puppy food for their best first year


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 Diet puppy foods

Hill’s Science Diet provides science-led nutrition for your pup’s ever-changing needs as they grow. All Science Diet 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

Your puppy’s growth guide

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Puppy care for their best first year

How to Read Your Puppy's Body Language

Understanding puppy body language will make it easier to communicate with your pup.

  • Eyes
    Squinting and droopy lids indicate happiness or pleasure, especially during an enjoyable activity like being petted.
  • Ears
    Ears flat against the back of their head is a sign of fear or submission.
  • Mouth
    A partially open mouth with a lolling tongue indicates a happy and relaxed puppy.

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Make sure your dog 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.

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

Small breed puppies (under 25 lbs) have different nutrition needs compared to large breed puppies (greater than 35 lbs). Make sure to find a dog food designed for their rate of growth.

Understanding your puppy’s nutrition

Hill’s Science Plan and Prescription Diet Dry Pet Food

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 per day

Overfeeding your puppy 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 Diet Medium Puppy Food Chicken recommendations

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