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Can dogs eat the leftover bones from grilled ribs?

In general, I would avoid giving cooked bones to a dog. Cooking makes the bones very brittle and much more likely to shard and cause injury. It's also because they're cooked that they crunched through ...
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What 'Special Occasion' Food Can I Feed My Cat?

It would be hard for us to say what is "special" or not. We don't really know your cat. We don't know her likes or dislikes or the kinds of treats or food you normally feed. If you were to be asked ...
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My cat just drank one bowl full of water in an hour, is this normal?

One instance of a cat drinking 4oz of water in a sitting is not really alarming, but if you are noticing a pattern of your cat drinking more water than usual, repeatedly emptying the bowl in one ...
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What is in cat treats that make them so attractive?

I would guess that it's some combination of being high in protein, high in fats (cats are as tuned to seek high-energy-source foods as we are, but it's claimed that they don't much notice sugar), ...
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Is there a safe dose of vitamin D to give a cat?

I don't like answering my own question, but because I came across this article below and it's slightly different than the answers above, I thought I'd post it as an alternative answer. I also ...
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Why does my dog ignore the treats I try to give him when playing?

If a dog is too excited by something (either positive or negative) he may refuse a treat that he would normally accept. You can think about it this way: You're walking down the street and see a ...
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Is it okay to feed my cats canned tuna?

Tuna in oil is the only thing my sick cat can digest at the moment. He has lung inflammation and is on medication; the coughing is making him swallow air, which in turn is making him "gak" a lot. That ...
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How to get dog to give back a bone when you have nothing better to give?

You can try distracting her with something else. My dog gets this way with balls and she's an expert guarder. Squeek a toy that she can't see, or try acting like you're about to go out (jingling keys, ...
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What treats are safe for horses?

Treats There are countless treats which are safe for horses. The majority of fruits and vegetables are safe, along with some foods you might not expect, like candy. In general, as long as you aren't ...
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What treats are safe for horses?

I feed my horse only with grass, hay, oats if I trained him and supplementary minerals adapted to his blood tests. As a treat I use pressed flax pellets (what remains when pressing flax oil) or for ...
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My cat just drank one bowl full of water in an hour, is this normal?

Never ever give sweets to cats; first of all, because it might kill your cat; and second, cats cannot taste sweetness. The reason why your cat drinks lots of water is to try to flush out the poison ...
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Treat substitutions for a restricted diet cat?

I suggest you look for freeze dried fish cat treats. Typically fish is the only ingredient. They are somewhat smelly (which for pets is generally a desirable characteristic). It's easy to break into ...
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What 'Special Occasion' Food Can I Feed My Cat?

It's better not to give something special to your cat before surgery. Even us humans have hospital food for a reason. Stick to it's regular diet in order for her digestive system not to be disturbed ...
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What makes a treat only suitable for a certain age range?

I've seen that before as well and couldn't find any significant reason that's directly obvious. The only one I could come up with are indeed the ingredients: A puppy needs a different relative amount ...
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Can horses eat bread?

I think the biggest thing they worry about with feeding "too much" bread is imbalance of vitamins and trace minerals that are possible. I know here A LOT of people use loaves of bread to feed to ...
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Authoritative resource for toxic foods for rats

The ASPCA has a useful list of foods to avoid on their website, and as far as I can tell the information is consistent with what I've learned from vets and other reputable sources. Also see their list ...
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Dog ate cough-suppressant candy (made for humans)

"If you think your dog may have eaten something dangerous, CALL YOUR VET or: ASPCA POISON CONTROL HOTLINE (888)426-4435, NATIONAL PET POISON HELPLINE (800)213-6680" Yeah, I'd say the first thing to ...
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What are good fillings for a Kong?

Biscuits to bulk it out it, meat paste (pate) to glue it together, then freeze it. It'll occupy your dog for hours.
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What are good fillings for a Kong?

Carrots! They're awesome for your dogs teeth, not high in calories, and a good source of vitamins. Chop them up in different sizes and use a larger one to hold them in. You can even put some pumpkin ...
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Why does my dog ignore the treats I try to give him when playing?

Don't forget that it is the dog who decides what's a reward, what's not or what's a punishment. So in your case he chose that the best reward is catching the frisbee. Don't worry about it and use it ...
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Are rawhide bones or natural raw bones potentially dangerous for a dog?

There's a persistent rumor (at least where I live) that all hollow bones (like those in legs) are harmful to dogs and all non-hollow bones (like ribs and shoulder blades) are safe. This myth is wrong. ...
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Why does my dog ignore the treats I try to give him when playing?

If the dog is sufficiently rewarded by the activity itself you do not need treats, which will only distract from what you're trying to train. He doesn't want it, that's a good sign that he's been ...
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Is there a safe dose of vitamin D to give a cat?

Just like in most terrestrial animals, humans included, sunlight is needed to produce vitamin D. It is not the vitamin D that is the most dangerous, but the content of vitamin A is. But your question ...
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Is there a safe dose of vitamin D to give a cat?

NO. Do not feed your cat human food. Period. Your cat probably thinks that a lot of things are tasty, more so if you eat it. Don't let her. It will kill her. A lot of things we humans can eat without ...
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Is it possible to break a cat's habit to swallow treats whole?

Cats are specialized for eating meat, more so than many other carnivores such as dogs. Chewing food is more a necessity when eating plant matter. Cats, being such specialized predators, even have ...
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Treat substitutions for a restricted diet cat?

My cats love tuna, salmon and shrimp packaged treats, but the first ingredient listed on all three packages is chicken, so that’s out for you, at least for Temptations brand. Unfortunately, fresh ...
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How often (and what type) should I reward during grooming?

In general, dogs don't have the mental capacity to connect a reward to any action that happened more than a few seconds ago. If you wanted to teach her a command, you'd have to reward it immediately ...
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Why does my dog ignore the treats I try to give him when playing?

It's nothing too complicated, he probably just doesn't want to miss a chance to chase the frisbee. I would suggest getting some treats that have a stronger smell, and don't require chewing (the ...
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Can dogs eat the leftover bones from grilled ribs?

No bones period, bones are NOT good for dogs not even a little bit. They grind away their teeth and have risks of breaking their teeth as well (see it all the time in clinic), bone chewers always have ...
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