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Kitten & Puppy Nutrition by Dr. Katy Nelson

Bringing a new puppy or kitten home for the first time is so exciting, and there are many things you need to plan for ahead of time. One of the most important is how you will nourish your new little one. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions from new pet parents:


How long does it take for my puppy or kitten to grow into an adult?

This answer is very dependent upon the size your pet will be as an adult.  Kittens and puppies grow at an incredible rate from birth to about six months old. After six months, kittens and small breed dogs’ growth rate starts to slow down as muscles begin to fill out and bones begin to harden.  Large and giant breed dogs, however, can continue to grow for up to two years! The best way to ensure your pet’s growth stays on the right track is to provide them with regular veterinary care and proper nutrition.


I don’t like the food my puppy or kitten was eating before, how do I make a change?

For the first week or two after you bring your new pet home, it’s best to continue feeding them the same type and brand of food they were eating before. Changing their diet too quickly can cause gastrointestinal upset.  Once they’re settled and you’re ready for a change, gradually increase the new food and decrease the old food over a period of 7-10 days or until they are eating 100% of the new food.




Do I need to buy special kitten or puppy food?

Typically kitten and puppy food contains higher levels of protein and fat per serving than adult food to help support their rapid development, but buying it is not necessary. If a pet food is labeled “complete & balanced for all life stages” it is appropriate for young and old alike. However, you will need to adjust the amount you feed so be sure to talk with your veterinarian about the proper amount for your pet’s life stage and carefully read the recommended feeding guidelines on the packaging.




How much should I feed my puppy or kitten?

In general, kittens and puppies from two to fourteen months old should be fed up to twice the normal adult requirement. Every couple of months, as their growth rate slows down, you will need to reduce the amount they eat to keep them from becoming overweight. To sustain their energy levels even throughout the day, I recommend splitting their daily feeding amount into three or four smaller meals. Giving your new bundle of joy treats is okay in moderation, as long as they do not account for more than 10% of their daily caloric intake.


As always, be sure to check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet.  Best of luck with your new addition!

Establishing a Fresh Start in your New Puppy or Kitten

Bringing a new pet home is as exciting as unwrapping a birthday present. You can hardly wait to start playing with it! As a new pet parent, you are in for one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life. While it will take some work, you have a lot of great things to look forward to. When bringing home a young pet like a puppy or kitty, it’s important establish healthy habits right from the get go. As your pet’s parent, it’s your job to give her the best food, exercise and lifestyle that you can give. Thankfully, you’re not alone. Our own Dr. Katy has given us some helpful advice as to what you can do to establish a true Fresh Start for your new puppy or kitty.


Choosing the right food


First off, you must come to the realization that there is no “one size fits all” food. However, there is a diet out there that may be perfect for YOUR pet. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right food for your pet. Age, breed, reproductive status (spayed or neutered vs. intact), size, lifestyle and any disease conditions should always play into your decision making. Always have the discussion with your veterinarian about what her nutritional recommendations are for your pet so you don’t walk into the often-intimidating pet food aisle uninformed.


When considering the ingredients of the food your puppy will eat, look no further than the kinds of food you eat yourself: fresh, real ingredients. Not only do recipes made with fresh ingredients taste better, but eating fresh is healthier for your puppy or kitten as well. Feeding a new puppy fresh food, like Freshpet Select Chicken Recipe for puppies, will establish a great nutritional base for years to come. And for new kittens, I recommend Freshpet Select Roasted Meals for Cats Chicken Recipe, a delicious meal made with real chicken and ocean whitefish, accented with carrots and spinach. These recipes are made with high-protein and nutrient-rich ingredients with no preservatives, and will help your pets grow healthy, happy and strong.


One of the best parts of feeding a fresh diet is that you’ll actually see many healthy improvements in your pet’s life, like increased energy, a shiny coat, and healthy weight. You can keep track of your young pet’s progress with your very own Fresh Start scorecard to see just how well she’s doing.


For a limited time, Freshpet is giving pet parents a special offer to help new puppies and kittens get the Fresh Start they deserve. Grab yours today and see the difference fresh food can make in your pet.


New Pets and Exercise


If you’ve brought home an excited new dog or cat, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time running around with and after her. And that’s a great thing! But there are a few things to remember when exercising with a new pet. The first thing to remember is consistency: exercise like walks and playing ball is great for a dog’s training and health development, so make sure to stay consistent with her schedule, don’t make your pup into a weekend warrior! New technology like Whistle can help you monitor her activity, letting you know how much exercise she’s getting and providing helpful tips based on your pet’s breed and age. Use Whistle to help set a standard for your pup’s exercise regimen.


Also, it’s important that you pay attention to your dog’s energy level. If you have an especially young pup, she may not have enough muscle to sustain long periods of exercise. So if she starts to overheat and get tired, give her some water and a rest.


