Puppy & Kitten Nutrition Notes

Urban Pets

No matter what species you are, being a new parent is a daunting and sometimes confusing new role to step into. Welcoming a newborn puppy or kitten into the world is certainly easier than a human baby, but the list of questions that come with this full time job is just as long! Do not fret new pet-parents, Pet Project is here to answer any questions you might have! Newborns need their mother’s milk until three (3) weeks of age. Puppies and kittens that are found abandoned during this period of their lives still need those essential nutrients they get from mom, that is why we carry Kitten Milk Replacement (KMR) and Esbilac for puppies from PetAg, along with infant feeding kits to help you fill their tiny bellies! After weaning our puppies and kittens from mom’s milk or formula (around 3 weeks), it’s time to start them on a simple wet food diet. Foods such as Wellness 95% Canned Formula for dogs and Merrick Purrfect Bistro for cats have high fat and moisture content that is essential for healthy growth from three (3) to eight (8) weeks. Most of us adopt our babies starting at eight (8) weeks of age. This is the earliest it is safe to wean puppies and kittens from their mom’s guidance and protection. Now is also the time to transition your puppy or kitten to dry food if that’s the diet you’ve chosen for your baby! From now through six (6) months your puppy or kitten will eat two (2) to four (4) times as much as an adult dog or cat! Puppy and Kitten formulas contain higher protein and fat levels as well as vitamins and minerals that are needed to keep a young animal healthy! Keep in mind that what is good for your puppy varies by their breed and size! Large breed dogs require food with lower calcium and phosphorus levels than other puppy foods to help protect their young bones and joints. Excess levels of calcium and phosphorus can contribute to skeletal problems by causing the joints to grow at a rapid rate. Orijen offers an excellent Large Breed Puppy formula that is more protein focused; NOW Fresh! Grain Free Small Breed Recipe is a more fat focused diet for small breed dogs of all life stages. For the fuzzy kitten in your life check out NOW Fresh! Kitten Recipe or Wellness Kitten Health! Adopting a puppy or kitten is an unequaled act of kindness; it’s also a lot of work. Please reply, e-mail us at petprojectla@gmail.com, or stop by Pet Project, 548 S. Spring St. Unit 107, Los Angeles, CA 90013 and bring us all your questions and concerns. We would love to help you on this new and exciting adventure and welcome your new baby into the Pet Project family! -XE Davis, Pet Project Team Member

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