The right food
for your little dog
Your small dog’s nutritional needs
At Hill’s we know how much you love your little dog. You treat him just like another member of your family. Since small dogs tend to live longer than larger breeds, they are also more exposed to free radicals. These can damage cells and DNA, particularly in the nervous and immune systems. Your dog’s body produces its own antioxidants, but adding more to his food provides additional protection.
Rich in antioxidants
100g of Hill's Science Plan Small & Miniature has as much vitamin E as 250g of almonds, a rich source of this vitamin.
You probably also love to have your little dog very close to you all day and to cuddle with him. That’s why, in addition to regular grooming, he needs food specially formulated to keep his teeth clean and his coat soft and shiny.
Since your small dog has a high metabolic rate, he requires more calories per kilogram of weight. And because he has such a small stomach, it’s better for him to eat 2 or more small meals over the course of the day. But be careful not to overfeed him.
We know that you want your small dog to have food that looks, smells, and tastes great, all with the right sized kibbles for his little mouth. That’s why we created Hill’s™ Science Plan™ Small & Miniature, which provides all the nutrition and protection your little dog needs!
Science Plan™ Small & Miniature
for a long, healthy life
With 100% of what little dogs need, and 0% of what they don’t, new Science Plan™ Small & Miniature is the recipe for a better life!
We specially tailored our dog food to your small breed dog’s needs so he can enjoy a long, healthy life with you. With your love and our protection, he’s in safe hands.
Strong immunity and a healthy, long life
Science Plan Small & Miniature is specially formulated with vitamin E and other clinically proven antioxidants to neutralise free radicals to give your dog a healthy, long life.
Great taste your dog will love
Science Plan Small & Miniature dog food is made with chicken and turkey as the No. 1 ingredient to give it a delicious, meaty flavour your dog will love.
Small kibbles for small mouths
Science Plan Small & Miniature pet food comes in an extra small, disc-shaped kibble specially designed to fit your small dog’s delicate mouth. And our specially designed crunchy kibbles with antioxidants support his oral health.
Small & Miniature
A great looking, soft and shiny coat
Special blend of Omega-6 fatty acids and other nutrients for healthy skin and a shiny coat
How often and how much
to feed your small dog
It’s important to feed your little dog the right amount of food at proper intervals, which can be tricky since these vary greatly from one dog to another. It’s critical to your dog’s health that his physical condition is monitored regularly and the feeding amount is adjusted as needed.
To help keep your adult dog healthy, we recommend these simple steps:
- Weigh your dog. Most vet clinics have scales you can use free of charge.
- To determine if your dog is in the correct weight range, ask your vet to use the body condition scoring (BCS) system.
- Feed your dog based on feeding guides and veterinary recommendations.
- Repeat from Step 1 and adjust the amount you feed if necessary.
We suggest that you or your vet evaluate your dog's physical condition every few months. For some dogs, your vet may suggest more frequent evaluations.
Giving your small breed
puppy the best start in life
For pets, as well as people, the best way to build a long, happy life is on a solid foundation of good health. Building that foundation is what the first months of life are all about. Small and miniature breed puppies are on a mission to grow. The food they eat largely determines whether they get off to a great start or face a higher risk of health problems down the road.
Remember these four key priorities when choosing your puppy's food:
1. Puppies need nutrition that meets the specific needs of their developing bodies that allows them to grow healthy and strong at just the right speed.
2. Puppies need high quality protein and optimal mineral levels to support optimal bone and muscle growth.
3. Antioxidants are important for building the healthy immune system that small and miniature breeds need to support a long life expectancy.
4. The addition of natural DHA to your puppy's food can support brain and vision development, which can help develop a smarter, more trainable pet.
What to do with a
Do you feed tasty and nutritious dog food to your pet, and yet he only sniffs and licks at it? Is there still food left over in his bowl from the last meal?
You may think your little dog wants or needs variety. In truth, your pet will happily eat the same food every day for life, provided it is a tasty, nutritious meal. Your dog is a descendent of opportunistic hunters that were accustomed to getting what they could, when they could.
Frequently, the cause of finicky eating in dogs isn't a result of their own behaviour. It's a result of ours. Feeding your dog table scraps or too many treats will not only raise the risk of obesity, it can also encourage finicky eating behaviour. Your dog avoids eating in the hope of getting more exciting food than what's in the bowl. The best thing to do in this situation is to stop feeding your dog from the table and to cut back on treats.
When your small or miniature breed dog was younger, if you tried offering several different foods to determine the right fit, you may have encouraged him to hold out for something better. If you're opening multiple cans of food and trying to coax your dog into eating something every meal, then he has trained you.
The most effective way to correct this behaviour is to help your dog understand that there are no options. Put out your dog's food for half an hour. If it's not eaten, take it away. When it's time for his next meal, put out food again and take it away after half an hour. After a day or two, he may start nosing around for extra treats. Stick to your strategy and don't give in! Your dog isn't starving. If he’s hungry, he will eat. You may have to endure some complaining, but this technique is very effective in stopping finicky behaviour.
If you're changing your dog's food, do it gradually. Start mixing in a bit of the new food with the old food, gradually increasing the amount of the new food as you reduce the amount of the old food. This will be very helpful in getting your dog used to the new food and avoiding a hunger strike. If you're switching from wet food to dry food, try mixing a bit of warm water with the dry food. Don't leave out wet food for too long as it may spoil, especially in hot weather.
If your dog suddenly becomes finicky after not previously displaying that kind of behaviour, a medical disorder could be to blame. Watch out for vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy or weight loss. And don't hesitate to take your dog to the vet if you think there's a problem.