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How to switch from my current food to VETERINARY HPM™?


Any changes in pets’ diet must never be taken lightly.

This is why it is important not only to provide the most appropriate food for their needs, but also take the time for pets to adapt gradually to their new diet.

If transition is too hasty, this may trigger digestive disorders like vomiting and diarrhoea… This makes it essential to watch your pet as its goes step-by-step through this transition.

 

For a successful dietary transition, please refer to our guide:

 

 

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DAYS 1-2
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DAYS 3-4
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DAYS 5-6
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DAY 7
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* These are general recommendations; your veterinarian will give you more specific instructions / recommendations according to your dog/cat’s specific characteristics.

My pet drinks more. Is this normal?


Your dog or cat must drink, respectively, at least 50-70ml/kg and 60ml/kg of their weight every day.

The high protein content of VETERINARY HPM™ foods may cause your dog or cat to drink more, which increases urine volume. So, don’t be surprised if they drink more than before.
A low carbohydrate, high-protein diet is one way of maintaining your pet’s good urinary health.

 

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Where is VETERINARY HPM™ manufactured?

 

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The range is produced in the Virbac Nutrition plant in Vauvert (Camargue, Southern France). The range results from expertise dedicated to nutrition for dogs and cats to satisfy owners’ requirements in terms of food quality, traceability and safety for over 25 years.
The manufacturing plant is certified ISO 9001 version 2008.
The formulas of the Virbac VETERINARY HPM foods are constant all year through, and answer to strict nutritional specifications. Among the available ingredients on the animal nutrition market, we selected those with the highest quality.
“Dehydrated animal proteins” constitute the main ingredient of the Virbac VETERINARY HPM range. They derive from pork and poultry fit for human consumption, contain very low ash quantities (minerals) and are from European origin. Peas and potato starch are from Europe; rice originates from Asia.
We neither add colours nor artificial flavours in our Virbac VETERINARY HPM formulas.

 

Do you use ingredients from GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) in your pet food?

As far as GMOs are concerned, our policy demands strict specifications to our providers, according to which raw materials shall not be derived from GMOs. All the results of the analyses we carry out on finished products are in conformity.

What is the origin of the animal protein you use and how can you be sure of its quality?


“Dehydrated animal proteins” constitute the main ingredient of the Virbac VETERINARY HPM range. They derive from pork and poultry fit for human consumption, contain very low ash quantities (minerals) and are from European origin.

What is starch?


Starch belongs to the carbohydrate family and is found in maize, wheat, rice, potatoes, legumes... Starch is necessary to guarantee the consistency of dry food.

Nonetheless, a high-carbohydrate diet may have negative consequences on the health of dogs and cats, including digestive problems. This is why we decided to reduce the amount of starch in our formulas as much as possible: approximately 50% less than in other dog and cat foods in the veterinary market.*

*Average of main adult dog and cat physiological products sold in the vet channel. Internal study, 2015.

Why use specific functional ingredients in the VETERINARY HPM™ range?


The combination of our “low-carbohydrate/high-protein” formulation and specific functional ingredients enables VETERINARY HPM™ foods to cover up to 10 basics for good health. You will find below a list of these functional ingredients and their respective roles in VETERINARY HPM™ pet foods.

 

What is the role of lactobacilli ?

Lactobacilli are bacteria naturally found in intestinal flora which contribute to maintaining balance, thereby improving digestive tolerance.

 

What is the role of montmorillonite and sepiolite ?

Montmorillonite and sepiolite are clays, which contribute to your pet’s good digestive tolerance: montmorillonite is used in cat food, while sepiolite is an ingredient of dog food.
These clays contribute to the formation of well-shaped stool with little odour. They protect the digestive mucosa and help control digestive disorders, such as diarrhoea.

 

What is the role of Beta glucane ?

Beta glucan helps stimulate the development of immunity in puppies and kittens.

 

What is the role of trisodium L-ascorbic acid-2-monophosphate ?

We include trisodium L-ascorbic acid-2-monophosphate in all our cat food to contribute to oral health. Its anti-microbial activity helps reduce the formation of dental plaque.

 

What is the role of pentasodium triphosphate ?

Pentasodium triphosphate is used in products in the Small & Toy range. It chelates salivary calcium to contribute to oral health, thereby controlling the formation of tartar.

 

What is the role of chondroitin sulphate and chitosan ?

Chondroitin sulphate and chitosan are associated to reinforce joint support.

 

What is the role of L-carnitine ?

L-carnitine is used to control your pet’s body weight and condition. It helps limit the deposit of fatty tissue and preserve muscle mass.

 

What is the role of chitosan ?

Chitosan, as a chelater of phosphorus, is used to help maintain kidney function.

 

What is the role of dried artichoke leaf extract ?

Dried artichoke leaf extract is in all out cat food. It helps dilute urine.

 

What is the role of fructooligosaccharides ?

Fructooligosaccharides contribute to good digestive tolerance and the balance of intestinal flora, as well as reinforcing the digestive mucosa.

 

What is the role of Psyllium ?

Psyllium contributes to good digestive tolerance and the formation of well-shaped stool, and regulates bowel movement.

 

What is the role of Vitamin E ?

Vitamin E helps maintain and stimulate the immune system in older animals.

Where can I buy VETERINARY HPM™?

 

hexagon-clinic.jpg     The VETERINARY HPM™ range is available from your veterinarian.

Can a high-protein diet be harmful for the kidney of my pet?


Dogs and cats are carnivores, which makes them physiologically adapted to high protein intake.

No study has ever shown a high-protein diet to cause early kidney fatigue in healthy dogs or cats. On the contrary, studies show that high protein concentration in a balanced diet has no negative impact on kidney function, and some even prove that reducing protein does not slow the progression of kidney disease.

Not only is protein not dangerous; it is indispensable and necessary to keep dogs and cats in good health, even for older animals. For example, it helps to control muscle loss, to maintain the immune system health and the renal function.

What food should I use when my pet is in gestation/lactation?

During a period of gestion or lactation, your pet has high nutritional needs, the same way puppies do.
This is why a high protein amount is recommanded and the best way to respect that is to give your pet a product from our "Baby" range, respecting it's size.
During the gestating period, you should switch over from an Adult formulation to a Baby formulation as soon as the queen/bitch comes on heat.