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Transitioning your Spayed & Neutered Pet to VETERINARY HPM®️ PET FOOD

What to Expect After Spaying or Neutering Your Dog or Cat

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What Your Pet Experiences: Changes in Appetite & Energy Levels

Having your pet spayed or neutered provides many medical and behavioral benefits for your pet and your life together.1–3 But your pet’s metabolism also slows down after the spay or neuter procedure. This means your pet requires fewer calories per day than they did before the procedure. And that can be hard to balance, since the procedure also causes an increase in appetite. These changes can begin as early as three days after the spay or neuter procedure.4

Understanding your pets Body Condition and Muscle Condition helps pets lives longer. Here is the WSAVA guide to Body Condition scoring and Muscle Condition scoring. Work with you Veterinary team to avoid your pet becoming overweight or obese.



Of course your pet’s weight doesn’t change how much you love them. But dogs and cats that are overweight or obese are at risk for more diseases or conditions, and can reduce a pet's quality of life and
can even shorten their life span.

Caring for Spayed & Neutered Pets

Puppy and Kitten.pngPart of caring for your pet after spay or neuter means making sure their diet meets their needs. After your pet is spayed or neutered, their needs change significantly. To avoid placing extra stress on your pet, wait until your pet has fully healed from surgery before making a change to their diet (generally 10–14 days post-procedure).


Choose a Diet Purposely-Made for Spayed & Neutered Pets

Your pet needs nutritional support designed to satisfy their appetite and support a healthy metabolism.

VETERINARY HPM® Pet Food does exactly that by:

  • Prioritizing animal protein, which helps support appetite control
  • Incorporating a careful blend of fibers to help your pet feel full for a longer time and (in adult dogs and cats) maintain an optimal weight
  • Including the appropriate number of calories for spayed and neutered pets
  • Supporting a healthy metabolism and healthy digestion

Did you know? An increase in protein can naturally cause your pet to drink more water. Always make sure your dog or cat has plenty of fresh drinking water.

How to Switch to VETERINARY HPM® Pet Food

Once ready to change their diet use the chart to introduce your pet to Veterinary HPM® Spay & Neuter Diets.

When beginning a new food, it is recommended to make the switch gradually. Start by introducing the new food as a small part of your pet’s regularly scheduled meals. You may increase the ratio of new to old food over a period of five consecutive days, until your dog or cat is fully transitioned to VETERINARY HPM® Pet Food.


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  1. Spay/neuter your pet. ASPCA. Accessed July 27, 2021.
  2. Bukowski JA, Aiello S. Routine Health Care of Dogs. In: Merck Veterinary Manual. Accessed July 29, 2021.
  3. Bukowski JA, Aiello S. Routine Health Care of Cats. In: Merck Veterinary Manual. Accessed July 27, 2021.
  4. Jeusette I, Detilleux J, Cuvelier C, Istasse L, Diaz M. Ad libitum feeding following ovariectomy in female Beagle dogs: effect on maintenance energy requirement and on blood metabolites. J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2004;88(3-4):117-121. Accessed July 7, 2021.



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