Questions tagged [diet]

Food or overall nutrition comprising "what" is being intentionally fed to a pet.

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Diet and care for bearded dragon

My daughter has a bearded dragon and he is weak, has significantly low appetite and sometimes does not eat at all. She feeds him crickets with vitamins. We took him to the vet and he is now on a ...
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Are we feeding our bunny enough?

About a month ago, our bunny had to go to the vet for what turned out to be a respiratory problem (probably a cold; Metacam did the trick, but that's by the bye). While at the vet, she mentioned that ...
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How can I provide supplements to an ocelot gecko who won't eat dusted crickets?

Our ocelot gecko had some problem with a dusted cricket when he was very young (he vomited it for some reason) and since then he won't even look at crickets that have been dusted with calcium and ...
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Should I add water to wet food to provide extra hydration?

I haven't seen my kitten-cats drinking much water lately. While they get hydration from their wet food, I'm not sure if it's necessarily enough for optimal health. I'm considering just adding a bit ...
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Will dogs overeat?

I grew up having dogs as pets, and feeding them always seemed to be pretty simple: put food in the bowl, and when it was gone, put more food in the bowl. This usually wound up being roughly every day,...
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If my pet is lactose intolerant does that mean they can't have any dairy products?

According to Wikipedia most mammals stop producing or decrease production of lactase after weaning. Lactase is essential to the complete digestion of whole milk. Lactase breaks down lactose, a ...
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Basset Hound ate 1lb of frozen beef from counter

Last night our dog pinched 1 lb (450 g) frozen beef off the HIGH counter while we were out shopping, and did not leave a crumb. I know dogs are fine eating the raw beef, but will this have ...
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Why does my marginated tortoise have a soft shell?

My 1 1/2 year old marginated tortoise still has a soft shell. Also he hasn't grown much since I got him, he is still 4 cm long. I'm pretty sure I'm giving him the correct nutrition because I'...
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Are maggots appropriate food for a turtle?

I've got my turtle some dog food to use as an occasional treat for it. I've only gave it once and it didn't even eat from it then. I then covered and left it. After some time I noticed some white ...
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Cat constantly vomiting

I have two cats, approximately the same age, 7 years. For the last 6 years I gave them the same food, Royal Canin indoor adult cat food (those dry pellets / croquettes). Recently, over the last ...
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My cat is overweight and I am not sure what to feed her

My mother has recently passed away and I now have mom's cat. She is approximately 6 years old, but when I took her to the vet they said she was overweight (4 kg) and her gums were looking sore. They ...
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How can I add fiber into my cat's diet?

My cat seems to be having.....digestion issues. He's a 6 month old black domestic short hair. He tends to splatter it everywhere and drag it along his long butt fur all over my apartment. He's a ...
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Is a McDonald's hamburger safe for my dog?

I want to make my dog's birthday special. Is it okay to give her just one McDonald's hamburger (and no more after that)?
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How does chewy treats promote clean teeth and gums

I bought edible Nubz chewy treats and on the bag it says it promotes healthy gums and teeth. How exactly does it do this? Wouldn't it just stain the teeth more? Also, is this actually healthy - should ...
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Should I make my cat taste his food?

My cat is nearly 9 years old and he's being eating each of its meals so fast since I can't remember! I'm not sure for his first year with me, but for at least 8 years, each time I fed him he'd rush ...
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What means "ad libitum" related to an animals diet?

I feed my two rabbits according to the diet model "ad libidum". For me it is common, but I assume for some people this is new. I hope to collect under this question: What means "ad libitum" and what ...
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How can I ensure my outdoor pet's water doesn't freeze in the winter?

I live in Europe and have rabbits who live exclusively outdoors. How can I provide them with water in the winter without it freezing?
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How to make homemade hamster food?

I have heard that many types of hamster food sold in pet stores are either not healthy/safe for hamsters or don't provide the proper diet for hamsters. I am interested in making a homemade food mix ...
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How do I keep my supply of feeder crickets from keeping me awake at night?

In college, I had a pet lizard that ate crickets. However, the dorm room was quite small, and keeping crickets on hand proved problematic, as their chirping at night was annoying, and interfered with ...
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Can I use vitamin pills meant for humans in home-cooked meals for my cats?

I am researching on home-cooked meals for my cats and all the articles I've came across emphasize the importance of adding additional vitamin supplements into the meal but they did not mentioned ...
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How can I make cooked fish more appealing for cat?‌

My cat is finicky. He has only a mid-priced preferred wet food, 'Whiskers,' which smells disgusting to me and does not seem very healthy. He does not eat canned sardines either but loves tuna fish. ...
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How can I stop my cat from scratching her chin?

I have two six year old cats, brother and sister (friend "forgot" to fix their parents, so I know the specific litter and birth date). The female keeps scratching her chin profusely, to the point that ...
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Baby bearded dragon feeding/digestion

I have a baby bearded dragon that's 28 days old and haven't had any feeding nor pooping problems until today in the morning. I ran out of crickets 2 days ago and went to buy more crickets at a ...
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Low Quality Dog Food - What are the risks?

I have an 11 year old lab. I have a friend that has a 15 year old lab. I have another friend who put his 8 year old lab down. Based upon the following experience I have a question. The oldest lab, ...
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How do I get my cat to stop waking me up at 5:45am?

