Questions tagged [diet]

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

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Should I use nutritional and or brewer's yeast for fleas and ticks on pets?

I've mixed nutritional yeast or brewer's yeast with my cat's dry food for 3 years and he is almost always completely free of fleas etc. When pet sitting my friends' dog, she had ticks and 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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How can I stop food mixture from dissociating in water?

I've been trying a new way of feeding my turtle by mixing a variety of vegetables with chicken and/or prawns. I do so by mincing everything then combining them and crushing them together. I then form ...
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How long can a healthy cat go without food?

I am trying to change the kind of food my cat is getting, and he is refusing to eat it. He is completely healthy, he passed his last annual physical without issue. If I give him some of the old ...
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Can I give my dog an ice cube from time to time?

I see a lot of conflicting advice online. I have a 2-year-old, 66 lb. boxer-ridgeback (probably, we're not sure), that, at some point was given an ice cube and loved it. Whenever I make a smoothie, ...
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What are good fiber substitutes for hay in a rabbit's diet?

There are a couple of reasons that a rabbit may not be able to eat hay. Occasionally for a dental misalignment issue a rabbit will have it's teeth removed. When a rabbit is sick it may be unable to ...
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Is it OK to feed dogs dairy products?

A recent answer included feeding dairy products to a dog, in the answer is was Cream Cheese, but it does bring up the whole question of if dairy products are appropriate for dogs. I personally am '...
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How can botulism occur in hay and is it hazardous to my pet?

A recent question Why can't my rabbit lift it's head? suggested that botulism in hay could be problematic for some pets. When I think of Botulism I think of poorly canned food, how could it ...
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Why is my turtle refusing to eat anything but dried prawns?

I've been feeding my turtle some dried prawns, corn, carrots, peas, as well as other vegetables and some fruits. Recently the turtle had developed an inclination towards prawns, it would not eat the ...
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How should we handle our two new senior cats having different food than what our other cats eat?

Today we will be picking up two senior cats (11 and 13 years) that had to be given up by their previous owner. These two cats are being fed a different brand of dry food than what we give our other ...
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Can cats survive solely on dry food?

Is it safe to only feed a cat dry food? Should cats have a more complete diet or not? My cat rarely eats anything else apart from dry food, and I do not know why
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Kangkong (morning glories) as rabbit diet

Since I got a rabbit a couple months ago, he's been eating mainly kangkong, a vegetable popular in Southeast Asia in the morning glory family. (It's also called "water spinach," but it is not a ...
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Why has my turtle stopped eating carrots?

I'm feeding my river turtle some carrots and in time it stopped eating them. Are there any reasons why, or things I should look out for? Will it affect my turtle's growth rate?
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How much meat is enough for my dog?

My dog is a 5 years old schnauzer that weights approx 23lbs. I usually give him 1.5-2 cups of dry dog food per day. I would like to switch him to real food. I understand that the majority should be ...
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Is this home-cooked dog-food recipe nutritionally good and balanced?

I'm transitioning the dry kibble diet of my 7-month-old Brittany puppy towards a mix of dry kibble and home-cooked wet food. I adapted one of these recipes and I would like to have expert opinion on ...
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What should I monitor while changing my dog's diet?

After some research on dogs nutrition I'm considering changing his diet from commercial dry kibble to home cooked food. I would do it progressively: kibble in the morning and home cooked chef's ...
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Home cooked diets for dogs: is it fine to freeze it?

I'm still trying to find my way about dogs' food. I'm considering to start with: Home cooked food treats for training (bite sized, easy to carry with me, eg. pieces of boiled chicken without bones) ...
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Are there specific vegetables I should not be feeding a rabbit?

My sister's rabbit is given a variety of vegetables (carrots, peppers, lettuce (not iceberg), and so on). Basically, my sister gets whatever is available, and gives the rabbit bits of whatever we have ...
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My puppy vomited her food

We increased the amount of food we gave our puppy, and she was doing okay, but now we have noticed it has been harder for her to make a bowel movement, and she just vomited three times 5 minutes after ...
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How to feed oral medication?

My (8 month old) puppy is currently on antibiotics (amoxicillin), specifically 250mg Noroclav twice daily. I've tried: putting it in her food (she just eats around it); crushing it into powder and ...
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How much should I feed my puppy?

I have a Havanese-Maltese mixed puppy that is 14 weeks old and weighs 3.5 pounds. I have been feeding her 1/4 of Blue a day. Every time I fill her bowl up, she devours the food. Should I increase ...
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My cat is gaining too much weight, how often should I be feeding her?

I have a ten years old cat that I used to fed twice a day but now it asks for food every time she sees me. I started to feed her three times a day and she has grown considerably fat. Is this good ...
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Is it okay to feed rabbits papaya enzyme labeled for human consumption?

Papaya enzyme is one of my go-to's at the first one of my rabbits might be having GI issues (usually small or strung together poops clues me in). However the treats them selves are quite expensive (~$...
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Are frozen foods (vegetables) appropriate for turtles?

I have a small river turtle, and I gathered info that they eat vegetables like peas and carrots. I was wondering if frozen ones(once heated and slightly sliced) are in any way bad or different to the ...
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What's an appropriate diet for a small river turtle?

