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

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How often can I mix regular wet food with urinary health dry food?

My cat was forming crystals in his bladder so for the rest of his life I'm to feed him urinary health cat food. My vet had me feed him Royal Canin® Urinary SO Cat Food but after a few bags of it I ...
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Why do my cats play "soccer" with their dry food on the floor?

Only recently, my 1½ year old females cat have been playing "soccer" with a dry food morsel across the kitchen and then returns to the bowl to eat. Why do they play with their food? Are they bored of ...
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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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How much protein do dogs need in their diet?

I was just curious, for the interest of mixing homemade dog food and getting the correct ratios of nutrients in the food. How much protein do dogs need in their diet in order to be healthy. I found ...
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Dog vomiting yellow/white foam since being fed vegan food

UPDATE: Must have been something else. Vet gave an oral medicine and everything was back to normal in 2 days. I still feed him vegan food 6 days a week. A few days ago, I decided to feed my dog ...
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How often should cats eat?

Is it better to leave the bowl always with food, or to put it when it's "time to eat"? My cat has her bowl available 24/7 and I'm starting to worry that she might become obese. She seems to eat very ...
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Concerned about allergies: can I give my chinchilla rabbit foods or treats?

I have read that pine shavings are generally considered safe for animals, but not as safe for chinchillas. This link says that aspen also isn't good for some chinchillas - "Spruce is an another ...
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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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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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Is it safe to give my rats pig ears and marrow bone?

Can I give my rats stuff from the butchers. like marrowbone, pigs ears etc.? Obviously, without added salt, flavourings etc. What about meal worms or live foods?
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What is the best shape for a cat's food bowl?

I have noticed that while my cat eats, he has trouble getting his food pellets into his mouth, perhaps because of the shape of the food bowl? The food bowl I use is a small, circular, flat bottomed ...
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Is it safe to feed bacon to a pet pig?

I'm simply curious, I have read that pigs make very good house pets and are delighted to eat just about anything Firstly, would a pig eat pork? If so, is it safe to feed a pig its own kind?
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Can my cat have yogurt?

According to 15 Foods to avoid, it states that diary products should not be allow for cats and dogs. However, has an exception for plain yogurt and cottage cheese. I used to give my cat the leftover ...
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Are bamboo leaves nutritious or poisonous to rabbits?

I have Bamboo in my backyard with lots of good growth all year round. I want to know if the leaves and shoots can be eaten by rabbits? I do not have any rabbits yet, but I am trying to scope out the ...
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Can I give my rats bits of Christmas tree to chew?

Is it safe to give my rats branches cut off disposed Christmas trees? There's a huge pile outside my apartment.
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Is there any impact if I give freeze-dry fish for dogs to my cat?

My cat loves freeze-dry salmons. There's a particular brand of freeze-dry salmon for cats that my dad buys for her and she loves it. The pet shop that sells this treat ran out of stock of the cat's ...
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Feeding raw meat to kittens

There is this mommy cat and a young one wandering around our neighborhood. Today I just shredded some beef, cut the remaining in to small chunks and gave it to the kitten. I heated it in the microwave ...
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Is it okay to feed Brussels sprouts to a bearded dragon?

I saw a Facebook comments thread about this. Some people said sprouts aren't that healthy for them because there are too many vitamins. Other people said it was dangerous to feed them sprouts at all. ...
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Authoritative resource for toxic foods for rats

Is there any authoritative resource for what foods are toxic for what animals? I'm getting conflicting information from around the web. In this case, I'm specifically interested in rats.
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What waste foods are safe for a pet rat?

My rats have rat food and raw veg. etc, however, are there any foods that I would throw away that would be good for rats? Waste-not-want-not, as my Nan used to say! e.g. Citrus peel or seeds Meat ...
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Calculating nutritional analysis with dry weight?

I was reading this article about using moisture to convert other percentages into their dry matter basis. The article is here: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/dry-matter-basis/ But it ...
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What does mg/kg in AAFCO's nutritional guidelines mean?

In AAFCO's nutritional guidelines the minimum quantities for iron(adult minimum), for instance is expressed as 40 mg/kg. Does that mean that a dog should eat at least 40 mg of iron for every 1 ...
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Which food should not be given to a cow?

I am living in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Indian culture has accepted cows as mother, because it feeds milk to us. Hindu culture says whoever feeds you is mother to us. Cows are a precious animal ...
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Is it fine to feed a cat a mix of two dry foods for a long period of time

We have two cats, and one of them is too lean. Male cat is neutered, but female isn't (yet). Because of the male, we're using lower-calorie dry food. We would like to start feeding the female normal ...
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How to determine a dog's food allergy?

I believe my dog has an allergy related to food. She's 1.5 yrs old, and is an Australian Labradoodle (lab, poodle, cocker & english spaniel mix) Backstory: she sometimes vomits bile; she will ...
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What could be causing my Basset Hound to stop sleeping through the entire night?

