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Purina® Veterinary Diets essentialcare® Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food

Product Overview

Your puppy – cute, cuddly and curious as ever. Full of energy and feverish love, they are just beginning to explore the world. PURINA VETERINARY DIETS® essential care® Puppy Formula is designed to meet their unique needs. With a natural source of glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acids to help nourish healthy joints in growing puppies, vital antioxidants and natural milk proteins to help support a developing immune system, our veterinary healthcare team has covered the essentials so you can enjoy your time with your puppy! Veterinary exclusive product (only available at veterinary clinics).

Available Sizes
  • 3.6 kg & 8 kg bag

Ingredients & Nutrition

Chicken, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine), oat meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), fish meal (source of dha), dried egg product, fish oil, natural flavour, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, calcium carbonate, dried colostrum, Vitamin E supplement, L-lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, zinc sulphate, ferrous sulphate, manganese sulphate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulphate, garlic oil, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.  A-4498-C               

Made in the USA. Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada, 2500 Royal Windsor Drive, Mississauga, ON L5J 1K8

Animal feeding tests using Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) procedures substantiates that Purina Veterinary Diets essential care Puppy Formula provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages of dogs.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (Min)

28.0%

Crude Fat (Min)

17.0%

Crude Fibre (Max)

3.0%

Moisture (Max)

12.0%

Linoleic Acid (Min)

1.6%

Calcium (Ca) (Min)

1.0%

Phosphorus (P) (Min)

0.8%

Selenium (Se) (Min)

0.30 mg/kg

Vitamin A (Min)

15,000 IU/kg

Vitamin E (Min)

250 IU/kg

Docosahexaenoic Acid * (DHA) (Min)

0.05%

Glucosamine** (Min)

500 ppm

Omega-3 Fatty Acids** (Min)

0.45%

**Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

Feeding Guidelines

FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS

The following feeding program is recommended as a guideline only, with discretionary clinical adjustments for proper weight maintenance. 

Weight at Maturity (kg) Weight at Maturity (lbs) Feeding Amount*
1 1/2 - 3 Months (cups)
Feeding Amount*
4 - 5 Months (cups)
Feeding Amount*
6 - 8 Months (cups)
Feeding Amount*
9 - 11 Months (cups)
Feeding Amount*
1 - 2 Years (cups)
1 - 5 3 - 12 1/2 - 2/3 2/3 - 1 1/2 - 1 1/4 Feed as Adult Feed as Adult
6 - 9 13 - 20 1/2 - 1 1 - 1 1/2 3/4 - 1 1 - 1 1/4 1 - 1 1/4
10 - 22 21 - 50 1/2 - 1 1 2/3 - 2 1 1/4 - 2 2 - 2 1/4 2 - 3
23 - 34 51 - 75 1/2 - 1 3/4 1 1/2 - 3 1 1/3 - 3 2 1/2 - 3 2/3 2 3/4 - 4 2/3
35 - 45 76 - 100 3/4 - 2 2/3 2 1/3 - 4 1/2 3 - 5 7 - 8 1/2 5 3/4 - 8 1/4
Over 45 Over 100 2 2/3 cups plus 1/3 cup for each 4.5 kg (10 lbs) of body weight over 45 kg (100 lbs) 4 1/2 cups plus 1/3 cup for each 4.5 kg (10 lbs) of body weight over 45 kg (100 lbs) 5 cups plus 1/3 cup for each 4.5 kg (10 lbs) of body weight over 45 kg (100 lbs) 8 1/2 cups plus 1/3 cup for each 4.5 kg (10 lbs) of body weight over 45 kg (100 lbs) 8 1/4 cups plus 1/3 cup for each 4.5 kg (10 lbs) of body weight over 45 kg (100 lbs)

*Using a standard 250 ml (8 oz) measuring cup which contains approximately 117 g of PURINA VETERINARY DIETS essential care Puppy Formula.

PUPPY FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS

Start puppies on moistened Purina Veterinary Diets essential care Puppy Formula as early as they will nibble at solid foods, generally 3 to 4 weeks of age. Feed pups (to six months of age) all of the moistened or dry Purina Veterinary Diets essential care Puppy Formula they will consume at intervals throughout the day. If water is added, use no more than one part warm (not hot) liquid to four parts Purina Veterinary Diets essential care Puppy Formula, changing frequently to ensure freshness. If fed dry, this formula may be kept before pups at all times.

FEEDING FOR REPRODUCTION

Purina Veterinary Diets essential care Puppy Formula provides the extra nutrition needed by reproducing females in stages of gestation and lactation. Food consumption may vary during gestation, so feed the amount needed to maintain the pregnant female's good body condition. Food intake may double or even quadruple during lactation.

ADULT DOG FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS

Factors, such as a dog's metabolism, breed size, activity level, age and whether the dog is spayed or neutered, will affect the amount of Purina Veterinary Diets essential care Adult Formula For Dogs needed to maintain an ideal body condition. The pet experts at Purina have provided the feeding amounts indicated as a starting point. If you find that your dog is losing weight or becomes overweight when fed these amounts, please adjust accordingly. To help your dog maintain an ideal body condition, monitor your dog's weight on a regular basis, making sure that his ribs are easily felt and his waist is visible when viewed from above. Maintaining an ideal body condition can impact your dog’s lifelong health.

MAKING THE SWITCH TO PURINA VETERINARY DIETS essential care PUPPY FORMULA

Although you’ll be anxious to see the difference Purina Veterinary Diets essential care PUPPY FORMULA can make in your dog, please allow 7 to 10 days to ease the transition from his current food. Each day, simply feed a little less of the previous food and a little more Purina Veterinary Diets essential care Puppy Formula until you’re feeding Purina Veterinary Diets essential care Puppy Formula exclusively. This gradual transition will help avoid dietary upsets.

FRESH WATER, PROPER DIET & VETERINARY CARE

Be sure to provide fresh water in a clean container for your dog daily. Proper diet, exercise and veterinary care are the best ways to keep your dog healthy. If your dog hasn’t had a check-up in the past year, please make an appointment today.

STORE IN A COOL, DRY PLACE.

Calorie Content
Metabolizable Energy (ME)

4007 kcal/kg
469 kcal/cup

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Purina® Veterinary Diets essentialcare® Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food
  • 5/5
  • Sherry
  • May 14, 2016
Loyal pet owner from Moncton, NB, Canada
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Excellent Vet Recommended Food

I have had my 8 month old Goldendoodle on this since she was 8 weeks old as recommended by my vet. Never any digestion issues, gorgeous coat, high energy (she is a puppy , too) overall health is excellent. My dog also finds this food very palatable. I have compared price, quantity and quality and this beats them all.

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Purina® Veterinary Diets essentialcare® Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food
  • 5/5
  • KATP
  • February 22, 2018
Loyal pet owner from Blainville, QC, Canada

My Pup Loves It!

I switched to this food two weeks ago. my pup finally eats his food. It was recommended to me by my vet!

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Purina® Veterinary Diets essentialcare® Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food
  • 5/5
  • Sadie18
  • September 28, 2018
Loyal pet owner from Hamilton Ontario

Great food

My Labrador retriever was having issues with other food..direah and just not eating it...my vet suggested the Purina essential large puppy..she eats her food as soon as we put it down for her and no more direah!!!

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Purina® Veterinary Diets essentialcare® Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food
  • 5/5
  • Charizard
  • March 16, 2019
Loyal pet owner from St. Albert

Great choice

My 6 month old chihuahua is doing very well on this food ! I can rest assured knowing he is getting all the nutrition he needs

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