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Alexandra | 6 months ago
Best Diet/nutrition For Cats. Advice

Hello,

I have two 4 year old cats who are brothers and I want to ask your opinion on what the best diet is for them. Both of them have spurts of throwing up after eating their food too fast (they both have been to the vet recently and had a normal exam) and I just want to give them the best diet possible so they can live a long healthy, happy life. What dry foods do you recommend? Grain free vs with grain? Should I also be incorporating wet food as well? What do you recommend?

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Krista Magnifico
5 months ago

Hello,
There is not a “one diet fits all” advice. I have four cats and. Feed science diet. Canned and dry. But I know the health status of all of them. Please ask your vet, the person who knows your cats health status best, what their thoughts and advice are.

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Sharon Kim | 9 months ago
My Male Cat Is 2 Yrs Old And He Has A Small History Of Urinary Issues. He …

My male cat is 2 yrs old and he has a small history of urinary issues. He went in for not being able to pass urine in May 2019. Vet #1 suggested prescription wet food(hills c/d multicare) and perineal urethrostomy. While he was hospitalized with a catheter and IV fluid therapy I did my research and the surgery seemed risky and I wanted a second opinion. After my boy was discharged I went to vet #2. Vet #2 reviewed urinalysis and bloodwork and didn’t see reason for surgery at the moment as cat was passing urine okay. Vet #2 said to continue with the food and gave dasuquin supplements.
Fast forward to present day April 2020 almost 1 year later he’s still on the c/d wet food, hasn’t had any blockages since. I want to change his diet to Open Farm which is a higher quality food and I am a bit nervous. Should I get another urinalysis or bloodwork done before making the transition? Is it necessary to make an appointment and ask my vet? The c/d is ranked below average for nutrition and ingredients from what I have read and I don’t want to be paying for food that’s not the best but it has a high price tag! I currently feed him 1 can/day and add salmon oil.

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Sarah
9 months ago

Good morning😊What does your vet say about the food change? Is this food a recommendation from them? If your cat is doing well with their current diet, I personally would stay, unless of course the vet feels change is necessary. Just coming from the mindset that it is working so I wouldn’t mess with anything. I know that lately there are a lot of pet food brands vying for our attention- some of them are valid, but a lot of designer pet foods are just flash. The fda does have a list of information on pet food and regulations as… Read more »

Laura
9 months ago

I’d LOVE to be able to switch my cat back to his normal food, but the veterinary diet he’s on is keeping him as healthy as possible. I pay more to keep him healthier.

Yes, you need to ask your vet about this. Don’t change foods without their involvement.

Krista Magnifico
9 months ago

I agree with Sarah and laura. You are sooo lucky that your cat has done so well and soo tempting fate and a 2500 PU surgery if you change food. Stick with what works. I have seen this happen too many times to ever recommend changing diets.

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Susie Gibson | 2 years ago
Teddy, Male Castrated DSH, Almost 10 Years Old. We Are In The UK. Teddy Was…

Teddy, male castrated DSH, almost 10 years old. We are in the UK. Teddy was hand reared from a week old. He has always presented with loose stools &/or diarrhoea which no one has even been able to attribute a specific cause to. Over the years, we have tried antibiotics including metronidazole, probiotics, prednisolone, drontal & panacur (as part of a worming programme), prescription diets, a raw diet, B12 injections, peridale granules & pancreatic enzymes. The only things which seemed to have some success were the metronizadole & the raw diet. All this time despite having a sore rectum & greasy coat, Teddy has never really acted sick until this week, when he went from having a good appetite to not wanting to eat & hiding. Teddy was very dehydrated. He was placed on iv fluids, had a convenia & B12 injection, had panacur & a gastro-protectant. Teddy has been hospitalised for 5 days. He is still on a drip. They have ruled out FIV & FelV, doesn’t have kidney or liver damage, WBC is very high, does not have a fever, isn’t anaemic. Taken a stool sample. The diarrhoea has stopped but is barely eating & having to be syringe fed. Teddy as Today they said Teddy appears to want to eat but is struggling to do so but doesn’t have any dental issues. They mentioned possibly pancreatitis as a cause for Teddy’s symptoms but can’t rule out parasites or an infection at this stage. Teddy has always been a small cat but he is now just 2.2kg. I asked the vet about a feeding tube but they said no as it would require an anaesthetic & Teddy isn’t well enough for that. The crux of this is that if Teddy doesn’t get adequate nutrition into him, he is going to die. How can I persuade my vet to change their mind?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I’m so Sorry to hear about Teddy’s troubles. I think a few things might help. 1. Ask for a referral to an internal medicine specialist or a feline specialist. 2. Get an ultrasound. 3. You cannot and should not convince someone who isn’t and doesn’t want to be convinced. Just ask for a referral. 3. I agree with you on the feeding tube neccessittt while you try to figure out his issue. (My opinion and I am not there so please use the advice of your own vet… no one likes a back seat driver. Lol). I would also… Read more »