I have a small, 8lb (around 3.6 kg) female cat whom, in a day, I feed a third of a cup dry food and a can of simple nourish wet food. I split this into a morning and evening meal, but the cat meows ...
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Wet food vs. Dry food

I've been feeding my dog Natural Balance dry food for the past few years. Only occasionally will she eat it right away when I put it out for her, but most of the time she "eventually" gets to it. The ...
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What's the best way to serve olive oil to a constipated cat?

I've read on the Internet that olive oil is good for constipated cats. I was wondering what's the best way to give it to the cat, as I am afraid of any side effects. Is it best with dry or wet food? ...
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Is it ok to give my cat tuna flavored cat food?

My cat only likes wet cat food that is tuna flavored. I switched to chicken flavored, as the vet said that tuna-based food is not good because this fish itself contains mercury. He turns his nose up ...
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Can a stray dog be healthy on a diet of only milk?

What should I feed a stray dog? Currently he is fed milk twice a day. Is this enough for him or does he need any other nutrients?
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Struvite crystals

I have a five year old cat who was diagnosed with struvite crystals. He's had it ever since he was about one to one and a half year old. He has had a catheter installed a few times and he's now on ...
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Should cats eat "huge" animals?

I'm going to ask a question I wondered with my dad. It was raised because I believe several things related to my cat, mostly when I heard a little from the vet, a little from the friends, a little ...
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My cat princess had a stroke

Is there any way I can recover my cat from a stroke? I tried searching up and it just said stuff like medicines but they don't work. Someone please help me. The cat also poops and pees everywhere ...
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Are cashew nuts harmful to cats

I recently pinched my brother's cat to stop him from eating a cashew seed. My cat tried eating a cashew seed I presented him with as well. Hazelnuts and some other nuts can be highly toxic to cats ...
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Wet cat food mixed with tuna for cats?

I usually give my four cats two cans of Fancy Feast wet cat food in the morning, which is about half a can of wet cat food per cat, plus the dry cat food they always have in the house. Today I only ...
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Can I feed my cat a vegetarian or vegan diet?

I have a few friends who are vegetarian or vegan, who have considered putting their pets (mainly cats, which is why I specified in the title) on a similar diet. I feel like that might not be good ...
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How can I ensure that homemade dog food is healthy for my dog?

I am interested in getting my dog on a more natural diet. I've been wondering whether homemade dog food is safe and healthy for my dog. Which specific vitamins & minerals should I ensure are ...
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Should I consider switching an older (around 10 years) cat and maybe soon-to-be-7-years cats to "senior" food, what are the benefits?

I have 3 cats - one around 10-11 years old (was a stray so I don't know exactly but not far from this) two littermates 6, nearly 7 years old. All female and spayed. No particular breed, just "...
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Should I feed hot dogs to my dachshund?

I am considering feeding my dachshund some hot dogs and/or sausages. I witnessed my friend feed his dachshund multiple sausages, and the dog seemed fine afterwards. Is this wise? Beyond having ...
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How do I choose an Omega-3 supplement for an elderly dog?

I've read that it is recommended to give Omega-3 to elderly dogs (especially ones with arthritis) (for example, here). My dog is a 15 years old female medium sized, mixed breed (probably mostly ...
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Will a dog live longer if it eats dry dog food all the time?

I'm not talking about canned dog food. I'm talking about kibble or dry dog food. I've had dogs for 22+ years and don't give them dry dog food, or any kind of dog food for that matter, because its ...
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How can I improve my DIY turtle food?

So I've concocted a food recipe for my turtle, and I want to make sure I have not missed or over added anything, below is a list of the constituents: raw chicken turtle sticks some paprika 5 peas 3 ...
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My Pacman frog won't eat?

I have a Pacman frog, named Kiwi, who is about a year old. When we got her she was eating fine and growing but since August her eating pattern has been on and off. We think this is due to being looked ...
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Do rabbits eat scarlett runner beans?

I like to grow scarlett runner beans in my garden to decorate a gray wall. Do rabbits like them very much? Will I have to separate rabbits from the plant, or the plant from the rabbits to let both do ...
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Dog not eating her food

Luna is a ~1.5 year old rescue mutt (our guess is border collie-pointer mix). When we first got her 6 months ago she would devour her kibble instantly, but nowadays she barely touches her food when ...
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How to make my own BARF food (for a cat)

Following the breeder's advice it would be a good idea to feed my British Shorthair cat a bit of raw food from time to time. I saw that the term for a raw diet is "BARF", an acronym for Biologically ...
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Why are grain-free cat foods filled with vegetables instead of more meat?

Every grain-free cat food I've seen is filled with vegetables like sweet potatoes and peas. Why is this? Why don't they just put more meat? Are there 100% meat product cat foods, wet or dry?
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Garden used by rabbits: What plants are good choices?

Our garden today is only grass. I like to rebuild it step by step. What plants suits good in a garden used daily by rabbits? Points to have in mind: plants do not harm the rabbits, rabbits do not ...
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I have a rescue that needs to lose weight and another that doesn't- I am not around at meal times to supervise- help!

I have put Nacho on a diet per the recommendation of the vet (15 lbs). He's a rescue stray that climbed into my car engine and was engine burned and we nursed to health. I joke that he is an ...
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My star tortoise doesn't poop since last 8 days

My start tortoise doesn't poop since last 8 days. He eats well and tries hard to get the poop out but no luck. Kindly suggest something so that I can help him.
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Royal Canin Feline Urinary SO vs. Purina Pro Plan Urinary Tract Health

My cat has been on Royal Canin Feline Urinary SO dry food for a couple of years. However recently Royal Canin changed the formula for that food and it is making cats puke. All reviews starting January ...

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