My kitten is so fat. I only feed her like a cup each day, half a cup in the morning and half a cup in the night. I don’t feed her free whenever she want’s it, she gets a certain amount of food each! But she seems like she always wants more! What will I do? Should I give her more? Help.
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I have a female Rottweiler who we think is about 10 years old (we have had her 9 years this coming May). She was diagnosed last week with Renal Kidney failure. She has been on Hills K/D diet for 5 days now and is pretty much refusing to touch it. I am able to force-feed her pills so she is getting most of her meds (we’re having trouble with the powder formula), but I am questioning the food. I would like to do something natural or be able to add something to her diet but my vet is saying she needs to be on this strict kidney diet. However, if she’s refusing to eat it, it’s not doing her any good. We have tried the kibble and the wet food and she doesn’t care for either. This morning I even tried 1 TBSP. of low sodium vegetable broth and about ½ TSP. of Gerber baby food green beans (which she normally loves) mixed in the wet food and she still would not eat it. She has always had a very sensitive stomach and throws up easily so I hesitate to try too many unusual and different foods. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Recently we received this article from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and it answered a question we’ve received from pet owners in the past – and something we’ve wondered ourselves.
Here is the answer and what to do about it:
Man’s best friend has some baffling habits that sometimes offend man’s best sensibilities. Nobody likes to talk about it, but everyone wonders, “Why does my dog eat poop?”
Dr. Kelly Ballantyne, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine, has a special interest in animal behavior and offers behavior consultations for pet owners. Veterinary behavior integrates medicine, research, learning science, and deductive reasoning, but some behaviors can’t quite be figured out.
Dr. Ballantyne says this habit of dogs usually has nothing to do with their health, and it falls into the “unexplainable behaviors” category. While there is no solid answer as to why dogs eat poop, there are some linked behaviors for the majority of the dogs who do.
Ironically, the dogs who eat poop tend to be very fastidious. They do not soil their sleeping or resting areas. So contrary to human logic, this behavior is not a “dirty dog” behavior.
There has been limited research on this puzzling question. One study showed that in domestic dogs, those that had been spayed and neutered were 50 percent more likely to eat stool than intact dogs. There is also evidence that dogs that eat quickly are twice as likely as to eat stool as dogs who are picky or slow eaters. If you have a dog that’s a picky eater, that behavior might have a positive side!
Published findings also indicate that the behavior is most common among basset hounds, shelties, poodles, and various retriever breeds.
The next question that comes up actually is more important: How do you keep your dog from eating poop?
Unfortunately, behavior modification does not seem to be a very reliable or effective way to prevent poop-eating. Commercial food additives marketed as addressing this problem also have not been found to be effective.
The most effective prevention method is to be diligent. Keep the yard clean and pick up stool immediately after your dog defecates. When walking your dog, have good control with the leash and, well, have great reflexes!
So while it isn’t completely understood why dogs eat stool, the best advice is to minimize their access.
For more information, contact your local veterinarian.
An archive of Pet Columns from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is available online at http://vetmed.illinois.edu/petcolumns/
I believe every dog has different dietary needs, so how do you determine which is the right food to feed a dog?
I’ve done a bit of trial and error on my own, but thought one of you may have guidelines on the subject. For example I have a book Eat Right Four Your Type – that states different blood type people require different diets.
Our 10 year old bouvier had surgery in late September to have a couple decayed teeth removed, a general teeth cleaning and two small lumps in her hind quarter removed (biopsy indicated they were calcified fat tissue). Post surgery she was fed soft food until her gums healed (canned food).
After 14 days I tried to get her back on her dried food and began by mixing it with soft (canned), but she ate very little and then after another week chose not to eat dog food at all.
During the offering of soft food and the reintroduction of dried food, I noticed that she would vomit a few hours after consumption.
After those few weeks of trying to find something she would eat and significant weight loss (20 lbs since surgery) she began to lose hair particularly on her elbows and no new growth was happening in the site of the surgery. I began to make her home made dog food, combo of boiled chicken, rice, oatmeal, carrots, broccoli of which she willingly ate and no experienced no vomiting after eating. She has been on this diet for about 6 weeks now and she has gained back some weight but the hair loss has progressed with patchiness on her sides.
She is easily stressed and she has been very needy since the surgery (wants to be with me all the time, follows me around the house).
I should mention that we have another dog in the home and she has a great coat and appetite.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I have a 9-1/2 year old Bischon who has problems with crystals in her urine.
She recently had a bladder x-ray and, thankfully, no stones. She is on Hills U/D and gets 500 mg of Vit. C twice a day. She goes several months with no bleeding. Then it starts up again and she has blood in her urine and the Vet puts her on Clavamox for 2 or 3 weeks.
I would love to find a permanent relief for them.