Feeding the best puppy food possible

The best puppy food provides the right balance of nutrients, calories and satisfaction. Here's everything you should look out for when it's time to feed your new furry friend.

The Best Puppy Food Starts with Science

Just like a baby, your puppy needs food that provides a specific balance of nutrients for the first year of life.

Puppies Have Specific Nutritional Needs

A lot goes on during your puppy’s first year of life, and the best puppy food is one that can keep up with their growing nutritional requirements. Omega-3 fatty acids and DHA will support your pup’s brain and eye development, while higher levels of calcium will aid his growing skeletal system, plus protein to support muscle growth.

Here's everything you should look out for when it's time to feed your new furry friend.

A Healthy Feeding Schedule

Puppies eat a lot and they eat often, but too much can lead to begging and weight issues. Use this puppy food calculator* to find a proper feeding schedule, and remember: size, age and breed are also factors, so check with your veterinarian first.

Weight of Dog Growth less than 4 months (Pregnancy weeks 7 - 9) Growth 4 to 9 months (Pregnancy weeks 5 - 6) Growth 10 to 12 months (Pregnancy weeks 1 - 4)
2 lb (0,9 kg) 1/2 cup (50 g) 3/8 cup (35 g) 1/3 cup (35 g)
5 lb (2,3 kg) 1 cup (100 g) 7/8 cup (85 g) 2/3 cup (65 g)
8 lb (3,6 kg) 1 1/2 cups (150 g) 1 1/4 cups (125 g) 1 cup (100 g)
10 lb (4,5 kg) 1 3/4 cups (175 g) 1 1/2 cups (150 g) 1 1/8 cups (110 g)
20 lb (9,1 kg) 3 cups (295 g) 2 1/2 cups (250 g) 2 cups (200 g)
40 lb (18 kg) 5 cups (495 g) 4 cups (395 g) 3 1/4 cups (320 g)
60 lb (27 kg) 6 2/3 cups (660 g) 5 1/2 cups (545 g) 4 1/3 cups (430 g)
80 lb (36 kg) 8 1/4 cups (815 g) 6 3/4 cups (670 g) 5 1/2 cups (545 g)
100 lb (45 kg) 9 3/4 cups (965 g) 8 cups (790 g) 6 1/2 cups (645 g)
120 lb (54 kg) 11 1/4 cups (1115 g) 9 1/4 cups (915 g) 7 1/2 cups (745 g)

*Based on Science Plan™ dog food recommendations

Feeding Options that Fit

Flavour is only part of your puppy's dining experience, which is why we provide a variety of options. Hill's puppy nutrition is field-tested with the dogs of our Pet Nutrition Center to ensure your little one will come running for mealtime.

Dry Puppy Food

Puppy kibble is designed to fit smaller mouths, and provide a texture and aroma that growing pups crave.

Wet Puppy Food

Feed canned puppy food as a meal, or as a delicious "topper" to dry puppy food.

Breed Size Makes a Difference

Large breed puppies (that grow to over 25kg when adult) are more susceptible to bone and joint issues due to their rapid growth. Talk to your vet to make sure your large pup is getting the right balance of nutrients.

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