How to Fuel Your Dog Like an Elite Athlete

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic

Being a pet parent to an active dog means you get to live every day to the fullest, with your best friend by your side. Energetic dogs are always ready for an adventure, so you had better be ready, too!

Having an active dog comes with its unique set of challenges. One of the most important ones to overcome is making sure that your pet’s diet and lifestyle support their health and needs.

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Why the Right Nutrition is Crucial for Athletic Dogs

Active dogs need more energy to go through their daily activities, so it is particularly important that they are provided with a nutritionally balanced diet that meets their increased caloric needs.

An active dog requires more calories in their diet than a dog who doesn’t lead an active lifestyle. That doesn’t mean that they simply need more food to keep them fueled – it means that their meals need to contain optimal levels of protein and healthy fats to meet their metabolic needs and help maintain lean muscle. In other words, a formula made specifically for active or working dogs will provide the nutrition your pet needs to reach their potential.

Purina Pro Plan Sport Provides Tailored Formula to Fuel Active Dogs

To better understand the unique needs of active dogs, it’s best to start viewing them as a canine version of elite athletes – their bodies are simply made for more and need different types of fuel to optimize their performance and support their overall health, as well. Luckily, nutritionists at Purina managed to successfully create ideally balanced food for the needs of active dogs, as their line of Pro Plan Sport formulas provides advanced nutrition for the strength and stamina these four-legged athletes require to stay in top form.

This specially-made food is designed to fuel energetic dogs for their active lifestyle, with optimal levels of protein and fat, with real meat as the first ingredient for a protein-rich, wholesome diet that will help support their overall health. Additionally, the formulas include antioxidants to help support the immune system, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals to make it a complete and balanced diet perfect for your active pup's unique nutritional needs.

The Purina Pro Plan Sport line includes both wet and dry food and is perfect for active dogs of all ages, as each option contains amino acids that help nourish muscles after exercise, glucosamine and EPA to help keep those active joints healthy and mobile, and essential fatty acids to help promote healthy skin and coat, too. You can even go a step further to nourish your high-performance dog with one of Purina’s 30/20 formulas, as they are made to optimize oxygen metabolism (VO2 Max) for increased endurance. Just what any canine athlete needs to excel! 

Most Pro Plan Sport products can be fed to dogs of any age; however, Pro Plan Spot also offers formulas with target nutrition for puppies and senior dogs. Pro Plan Sport Puppy dry formulas contain ingredients that help promote concentration, problem-solving capabilities, and the overall trainability of your pet, helping you direct that puppy energy into productive behavior. When your dog reaches adulthood, they will be at their most active years of life, which requires a diet that helps support and fuel them, and a formula that helps nourish muscles after exercise with protein and fat levels to help power up their metabolic needs. For active older dogs, Purina’s Sport formulas made for seniors will help support mobility and joint health and help promote cognitive health, to help keep your aging pooch as sharp and as agile as they can be in this stage of their life.

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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