feeding guide

Feeding Guide

Puppy

Puppies can be weaned onto Clinivet Puppy from three to four weeks of age. For the first few feeds, the product should be soaked thoroughly in lukewarm (not boiling) water.

How much food for dog growth? Puppies need a total of 30 – 50g of food per kg of body weight per day and this total should be divided into a number of daily feeds. Very young puppies need four to five feeds per day. From four months of age this can be reduced to two or three feeds per day up to 12 months of age. It is important to keep fresh drinking water available at all times.

 

Large Breed Puppy

Clinivet Large Breed Puppy is suitable for the larger breed of dog (those which will have an expected adult weight of greater than 45kg). Puppies can be weaned onto Clinivet Large Breed Puppy dog food from three to four weeks of age. For the first few feeds, the pet foods should be soaked thoroughly in lukewarm (not boiling) water.

Puppies need a total of 30 – 50g of dog food per kg of body weight per day and this total should be divided into a number of daily feeds. Very young puppies need four to five feeds per day. From four months of age this can be reduced to two or three feeds per day up to 12 months of age. It is important to keep fresh drinking water available at all times.

Please note this should be used as a guide as your dog’s needs may vary depending on age, size and condition.

Clinivet Adult Junior, Adult Senior, Adult Light & Adult Energy

When introducing Clinivet Adult Junior, Clinivet Adult Senior, Clinivet Adult Light or Clinivet Adult Energy, do so gradually over several days. These dogs need a total of 10 to 20g of dog food per kg of body weight per day.

Clinivet Adult Small & Adult Large

When introducing Clinivet Adult Small or Clinivet Adult Large, do so gradually over several days. These dogs need a total of 10 to 30g of food per kg of body weight per day.

Adjust this if necessary to maintain the ideal body weight. We suggest this amount should be split into two daily feeds. This food can be fed dry or moist. It is important to keep fresh drinking water available at all times.

Feeding Guide For Clinivet Trays

Feeding Guidelines – From a Puppy to Adulthood

A puppies energy demands are huge and when compared to their weight are far greater than those of any adult dog. The rate of growth of a puppy is rapid and nutritionally demanding, therefore extreme care should be taken to ensure the food given to a puppy is a complete balanced diet providing all the essential nutrients specifically tailored for a puppies needs.

The growth rate of a puppy is critical and the feeding guide on a puppy food is very important and should be carefully adhered to. Feeding guides are developed to take into account allot of intrinsic factors that are all vital to ensure a complete balance diet is provided. Feeding guides are developed by trained nutritionists that follow strict guidelines and parameters to ensure a safe and controlled plan is maintained for growth.

Overfeeding puppies is extremely dangerous and puppies should never be allowed to feed ad libitum. This can result in skeletal deformities especially in large and giant breeds. Weight gain closely monitored.

At the 5-6 month stage of development the puppy will have reached 50% of its body weight and you can reduce the number of meals down to 2 per day, one morning and one evening. The level of food intake should also reduce still following the feeding guidelines provided. It is good to get into the habit of feeding your dog at set times each day rather than leaving food out all the time so they learn a schedule. The exceptions are sometimes tiny breeds such as Chihuahuas, who can be prone to hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and it is therefore advisable to allow them food to nibble on all the time.

Never feed your puppy from the table.

As the puppy grows and reaches 80 – 90% of its adult weight this is when you would look to change it over to an adult food. This varies greatly between breeds; Toy, small and some medium breeds will mature at approximately 9months of age where as a large breed like a Labrador will mature between 9-12 months. Giant breeds like a Great Dane will mature at 12-18months of age.

The actual change over from puppy to adult food should be done gradually over a period of approximately a week. Ideally start with ¼ adult food and ¾ puppy food for a few days then move to ½ and ½ again for a few days. Once they are settled on this change to ¼ puppy food and ¾ adult food again for a few days. Once this is established and the dog is happy on this level of feeding the move can be made to 100% adult food.

As with all feeding, care should be taken to monitor the weight of your dog at regular intervals. Ideally pop along to your vets monthly to begin with to weigh your dog and note any weight fluctuations. Most vets have scales in their waiting room that your dog can use free of charge. Vets will encourage you to monitor the weight of your dog and keep it within healthy parameters. Once happy with your dogs plateaued weight you can reduce visits to your vets to weigh your dog to once every couple of months. Remember responsible pet ownership is vitally important to keeping your dog fit and healthy.

 

Clinivet Kitten

Kittens can be weaned onto Clinivet Kitten from three to four weeks of age. For the first few feeds, the pet foods should be soaked thoroughly in lukewarm (not boiling) water.

Kittens need a total of 15 – 30g of food per kg of body weight per day and this total should be divided into a number of daily feeds. Very young kittens need four to five feeds per day. From four months of age this can be reduced to two or three feeds per day up to 12 months of age. It is important to keep fresh drinking water available at all times.

Clinivet Adult Cat

When introducing Clinivet Adult Cat cat food, do so gradually over several days. Adult cats need a total of 10 to 20g of cat food per kg of body weight per day. Adjust this if necessary to maintain the ideal body weight. It is important to keep fresh drinking water available at all times.

Clinivet Senior Cat & Light Cat

When introducing Clinivet Senior Cat or Clinivet Light Cat cat food, do so gradually over several days. The elderly cat needs a total of 20 to 30g of cat food per kg of body weight per day. The overweight cat needs approximately 10 to 20g of cat food per kg of body weight per day. Adjust this if necessary to maintain the ideal body weight. It is important to keep fresh drinking water available at all times.

If you are introducing Clinivet cat food for the first time, it is important to introduce the pet food gradually over a period of seven days. Any sudden changes in the diet can lead to problems with the digestive system, such as an upset stomach and diarrhoea.