Our dog has been completely fine and content on a night, when he's just had the one walk and sleeps through the night almost always. However as of late, he has been getting up and wandering around ...
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What reasons could there be for my rabbit not defecating?

My 6 year old female outdoor rabbit is free to roam for up to 8 hours a day in our large garden, but has stopped eating the grass and hay. At one point she stopped eating altogether, and the vet said ...
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Can wet food cause gingivitis to cats?

I have just adopted a six month old ginger cat. I have never had any pets before. The rescue from which I adopted the cat, made its cats eat a lot of dry food and about a can of wet food per day (half ...
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What is the difference between first and second cut hay?

For those of us with Rabbits, Horses and other vegetarian mammals, hay is a dietary requirement. When purchased in bales, the terms 'first cut' and 'second cut' are often used. What do they mean and ...
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What are good foods for brine shrimp and how to administer them?

In order to raise brine shrimp to adulthood, what sorts of food can I feed to the brine shrimp in the grow-out tank? What is the best way to administer them? I have heard that yeast and egg yolks are ...
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How can I get my dog to eat vitamins when she doesn't want to?

I bought Nuvet vitamins for my dog, but she won't eat them. She is a Yorkie, about 4 months old. She has had her first round of boosters, almost due for the second. I have tried: Putting it in her ...
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How can I know how healthy my turtle's shell is?

Recently while giving my turtle some shell scratching I noticed I could press the plastron (bottom part of shell) and carapace (top part of shell) down closer to each other. This mostly only happens ...
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How to feed the medicine(Verol Drops) to a cat which didnt eat anything from 2 days? [duplicate]

Recently, 2 days back my cat got sick and stopped eating. It only drinks water. So today i took him to vet and they gave some injections and also wrote multivitamin named Verol as prescription. As my ...
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After using Spectracide® Weed Stop® for Lawns how long before the grass is safe to eat?

A friend has a lawn that has been treated with Spectracide® Weed Stop® for Lawns, and she has rabbits that she would like to allow graze on the lawn. Following the links from the Manufactures site it ...
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How should I transition my adolescent cat from a kitten diet to an adult diet?

My 10 month old male British Shorthair, neutered since 6 months old, looks more and more like an adult cat. I believe however that he still hasn't reached the peak of his body development and ...
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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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Food Pellet - Is my rabbit eating enough?

I've recently gotten a bunny, less than a week, and I researched a lot before getting it. I bought a large cage, timothy hay, Zupreme rabbit food... As soon as I brought him from the shelter, I filled ...
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Homecook diet for dogs: should I add vitamins?

I'm currently feeding my dog a mix of dry food (morning) and various kinds of homecook stews (evening). I'm wondering if there is some natural ingredient that would be beneficial for the dog, like ...
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Can adding spinach / pineapple / pumpkin to a dog's diet prevent coprophagia?

I'm trying to deter my dog from eating his own feces. I've heard that adding spinach or pineapple or pumpkin to his diet can help contain the problem, preventing this act by making the poop ...
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How do I switch from free-feeding my cat dry food to meal-feeding her wet food?

I've had my cat for several years now, and up until a couple weeks ago, I've been free-feeding her dry food. My vet has just told me that she's a little overweight (the cat, not the vet), and ...
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How can I get my rabbit to eat different greens?

I understand that rabbits are supposed to get a variety of greens in their diet, however, my rabbit only eats dandelions. We have tried to give her parsley, and no matter what, she just lets them sit ...
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Glycemic load for foods with respect to dogs

Have there ever been conducted tests on how fast dogs digest various foods? That is, to determine the glycemic load of various foods with respect to dogs?
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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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Is it possible to gut-load a mouse?

When feeding insects to lizards, it's a common practice to gut-load them in order to deliver nutrients to the lizard. The diet of the insects can be altered to give them the highest possible ...
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What is the value of meat byproducts in cat food?

I was watching a television commercial about a cat food that touts it's lack of meat byproducts and it's inclusion of "real chicken meat" presumably this is mostly lean muscle tissue. A related ...
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How much protein should be fed to cats with kidney disease?

I'm interested in cats suffering from kidney disease. There is a fair amount of research about nutritional management. Some people talk about reducing protein intake, others suggest increasing high-...
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Cat not interested in food

I have a cat, at least 16 years old, who is not interested in food. On Sunday when I noticed it she had some food in the morning and none for the rest of the day. In the morning she puked everything ...
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Is it true that alfalfa hay is a treat and should not make up the majority of an adult rabbit's diet?

I read this question that claims that alfalfa hay is a "treat" and should not make up a large part of rabbit's diet. Is this true?
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Can tiger barb eat insects like ants etc

I have four tiger barbs in my new aquarium and was wondering about a tiger barbs diet requirements. Can tiger barbs eat insects like small black ants or red ants?
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Natural meat foods as a replacement for explicit non-iodine foods?

My cat has an over-active, swollen thyroid, causing him to constantly be hungry, and frequent vomiting. So, out of four options - radiation treatment, surgery, daily tablets, or a changed diet - we ...