puppy food for their best first year


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Good puppy care starts with great puppy food

A lot goes into your puppy’s first year of life, and you’ll want to make sure they have everything they need in terms of nutrition, exercise and overall puppy care. Here are some tips for the upcoming months.

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See the benefits of Science Plan puppy foods

Hill’s Science Plan provides science-based nutrition for your pup’s ever-changing needs as they grow. All Science Plan puppy foods offer:

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Great-tasting ingredients with high-quality protein

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Precise nutrition to support healthy skin, coat and stool

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Clinically proven antioxidants for a healthy immune system

Puppy care for their best first year

Know the challenges

Your pup is going to test your boundaries – it’s part of growing up! Here are some common puppy care issues that you can expect over the next few months.

  • Chewing
    Chewing is a normal behaviour and helps with teething discomfort. Be prepared with appropriate chew toys and feeding enrichment.
  • Socialization
    Expose your puppy to a variety of environments, people and other dogs in a fun, positive way.
  • Potty Training
    Once home, potty training your puppy is one of the first things you'll need to do.

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Make sure your puppy has a proper ID

You’ll want to make sure your puppy is microchipped, and they have a tag on their collar with your contact details clearly displayed.

Get your puppy vaccinated

Vaccinating your puppy can help to protect them from several major diseases.

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Find the right puppy food for your dog’s breed size

Small breed puppies (under 12 kg) have different nutrition needs compared to large breed puppies (greater than 25 kg). Make sure to find a dog food designed for their rate of growth.

Understanding your puppy’s nutrition

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How often should you feed your puppy?

Your puppy will need the right amount of nutrients to become a healthy adult. Here are some simple steps to help keep your puppy healthy:

  • Weigh your puppy regularly
  • Feed based on the feeding guide found on the pet food packaging and veterinary recommendations.
  • Adjust the amount you feed as your puppy grows.

Know how much to feed your puppy

Puppies need to eat often, but too much can lead to 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.

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*Based on Hill's Science Plan Kitten Food Chicken recommendations