fascetti - Basic Nutrition Overview, Feeding the Healthy Dog
    • Jon J Ramsey - Determining Energy Requirements
    • Kathryn Michel - Nutritional Management of Body Weight
    • Dr. C
    • Dr. Marty Becker
    • Dr. Jennifer Coates - PetMD
    • Puppy owners who feed or have fed their pup one-size or adult dog food
    • miacamp@ucdavis.edu - Mia Campanelli - (studies under fascetti) 
  • Data/Questions/Quotes
    • Interview
      • What’s in puppy food that’s not in adult food?
      • How do the macronutrients differ?
      • What are key ingredients for puppy growth and what are their benefits/why are they important?
    • Survey
      • Do you recommend a one-size-fits-all dog food or separate puppy and adult dog food?
      • Can puppies eat adult food and vice versa?
      • Is puppy food worth the possible upcharge?
    • Research
      • Puppy food has twice the nutritional requirements as adult dog food - PetMD
      • “Puppy food also contains a high fat content for energy, which is why it is not recommended for adult dogs.” - PetMD
      • “a puppy should be fed puppy food until he reaches 80% of his expected adult size” - PetMD
      • “puppies need calories for all the energy they have, plus they need calories to support their growing bodies and bones” - Dog Food Insider
      • The main ingredients in dog food have significantly higher requirements in puppy food - Dog Food Insider
      • “Puppy food is all about getting the highest amount of calories into a tiny stomach to keep your puppy fueled until the next feeding”  - Dog Food Insider
      • “Feeding a puppy an adult dog food will put them at risk for not enough calories, slowing or stunting their growth”  - Dog Food Insider
      • Large breed puppies grow so fast that they are at risk for orthopedic diseases so they need customized puppy food  - Dog Food Insider