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?
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.
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?
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?