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Nutrition For Puppies & Kittens

Balance Find the perfect balance

Good nutrition is about the correct ingredients; with the right balance of nutrients to promote good health and quality of life. Excess nutrients can be just as concerning as a deficiency of nutrients. Some of the health concerns associated with an improper balance of certain nutrients include the following:

  • Excess phosphorous = bone loss, bladder stones, weight loss, hardening of organic tissue and hyperparathyroidism
  • Insufficient phosphorous = decreased growth, appetite or fertility; dull coat, fractures
  • Excess salt = exacerbates heart disease and high blood pressure, constipation, seizures and itchiness
  • Insufficient salt = decreased growth, anorexia, fatigue, exhaustion, hair loss

You can be sure by feeding Hill's Science Diet pet foods, you are providing the correct balance of nutrients for puppies and kittens. It is important to feed your puppies and kittens high quality premium food to give them the best possible start for a healthy life. Hill's Science Diet provides precisely balanced nutrition to meet puppies & kittens special needs.

Hill's Science Diet has the following benefits for puppies & kittens:

  • Meat as the first ingredient
  • Clinically proven antioxidant blend containing vitamins E and C, beta-carotene and selenium to support the puppies & kittens immune system
  • DHA from high-quality fish oil for brain and vision development
  • Supports joint mobility and joint development
  • Precisely balanced to promote ideal body weight
  • Reduced calcium to support bone and joint development
  • No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
  • Highly palatable

Balance How and when to feed puppies & kittens

It's important to feed puppies and kittens the right amount of food at proper intervals. Puppies & kittens need the right amount of nutrients in order to grow and become a healthy adult. It's critical to puppies & kittens health that their physical condition is monitored regularly and that the feeding amount is adjusted as they grow.

  • To help keep puppies & kittens healthy, Hill's recommends following these simple steps:
  • Weigh puppies & kittens regularly
  • Food offering should be based on†provided feeding guides and veterinary recommendations. Veterinary†feeding advice is very important for large breed puppies, which have very specific nutritional needs, to ensure healthy bone and joint development
  • As puppies and kittens grow, adjust the amount you feed accordingly

Switching Food Switching Food:

If switching puppies & kittens to Hill's Science Diet, gradually introduce it over a 7-day period. Do this by mixing the current food with increasing proportions of the Hill's Science Diet food, until only Hill's Science Diet is being fed.

FoodTransition

Vet You and your vet:

Your vet is the best source of information about the health and wellbeing of puppies and kittens. Ask your vet to advise regularly on your puppies and kittens weight because achieving and maintaining a pet's ideal weight reduces certain health risk, and leads to a more energetic, longer and healthier life.

Ask your veterinarian which of these three feeding methods is best for your pet:

  • Free Choice: Food is available to your pet at all times
  • Time-Limited Feeding: Food is available to your pet for a limited time
  • Meal Feeding: A measured amount of food is available to your pet at specific meal times each day

Water Water
Puppies & kittens must have an adequate supply of fresh water at all times. Not having water to drink for a sustained length of time is harmful to their health.

Bone Treats
Although it's tempting to give puppies & kittens table scraps, these do not provide them with the correct balance of nutrients. Only use premium treats designed for puppies & kittens - and give them sparingly.

Dog The next step
When puppies & kittens reach maturity, their nutritional needs will be different to when they were young. They need to move on to an adult food that will provide them with specific nutrients, vitamins and minerals, in the correct balance for their age and size. Hill's Science Diet can provide exactly that. The life stage range is tailored to keep dogs and cats in the best of health throughout their whole life, whatever the age, size or lifestyle.

Please note: Any information we provide is general information only, for professional advice please seek a veterinarian.