Finally, give your pet a mini-check up after an exercise session. She should be tired but not exhausted, and a little hungry! If her behavior seems a little off after a long walk or exercise, take her to the vet right away! For new pups, also be sure to check on their feet—running on cement can be tough on your dog’s still developing paws!


A new pet is such a wonderful experience. Pet parents, its up to you to give your new pup or kitty the Fresh Start she needs and deserves. Enjoy the ride, it’s going to be a wonderful one!

U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Gus Kenworthy and the Sochi Pups are Going Fresh!

Back in February, the hearts of pet lovers everywhere were captured by the story of U.S. Olympic Slopestyle Skier Gus Kenworthy, and his adopted dogs from Sochi, Russia.


Gus met a litter of puppies living close to the athlete’s village in Sochi. The avowed animal lover fell in love with them immediately and pledged to bring the mother and her puppies home with him. Sadly, two of the pups didn’t make it, but the remaining three dogs were brought to the States with the help of Gus’ friend and photographer, Robin Macdonald, and the Humane Society International.


Fast forward to the present, and the Sochi pups are living in Denver with Gus and Robin, adjusting to their new life. They’re loving their new home in Colorado and are looking and feeling better than ever. Check out the Sochi Pups on Instagram to see Jake, Mishka, and Mama sleeping, playing and loving their new lives.


We were so inspired by this story and wanted to help in any way we could. Fortunately, on a Today Show appearance in February, Gus met our friend Dr. Katy Nelson and was introduced to Freshpet. We decided then and there that those amazing dogs deserved to eat real, fresh food, and Gus agreed. So we started the Sochi pups on a fresh food diet by sending Gus and Robin a supply of Freshpet meals and treats. And (not surprisingly) they have enjoyed every last bit of it.


According to Gus, the Vital Balanced Nutrition Chicken Recipe with Peas, Carrots & Brown Rice has been their hands-down favorite. He can’t even make it to the fridge to get his own food without the dogs rushing to him, expecting their Freshpet to come out of it! And just by looking at the photos on their Instagram, we can already tell the Freshpet Effect is starting to take place: beautiful, smooth coats, clearer eyes and happy faces!


But there’s more! We’ve got a special announcement regarding Gus and the Sochi pups. Check back in with us on June 16th to be one of the first to hear about this very exciting program and how you can join in.

10 Things You Should Do Before Bringing Home Your New Puppy

Congratulations on your new Puppy! Before you bring your furry friend home, make sure you prep your house and family for his arrival. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has put a list together of the top 10 things you should do before you bring home your pup.


1. Stock Up On Supplies Essentials include food and water bowls, safe chew toys, grooming tools, a harness, an identification tag and bedding. Start your new pup on Freshpet Select Chicken, Vegetable, & Rice, a wholesome, high protein, vitamin-rich food that he or she is sure to love. Depending on the age and weight of your new pup, make sure to follow the proper feeding guidelines for puppies.


2. Distribute Responsibilities Decide who is going to be responsible for what before bringing your pooch home. Who will walk the dog, when will the dog be fed, who will take the dog to the vet? These are just a few things that need to be decided to avoid conflict in the household.


3. Establish House Rules Before bringing your new pup home, you need to decide what behaviors are encouraged, and which are forbidden? Consistency is the key to training dogs, so make sure everyone will stick to enforcing the new system.


4. Be Consistent in Training Do the little one a favor and be consistent with the terms you plan to associate with various commands. You could even write out a list of all the words you want to use so everyone will use the same commands.


5. Dog-proof Your Pup’s Environment Tuck electrical cords out of the way, install safety latches in lower kitchen cabinets, put pillows out of reach, etc. Make sure items that are dangerous to ingest are off floor level.


6. Learn Some Handy Housetraining Tips If your new pooch is not yet housetrained, determine where his indoor “potty spot” will be. Figure out your plan to housetrain him, and coordinate with the entire household.


7. Consider a Crate Crates often give dogs a sense of security by offering them a place that is all their own. Providing your new pooch with his or her own safe and secure spot will help them adjust more quickly.


8. Make it Legal Find out about your community’s dog licensing rules and apply for a license. This information can usually be found by visiting your state’s department of agriculture website. You can also ask your local shelter for information about the rules.


9. Make a Vet Appointment Bring your new canine to a caring veterinarian for a wellness exam within one week after adoption. Ask friends or family for referrals or you can look online for veterinarian reviews.


10. Combat Sibling Rivalry If you have a dog in your house already, before you introduce the new hound, pick up anything your resident dog might guard, such as food bowls, bones, toys and beds. Even if your dog has never exhibited possessive tendencies, it is best to exercise caution.


Make sure to visit our Fresh Forum to engage with other first time dog and cat owners. We would love to get your input!