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Judy Gagne | 3 years ago
My 15 Wk Old Kitten Needs A Feeding Tube And Emergency Vet Released Him After…

My 15 wk old kitten needs a feeding tube and emergency vet released him after 3 days because I had no money left ($1600 paid). He fights syringe feeding, will not eat at all or drink (URI) and is so dehydrated. I am doing all I can but he is not going to make it unless I can get nutrition and fluids into him. Bad diarrhea and some vomiting as well. He can’t die!!

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Sarah
2 years ago

Just to add- explain your situation about what you’ve paid our. See if there is a lower cost way to get the help or a payment plan you can sign up for or special funding you are eligible for.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
Please call your regular vet and every local rescue/shelter to find someone who can help. Keep calling and keep looking. I wish you both well.

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Cheryl Sobocinski | 3 years ago
Has Anyone Had A Kitty That Developed An Autoimmune Disease Where Their Body Attacks The…

Has anyone had a kitty that developed an autoimmune disease where their body attacks the plaque on the teeth causing extreme pain and inability to eat? I have 2 now that have developed it and have had to have all their teeth extracted. I’m having such a difficult time making sure they get the nutrition they need. Looking for sugggetikns and possibly an explanation as to why this happens to cats. I just want to make sure I’m not doing anything that caused it.

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3 years ago

Are the cats related in any way?

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

I think you are referring to stomatitis? I have seen it most often in young cats.. even whole litters.. in most cases the only way to resolve it completely is to remove all of the teeth. I know it sounds terrible but these cats are so much happier afterward.. I have done many of them. I have also tried every other conceivable treatment option. At this point I tell my clients to save their money on all of the other stuff,, like steroids, anitbiotics, and just pull the teeth. Often we do it in stages. All of the molars first.… Read more »

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Rob Idol | 3 years ago
We Have A Foster Puppy That Has Distemper – In The Last Day He’s…

We have a foster puppy that has distemper – in the last day he’s developed myoclonus in his back leg. He has only had the respiratory symptoms for about a week and has been on antibiotics the whole time (we initially suspected Kennel Cough as did the vet).

He has shown no gastrointestinal symptoms at all – appetite and digestion have remained healthy (if not voracious) throughout.

The snap test at the vet came back negative but I know these can be incredibly unreliable with Distemper. The appearance of the myoclonus in conjunction with the other symptoms has all but confirmed it for us (happy to hear an alternative opinion of course!).

He’s about a month old and when he came to us was malnourished but until this popped up has strengthened and thrived. We have him on nutritional supplements as well. So despite his circumstance and young age, his immune system has a little bit of fight in it.

I know what to look for in terms of it getting worse but what i’m really wanting to know is what to look for in terms of improvement. I know the myoclonus isn’t going anywhere in any event – assuming it doesn’t worsen or develop into seizures and assuming that his respiratory symptoms continue to improve and shows no sign of gastrointestinal issues, how will I know if he’s making progress? The appearance of the neuro signs are obviously of great concern but i’m not sure if them simply not worsening is a sign that he might be winning? I guess i’m a little lost because I know that neuro signs can be signs of the second stage of the disease but I also know that they can show up post recovery.

The myoclonus also only affects him when he’s quietly resting or in some stages of sleep. When he’s walking around it isn’t present and when he’s in deep sleep it doesn’t seem to be present either.

