There are three basic lifestages dogs and cats fall into, though precise ages vary between species and among breeds: kitten and puppy, 1 to 12 months; adult, 1 to 7 years; and senior, 7 years and older. "When choosing a food for your cat or dog, it is important to select a diet that has the right ingredients for that stage of your pet's life," said Katy Nelson, DVM, member of the Iams Pet Wellness Council. "Diet requirements â€“ including protein levels, calories and vitamins and minerals â€“ vary over the life of a pet and, in turn, an animal's needs change as he grows from a puppy or kitten, to an adult into a senior."
According to the survey, other factors pet owners consider most important when choosing food are ingredients (30%), expert advice (36%) and price (25%).
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As work continues on creating a new nutrition label that focuses on simplifying information for consumers, challenges remain.
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