Diet & Nutrition

Hepatic Lipidosis and Liver Problems in Cats

Filed Under: Cats, Diet & Nutrition

The most common cause of liver problems in the cat is Hepatic Lipidosis. The exact cause of this condition is not known but it is associated with a period of anorexia (not eating) in the feline patient. Cats that are overweight or obese tend to incur the problem more frequently and repeat attacks are common. Stress appears to be the inciting cause of Hepatic Lipidosis. Stressful situations in the cat may include any change to their normal routine including: boarding, moving, the death of an additional pet or an owner, or simply a change in diet.

Gastrointestional Ulcers in Horses

Filed Under: Horses, Diet & Nutrition

Gastric ulcers may be an important source of gastrointestional problems in foals and adult horses under stress. The prevalence and severity of ulcers in an adult horse will increase as stress increases. A horses with a nervous disposition is more likely to have ulcers than a quiet or easygoing animal. Horses under intense training, such as race horses, tend to have moderate to severe gastric changes and up to 90% of racing horses may be affected.

Caring for Your Box Turtle

Filed Under: Reptiles, Diet & Nutrition, General Care, Turtles

Box turtles are one of the most popular amphibian pets, particularly for children. This is partly due to their reputation as an easy pet to care for. When treated well and housed properly, box turtles are very easy to care for, and easy to love. But as easy-going as they seem to be, box turtles do need proper and attentive care.

Box turtles get their moniker from their unique hinged shell, which allows them to completely withdraw their head and limbs, closing their shell like a box.

Rawhide as a Dog Treat

Filed Under: Dogs, Diet & Nutrition

Rawhide is the inner layer of cattle hide which is processed and given to dogs. Most dogs dearly love to chew on rawhide pieces, but problems can occur if the rawhide given is too small for your pet. Often an overzealous pet will swallow pieces or small rawhide bones rather than chewing on them. This is especially true when there is competition for treats among several dogs. Swallowing these large pieces can result in choking. It’s better to choose a rawhide treat that’s too large for your dog, rather than too small.

Rats for Pets

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, Diet & Nutrition, General Care, Rats

Anyone who has known a pet rat will tell you how friendly, intelligent, compassionate and adorable rats can be. In addition, they are very easy to care for, provided you can dedicate enough time to bonding with your new friend.

Choosing a Diet for the Geriatric Cat

Filed Under: Cats, Diet & Nutrition

Nutrition is an important subject at any age. The geriatric cat tends to present a unique set of problems. Cats are by virtue of their nature are an obligate carnivore; they require meat in their diet. Cats do not typically consume carbohydrates which constitute the energy portion of most diets. Cats must therefore create a carbohydrate source by changing proteins through a process call deamination. The end product of this deamination process is urea. Proteins are typically used as a carbohydrate source over their lifetime and will therefore cause greater stress on their kidneys.

I have an eight month old poodle with double fang teeth on each side. Is there a problem with these teeth?

Filed Under: Dogs, Diet & Nutrition

Puppies can have a problem when baby teeth don't fall out as expected. Retained baby canine teeth can be a severe problem because hair, plaque and food can become packed between the adult and baby canine tooth. The impacted material will result in decay and or displacement of the adult tooth. Baby teeth should not be allowed to remain once the adult teeth have come in. If a breed or family of dogs has a history of retained teeth it is better to remove baby teeth before they cause the permanent teeth to come in misaligned.

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