I got my little brother a small river turtle, and I would like to know what it eats. It's somewhat relatively fast, longish slim tail, seems to be energetic, but I'm not sure what it eats. Any idea?...
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Cat Crohn's Disease - What can he eat?

My cat has Crohn's disease, which basically means he throws up from almost anything. The only treatment we currently have is giving him daily doses of steroids and antiallergenic food, but this just ...
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Can cats be "picky" about the brand of food they eat?

The cat I had growing up was very picky about the kind of food we gave him. He had a thing for Meow Mix dry cat food. If we bought him any different brand, it seemed as though he wouldn't eat it as ...
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What happens if cats drink coffee?

I was drinking my coffee the other day and I accidentally spilled some on the floor (a couple of drops). My cat licked them. I don't really think this is a big deal because it was only two drops, but ...
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Is my Snake Obese? [duplicate]

I have a 6yrs old adult male corn snake who looks a little obese. When he curls up in his hide you can see his skin quite clearly! I feed him a big mouse every 12 days.
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How to make food more appealing

I currently have three cats and two of them are basically vacuum cleaners when it comes to cat food. Unfortunately my "kitten" (actually >16 years old) has in recent years become quite fussy. I try ...
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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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Is it okay to feed my cats canned tuna?

I opened a can of tuna today and my cats went absolutely insane over the smell. I let them have a very tiny piece and they absolutely loved it. What I'm concerned about is that it's canned tuna. ...
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My corn snake died just after feeding. What are the possible causes?

I just fed my 2 corn snakes five live hoppers each about 5 hours ago. I like to leave them in their feeding boxes for a while to make sure they eat everything. I went back to put them back in their ...
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At what age can I consider that my dog is an adult?

Unlike humans, there is no legislation that says that at insert-local-legal-age-here a dog becomes an adult. However, there is a lot of information (mostly on food) that is different depending on if ...
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What should I do if my cat stops eating and starts hiding more?

My cat is usually really social. Loves to be cuddled, loves being around people, always crawls in my lap. Today, though, he spent the day hiding in my closet and in his cat tree. He didn't really eat ...
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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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Should my cat be allowed some wet food every day?

My cat is a two-year-old Maine Coon. He's very lean and in good health. He has all-day free access to his dry food and he eats a small quantity a few times a day. As everything is going well I don't ...
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Is it safe for pets (dog specifically) to eat moldy cheese

Title says it all. I have seen my dog eat other things (rabbits, unknown items, etc.) that had been laying around for days. I would try to prevent that, but she has a much better nose than I do. This ...
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Why is it a bad idea to touch bloodworms with your bare hands?

I feed my sunfish frozen bloodworms, and I was told that touching the bloodworms is a really bad idea; that they carry some terrible bacteria that can be transferred to humans. I tried looking up why ...
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What kind of food should I stuff into a Kong?

I bought a pair of Kong toys (see photo) for my puppy, who's home alone when I'm at work. I usually feed him 3 times a day (going back home at lunchtime). The goal is to gradually reduce the "lunch" ...
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What alternative foods can I try feeding my snake?

I have a California kingsnake. She is female and around 4 years old. I have been having some issues with feeding her as described here. We eventually concluded that the problem was she was bored of ...
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Is Royal Canin veterinary diet for dogs better than regular diet?

My young puppy (4 months old) is quite healthy as of today, but my vet mentioned that Royal Canin has veterinary diet kibble for dogs with no clinical problems. Now he's eating Royal Canin Medium for ...
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Any experiences with feeding your cats live mice? [closed]

After reading up on cat nutrition and switching my cats to raw meat plus a supplemental powder, I've been wondering if it wouldn't be healthier to feed them live mice that I breed at home. I'm not ...
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My cat poops twice a day on new nutrition. Is it bad?

He's castrate, nearly 4 y.o, weights about 4kg(9 lbs), crossbreed of Siberian and unknown dad - very dense and long fur, lives indoor, quite inactive. I trim him twice a year for almost zero in ...
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Is there benefit to feeding my cats cat food that incorporates fruits and vegetables?

At the pet store this weekend, we were approached by a sales representative marketing a "gourmet" pet food brand. One of the biggest selling points was apparently that the food contains "wholesome ...
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Does a rabbit's activity level impact the dietary limits of sugars?

According to guidelines posted by the House Rabbit Society, sugar (from fruits, etc) intake should be limited for rabbits. A comment in a question about rabbit diet suggested that bunnies that are ...
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Are carrots a healthy part of a rabbit diet?

Pretty much every iconic image of Bugs Bunny shows him with a carrot in his hand/paw. For many people, this image of Bugs is one of the first things which pops into their mind when considering what to ...
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What kind of diet do Vietnamese Mossy Frogs need?

I assume that, being frogs, they're insectivores, but what insects would be a good diet for them? Would a diet of only crickets be okay, or would I need to feed them other types of insects as well?
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What mammals that are commonly kept as pets can be kept healthy on a vegan diet? [closed]

We know from Can I feed my cat a vegetarian or vegan diet? that trying to force a vegan diet on some types of pets might not be healthy. If someone is looking for pet, with a preference for a ...
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What types of food and vitamins are appropriate for a leopard gecko?

My partner and I have had many reptiles over the years (bearded dragons, snakes of various sizes etc) but our latest additions are 2 leopard geckos - we're not sure exactly what breed, but we think ...