Diet Advice

What do I feed my puppy or kitten?

This is probably the most important decision you are going to make for your new member of the family.

It is essential to feed the correct diet for the stage of growth your puppy or kitten is at.

We recommend our Virbac HPM  life stage diets.

Virbac HPM is a high quality scientifically advanced range of nutritional pet food products, formulated by veterinary surgeons and nutritionists, tailored to the specific health and life stage requirements of your pet

The benefits of feeding Virbac HPM life stage diets;

  • Protein source is a human grade meat
  • Highly digestible so good for young tummies
  • Low allergen formulation
  • Smaller stools due to high digestible content
  • High protein (30% more) and low carbs (40% less) which is essential for carnivores
  • Dental/tartar protection
  • Skin and coat support
  • Joint and muscle support
  • Assists weight management
  • Helps to maintain renal function
  • Palatability guarantee – 100% money back guarantee if your pet doesn’t like it
  • Costs per day are cheaper than 2 main market leaders – Hills and Royal Canin

Virbac HPM also offers a loyalty scheme at Caerphilly Vet Clinic – buy 5 bags and get the 6th free (* same size bags and life stage to be eligible). Just ask for your loyalty card at reception


Individual diets have the following benefits:

Baby dog / Baby cat

  • High energy density for growth –  with high quality animal protein
  • Low starch content – helps promote good digestive tolerance when changing from milk diet
  • Rich in essential fatty acids for nerve and brain development
  • Balanced mineral content for healthy bone and teeth development
  • Higher taurine content for kittens  – important for eye, brain and heart development
  • Betaglucan for enhanced immune system

Junior dog / cat food

  • High but not excessive energy for correct stage of growth
  • Betaglucan for reinforced immunity
  • Passion flower and valerian for enhanced learning – in this important stage of training
  • Stimulated digestion –  clay protecting the lining of the intestine, good stool formation and protection from infection and inflammation. Also enhanced healthy bacteria for digestion.
  • Weight regulation – L carnitine assists the metaboism of fatty acids preventing exess weight gain

Adult dog, neutered adult dog, neutered adult cat

  • High quality animal protein and human grade fats, balanced with optimal calorie content – high palatability promoting lean muscle mass
  • Vitamin E and selenium – an anti-oxidant that helps prevent cell ageing
  • Chondroitin sulphate and Chitosan – to help support joint health
  • Controlled urinary PH
  • Prebiotics- assist development of friendly gut bacteria

Senior dog / senior cat

  • Lower energy density, reduces weight gain during ageing
  • Vitamin E and selenium – an antioxidant that helps prevent cell ageing
  • Chondroitin sulphate and chitosan – for healthy joints
  • Ginkgo Biloba – helps support cognitive function
  • Low phosphorus – helps protect the kidneys
  • Low sodium – helps protect cardiovascular function
  • Controlled urinary PH
  • Supplements for vision support

 It is important to transition to a new diet over approx 10days.

Please ask our nurses and reception staff for advice


A range of VIRBAC CLINICAL diets are also available for your pet if special support is needed for medical conditions. Our Vets will recommend these if required.