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Nutritional needs of Puppies/Kittens

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! The first year of a pet’s life lays the foundation for a long and happy life. Proper nutrition is a critical part of this equation. Your kitten or puppy needs precise levels of essential nutrients to stay his or her healthiest throughout life.

Your kitten requires a food that provides taurine and other nutrients he or she needs for proper growth and development. Starting your kitten off with proper nutrition is a vital step in ensuring he or she will grow into an active, healthy cat. Feeding him or her a properly formulated kitten food helps fuel his or her growth.

A growing puppy also needs precise levels of essential nutrients to stay his or her healthiest. To meet the growth and developmental requirements of puppies, their bodies require a puppy food with increased amounts of energy, protein and calcium compared to adult dogs’ needs. The precise nutritional requirements depend on the breed and size of your puppy.  For example, a large breed puppy (who will grow to be more than 55 pounds at maturity) needs a puppy food formulated to ensure proper bone and muscle growth and the right amount of energy. Your small breed puppy may enjoy a puppy food with a smaller kibble. Precise nutrition is crucial to any dog’s health, so make sure your puppy is getting everything he or she needs from day one.

It’s easy to get confused or overwhelmed by all the pet foods on the market. We can help you weed through the choices and find a puppy or kitten food that will meet your growing pet’s specific nutritional needs. We carry many nutritionally balanced, veterinary-approved brands in our clinic. We proudly carry and recommend Hill’s® Science Diet® Kitten and puppy pet foods to meet your growing pet’s nutritional needs.

Feel free to ask us for a food recommendation or to contact us with any nutrition questions or concerns you might have. We’re happy to help!