Puppies and their nutrition at seven months old
By this time your puppy will be starting to build their body mass, so their nutritional requirement now is for protein. However, it needs to be the right sort; a high-quality and easily digestible protein to make it easy for their bodies to absorb and "re-use" the amino acids, building healthy body tissue and antibodies. The protein to calorie ratio should be higher in a puppy's diet than in an adult dog because they're growing rapidly. Without protein, they can suffer reduced natural defenses, poor skin and fur, and remain under-developed. Keep an eye on their portion sizes to make sure they don't become overweight during this crucial phase.
Nutrition for 10-month-old puppies
X-small and small breed dogs will be nearing their adult stage by 10 months old, whereas larger dogs still have a while to go. All dogs at this point need nutritional support for their joints, particularly large and giant dogs, as their muscles will be filling out and exerting pressure on their skeleton. Glucosamine and chondroitin are two important nutrients; these help to nourish the cartilage and the fluid which helps with normal joint function. Without these, growing puppies can end up suffering from joint problems later in life.
Adult dogs and nutrition
As an adult, your dog will need a carefully balanced diet to avoid gaining weight. It's estimated over a quarter of all adult dogs are obese, and this can place undue pressure on bones, joints and organs, reducing your dog's quality of life. If you've given your puppy the right, nutritionally balanced food through those critical early months, while following recommended feeding amounts, by the time it reaches adulthood it should be a healthy and happy dog.
If you are unsure of how best to feed your puppy to ensure they are given the best nutrition for their age and lifestyle, speak to your vet who will be able to offer recommendations.