We know his chances aren’t good but just looking for a little bit of hope to hold on to. He has been to the vet but we foster in a third world country so whilst the vet does really good work, getting opinions outside their direct experience can be a little difficult.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, Unfortunately in these cases the only way to know is to watch and wait and see. And stay in very close contact with your vet. I also get concerned about spread of disease and other possible etiologies like rabies. I feel he is happy and functional (eating, drinking, peeing, pooping) and you are willing to provide the time, care and oversight he needs then all you can do after that is wait and see. But please keep your vet appraised of progress and direct patient care questions. Tell them you want to try to help this pup and ask… Read more »

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Sheila Smidt | 4 years ago
I Have An 8 Month Old Lab/husky Mix. I Was Wondering Why She Eats…

I have an 8 month old lab/husky mix. I was wondering why she eats wood, anything wood. pulls up fences and eats birdhouses. is she nutritionally deprived of something? we feed her purina dog chow.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I would ask your vet to check for intestinal parasites with a fecal examination sent to the lab, and I would even discuss bloodwork if anything looks suspicious. This is the best way to understand if there are any deficiencies. I would also discuss if your puppy is getting adequate exercise and then try very hard to train her and keep her safe. Chewing wood can break teeth, cause oral cavity issues and even an intestinal obstruction.

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brandon bales | 5 years ago
I Have A Great Dane Puppy Who Is Almost 4 Months. When He Arrived He…

I have a great Dane puppy who is almost 4 months. When he arrived he had a few little wart-like bumps speckled across The back of his neck and the top of his head. Over the past eight weeks since he’s been with me the bumps are spreading and they seem to be growing bigger in size.

He’s not losing hair and the bumps are not pussy. They are dry and flaky. The breeder says that she’s never had puppy mange in any of her dogs and that she thinks it’s a bacterial infection. The vet wasn’t sure and just said to keep an eye on it to see if he started losing fur.

My puppy doesn’t seem to be in too much discomfort. He’s eating and drinking well. I feed him Diamond brand large breed puppy food. That’s what the breeder fed him and the nutritional levels are right on par with what you suggest on your website. Sometimes I feed him cold apples or carrots from the fridge, to help with teething. It seems like his gums are driving him crazy so I also give him bully stick to chew on.

The bumps have spread all down his side and his leg and even on the skin by his genitals.

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4 years ago

Did the vet do a skin scrape?  

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Udai Chalak | 5 years ago
I Own A Male Neo Mastiff Which Is Like Around 5+ Years Old. All These…

I own a male neo mastiff which is like around 5+ years old. All these days it was good in aspects of his health except a few surgeries he had undergone like cherry eye in both his eyes which I heard that it was quite common in this breed.But nowadays he is not eating his food properly except his favorite chicken and Mutton and not even eggs.Consulting a veterinarian told that everything is normal after a few medical check ups including blood test.But still the problem couldn’t be diagnosed but the doctor told it may due to some nutritional deficiencies.I am too nervous that he didn’t have his food from 2 days.
Kindly advice on this. Is this a problem caused due to gas trouble

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Andrea Cox
4 years ago

He could have a stomach issue that doesn’t show up in blood work. If he hasn’t eaten in a couple days I think it’s time to go back to the vet.  Ultrasound or X ray to make sure he isn’t blocked up or eaten something bad like a sock. Is he in good spirits? Lonely? Stressed? If nothing has changed then maybe time for a 2nd opinion. You can try a new vet and they will order the tests from the old vet and start from there.. nutrition deficiencies should show up on blood work I think. Be gentle and… Read more »

Andrea Cox
4 years ago

Wanted to add.. If he has gas then yes it could hurt his belly but that could indicate his body doesn’t agree with the food and needs to be slowly changed up.. He could have a food allergy and sometimes it takes patience and effort to figure animals out. They can develop allergies later on or at any age.

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Jessica Pamela | 5 years ago
I Have Heard Of Nutri Cal For Puppies Thats Suppose To Make Them Eat Their…

I have heard of Nutri Cal for puppies thats suppose to make them eat their dog food its a gel you have to put on their food but I’m not sure if I should buy that product. Also when is it safe to feed them human food? Can dogs be given cow milk?

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4 years ago

do not give cow’s milk.  dogs can’t really handle it – gives them gastric upset.

have you taken her to the vet to make sure she’s OK?  what was she eating?  have you tried NOT giving her table scraps?  do you meal feed or free feed?