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I have a four year old cat who ate dry & wet food.Now he hardly eats the wet food. I have tried all kinds & flavors of the wet food but he mostly just eats dry…I have him on a premium “lite”, he needs to lose a few pounds. He seems healthy…does all normal cat things, plays with our other cat etc.Is it bad for cats to just eat dry food?
I have a rescued feral Turkish Angora cat who spent first 5 weeks in bathroom, fed wet food only. After six months, now very affectionate with me, still gobbles food; when I have tried dried food, swallows kibbles whole, so I only give him occasional soft treats which I break up and feed him from my hand. Still can’t pick him up, and he hides when anyone comes, but he’s gradually beoming more socialized.
My question is – is it OK to just feed him wet food (I vary IAMS, WELLNESS, etc) or if dry food could be added between meals, OK to swallow whole?
I am having alkaline water from the Carlsbad Spas artesian wells delivered to my home. Is it OK to give this water to my cats as well?
Also wondering about using it in the hummingbird feeder. I hate to allow any living thing to consume the San Diego tap water.
Dear Dr. Brown,
This is a question about putting my dog on a grain-free diet.
We adopted a little senior Shih Tzu named Panda, who we adore. From the beginning, he licked his front legs (especially the left), which resulted in staining of the fur. I initially thought that this was a habit that he developed as a result of stress.
I did try to take him to a veterinarian to have this evaluated (as well as for a corn that he had on a paw pad) and the vet that I took him to would only have the vet tech look briefly at his legs. (For some reason, the vet did not want to meet with me personally about it.) The vet tech did not have any decisive answer about the licking. She said that it might be an allergy, but I should make another appointment to meet with the vet about it. (I was pretty annoyed by this, because that was supposed to have been the appointment with the vet.)
A different vet who I brought Panda to initially said that Panda might just do it out of habit and when he is really working on the foot/leg I should spray bitter apple on the foot to get him to stop. This only works temporarily.
A third vet said that sometimes a dog just starts licking a foot or leg and there isn’t anything there, it might have developed initially at his previous home because he was bored or stressed there.
Here is the question—-I am wondering if I should put my dog on a grain-free diet to see if the licking stops. Is that the only way to determine whether the licking is a from a grain allergy?
Panda is on a super-premium organic food (Castor and Pollux Organix Dry with a dollop of C & P’s natural stew style food), he gets a daily multivitamin, as well as an omega-3 pill everyday.
Should the switch to Grain Free food be only done under a vet’s care? Or is it OK if I switch him to the grain free to see if he stops licking?
Also, if he goes grain free, does this mean that he can’t have his treats that have organic quinoa and peanut butter? I guess quinoa is considered a grain?
Any advice that you could provide would be appreciated.
Thank you very much,
Michelle, Panda’s Dog Mom
EntMy 14 year old dog was just diagnosed with diabetes, Instructions from our Vet are: gradually change her diet from her regular food to Overwight Management food, feed her twice a day , one and 1/2 cup s each time, after feeding her, give her an insulin shot (12) and the feeding and insulin should be 12 hours apart. She also has cancer near her rib cage which the Vet operates on about every 4 months. Surgery is now being delayed because of the Diabetes. I am very concerned and we don’t want to loose our Pepsi. Our Vet is very good and we have an appointment next week to our Vet to check on her b;ood sugar. However I know humans cab check blood sugar with an instrument I seeon TV. Whjat am I looking at in the near future four our Pepsi? I am a contibuter and live in Litchfield Park, AZ)