Pediatric nutrition

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2014 Mar;44(2):265-73. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2013.11.001. Epub 2013 Dec 25.


This article discusses pediatric nutrition in puppies and kittens. Supplementation of basic nutrients such as fat, protein, minerals, vitamins, and essential fatty acids of the bitch is essential for the proper growth and development of puppies during the lactation period. Milk replacers are compared for use in puppies and kittens. Supplements such as colostrum and probiotics for promotion of a healthy immune system and prevention or treatment of stress-induced and weaning diarrhea are also discussed.

Keywords: Bitch; Kitten; Milk replacer; Prebiotics; Probiotics; Puppy; Queen.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed / analysis*
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Cats
  • Diet / veterinary
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena