Questions tagged [diet]

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

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Is whey good for dogs?

Is it safe to give a puppy liquid whey left over from cheese making? I read somewhere that it is fine and I am curious if that's true as it sounds a bit crazy for that to be true to me.
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How do windows impact health considerations of sunlight for pets?

I heard, the goodness in sunlight that helps people make vitamin D does not pass through windows. Is this true, and if so, does it impact pets as well? If my pet only gets sunlight through windows, ...
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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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How to reintroduce cats to raw food?

I have a cat and 4 kittens (5.5 months old), all healthy and recently spayed. They're on a mix of dry (Acana), canned (various, will run out for good soon), and homemade raw. The cat was on dry/...
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Please help me find a food brand in Canada for my 3 yr old Tabby which is not all by-products/fillers/gluten etc [closed]

My poor kitty started throwing up her dry medium quality, hairball formula (she has extremely long hair - 3 inches). I read online that her body was rejecting 'old familiar' ..in search of the ...
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Advise On Feeding My Sensitive Cat

My neutered 6 human years old male cat (Butterscotch) has always had digestive issues and when we finally found a food for him, we were very happy. He still throws up his food occasionally when he ...
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Can Uromastyx eat peanuts?

I bought my Uro a Finch seed mix since I read seeds can be a good addition to a Uro's diet in terms of nutrients and roughage. I've been giving it to her for a few months now, and noticed that she ...
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Domestic Rabbit Abandoned her litter

My Female show Florida White has starting "unintentional harming" her litters, I believe she is doing this while the cleaning them after birth. We managed to save 2 out of 5. We have been holding our ...
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my rabbit absolutely will not eat hay and very little pellets

I have a year old male rabbit that will not eat hay of any kind and barely eats any pellets. He has been this way since we brought him home. I have tried all kinds of hay and hay cubes. I've bought ...
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Can cats survive on a diet composed of insects?

I saw in This question that cats cannot survive on a vegan diets alone, but what if the diet included common insects? Such as crickets, grass hoppers and flies? The reason I ask is in relation to ...
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Is this an adequate recipe for home made dog food?

I feed my dog a home prepared meal made up of the following: 1 diced carrot 1 diced Broccoli head 1 large handful of Basmati rice 500 grams (1lb) of Heart Smart mince or 500 grams of organic chicken ...
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Cats eat each other's food (and dog's food), makes it hard to keep track of when they eat

I have two cats; Rosie (female, 7 years old), and Pepe (male, 3 years old). Problem is, they eat each other's food, and it makes it hard to keep track of who just ate, especially because Rosie likes ...
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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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Is it healthy to permanently rely on wet food products for adult cats?

Is it healthy to permanently rely on wet food products for adult cats? It's really difficult for me to prepare foods at home or buy cooked chickens from shops every day, so I am thinking of buying ...
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Newly adopted cat won't eat

I just adopted an adult cat three days ago from a shelter. They didn't know how old she was because she came in as a stray. If I had to guess she is 3-5 years old. When we offer her food she won't ...
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Why do my goldfish keep dying?

I have had a number of goldfish (three pairs of two) over the last six months or so. In all cases they have lasted about 2 months before dying. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong so here is all (...
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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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What is in cat treats that make them so attractive?

My cat is wild about "cat treats" like Temptations. What is in that stuff that makes it so attractive?
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Cat extremely finicky. At the end of my rope!

My 2 year old female tabby has been getting more and more finiky over the last year. We usually feed her canned wet food twice a day at the same times every day, then leave a measured amount of dry ...
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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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Are store-bought biscuits harmful for dogs?

I have a lot of stray dogs in my street. I would like to give them something to eat everyday. I don't have a lot of money (as I am a student), so giving them dog food is not possible. My questions are ...
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Are eggs (raw or cooked) and bananas acceptable as treats/emergency meals for dogs?

When I run out of dog food my go-to is raw eggs/bananas because they're always in the house. Those are also my Pug's favorite food/treats. If I train her to do something new, or she's showing good ...
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Feeding live insects from outside to reptiles?

I live in Florida and live out in a wooded area and as I grew up I noticed roaches that pop up out of nowhere when lifting things up outside . I was wondering if I can use those to feed my gecko .
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Why do cats act like their food bowl is empty when there is still food left?

So my cats - well, one more than the other - will whine and meow at me in a certain manner that I have come to recognize as, "There is no food in the bowl." When they exhibit this behavior, I ...
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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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What should I look for in a nutritious dog food?

I have heard to avoid fillers and look for meat as the first ingredient. Which ingredients should I look for and which I should avoid and why when looking for a nutritionally superior dog food?
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Why does my cat reject half her food? Is it stale? How can I fix this?

Why does my cat always leave behind food, and refuse to eat it later when combined with new food? I'm not overfeeding... I'm not giving my cat more than she can eat, but rather she seems adamant to ...
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Is Royal Canin Feline Urinary SO 33 the same as Urinary SO?

Is Royal Canin cat food "Urinary SO 33" the same as "Urinary SO"? I can't find any solid information on what the difference between them might be, or if it's just a re-branding. Urinary SO 33 is ...
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How can I make my barfy dog feel better? (Gross detail warning)

Three times in the last week, our dog has vomited unexpectedly (ie. we weren't driving and he hadn't been eating grass) and each time it has been bright (bright) yellow and slightly liquid/foamy. I ...
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Other than fire what concerns are there from sweating hay?

When hay is too moist/wet/green and baled or stacked tightly it can heat up and cause fires (Don’t let your hay profits go up in smoke, Michigan State University) there are multiple reference to this ...
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My Cat Is Rejecting Food

I have a very awesome and active Grey Persian, I've been having some trouble feeding her. She came to me when she was 3 months old and I was told by the her breeder that she prefers boiled chicken ...
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How to get rid of fish oil stink on a dog?

I gave my dog a cap of fish oil and now he reeks of fish. I don't even have to go anywhere near his mouth to smell it. I can smell it from the end of the leash and while I sit on the couch and him on ...
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Is it ok to feed a puppy just once a day?

There are three 4 months old stray puppies in my area and I feed every one of them 100gms of kibbles just once a day(10pm-11pm) as I dont get time. So do kibbles get digested just like normal food or ...
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Do recently neutered male dogs have a tendency to gain weight?

My dog is being neutered as I'm writing. He is a Brittany, 21 months old and is quite light weight (15.5kg). He's having quite a lot of exercice, a least 3 hours off leash per day in a dog park or in ...
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How do you put one cat on a diet when you have two cats and only one needs to lose weight? [duplicate]

I have two cats and one is very over weight (18 lbs) while the other is a very healthy weight. The smaller cat never over eats but the larger cat always eats too much. I keep dry food out for them ...
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How do I choose a good brand of cat food?

For both dry and wet food, what criteria can I use to determine on my own if it is a high quality food for my cats (normal, healthy cats)? In the past I've had experiences where, when I told the vet ...
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Cat may have consumed some garlic - will he be alright?

My flatmate left some garlic butter out and I think I just caught my cat licking it. He probably had about 3 "licks". Is that a toxic amount? He is almost a year old.
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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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Dog Food Eating Issues

I've a Labrador and she is 10 months old. I've has been hand feeding my dog since two months and now she is not eating by herself. Last week, I was out for three days and my mom kept a bowl of ...
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Is it important to keep a strict feeding schedule for dogs?

When my dog was a puppy he was eating 3 times a day, always finishing his bowl. Then as he grew up we switched to feeding him 2 times a day. For the last month he hasn't been eating regularly as ...
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Why would my cat seem to prefer 'liquid' food?

My cat does like his wet food but seems to particularly enjoy the liquid part of the food. He'll lick all of the jelly or gravy from the food first before eating any of the meat or fish chunks and ...
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My cat has not been eating much how worried should I be?

He is as active and happy as he was before but he has been sometimes only eating one meal portion a day. We thought it was that he didn't like the new food for weight loss but he hasn't been eating ...
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Dealing with feather discoloration

I have a Green-cheeked conure for exactly two years now. In the last year, a large number of feathers lost their green or blue color, and I thought it was because of a bad mistake of not buying new ...
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Is a low sodium diet okay for healthy cats?

Hunter was recently diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy (a heart condition that led to fluid accumulating in his heart and lungs). Part of the treatment/management of his condition includes ...
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How long should Coccidia be present after treatment?

I have recently adopted a little kitten, about 8 weeks old now. She was from a stray litter and abandoned so I received her quite young (± 4 weeks old). While she is healthy and active in every other ...
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Why does my cat have an upset stomach?

I typically feed my cat a boiled fish fillet, "Hoki" ... (http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-a-hoki.htm ) we switched him to this after a one-week bout of diarrhea one month ago... it healed it within 2 ...
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How much water is in wet food?

We have a couple questions about moisture benefits of wet food over dry food. One example is How often can I mix regular wet food with urinary health dry food? the top answer on that question ...
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My snake's stomache burst two days after eating a pinky

I had a baby corn snake and unfortunately two days after feeding her a pinky her stomach burst. It turned black and there was a blister over her stomach where it burst. What should I do?
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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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Rabbit Eating Dog Food

My rabbit has been eating dog food for 2 weeks now. I can't explain why but I'm just wondering if it is ok for her to eat it. I have a dog kennel outside and when I let my dog out she goes in to eat ...

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