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Pet nutrition advice from Cardiff’s experienced vet clinic

Feeding Your Pet

What you feed your pets can play a major role in keeping them happy and healthy. Your pet should be fed a complete and balanced diet of predominantly dry food. Supermarket products may not meet the recommended nutritional guidelines for your pet so look for the words ‘complete and balanced’ on the packet. Appropriate brands include Hills Science Diet, Royal Canin, Advance and Eukanuba. At our animal hospital we tend to recommend Science Diet to compliment our prescription diet range. Other vets in Newcastle may vary in their preference.

It is important to adjust how much you feed your pet according to their body condition, so that they do not become overweight. There are special senior diets available to help manage joint and obesity problems as your pet gets older.

In addition to the correct food, also provide free access to fresh water.


Puppies should stay on a complete and balanced 'puppy' food diet until 9-12 months old. Large breed puppies should stay on a 'large breed puppy' food diet until 12-18 months.

  • 12 weeks - feed 3 times a day
  • 3-9 months - feed twice daily
  • 9 months - feed 1-2 times daily (twice daily if a hungry dog!)


Kittens should be fed a complete and balanced 'kitten' food diet until 9-12 months old.

  • 12 weeks - feed 3 times daily
  • 3-6 months - feed 2 times daily
  • 6 months - feed once daily or 2 smaller meals
For more information please contact our vet clinic on 49547055 or call in to our Cardiff vet clinic, conveniently located in Cardiff town centre in the heasrt of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
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If you’re unsure about what you should be feeding your pet or think he/she may need to lose a few kilos, come in and have a chat with our friendly Nurses or call 02 4954 7055 .

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