Feeding
 
“You are what you eat.” This rings true for your puppy as well. Nine Mile vets recommend choosing a high quality complete puppy food to feed your puppy and Hills Puppy is our food of choice. Our vets and nurses are happy to advise you on the best food for your puppy and we offer FREE sample packs of Hills Puppy at your puppy’s first consultation.
 
Some common questions about feeding:
 
Should I feed wet or dry?
There is no correct answer to this and is dependent on a number of factors. Dry food is generally easier to measure out accurately to ensure your puppy is being fed the right amount, and can help limit tartar development on your dog’s teeth. Wet food has a higher moisture content and so can be a great way of getting extra water into your dog. Nine Mile vets don’t, however, recommend feeding a mixture of wet and dry as it is difficult to accurately assess the calories being fed. Your vet or nurse will be happy to advise you further.
 
How many times a day should I feed my puppy?
Nine Mile vets recommend feeding puppies between 3-4 small meals per day, gradually reducing to 2 per day as they grow.
 
Should I give my puppy treats?
Sensible use of treats as a training aid and reward is fine as long as they are taken into consideration with regard to the total amount fed per day. It is surprising how the ‘occasional treat’ can soon add up and cause your pet to become overweight. Keeping aside a small amount of your puppy’s dry food to be used as treats is a good idea and can help reward your puppy when training.
 
 
Our Healthy Pet Club entitles members to the Hills Loyalty Card which can be used to claim FREE Hills food for your puppy, in addition to many other benefits. Please click here for more information.
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