Do you find that your dog or cat commonly has an upset tummy? Does he suffer frequently from diarrhoea and vomiting? Perhaps he has a variable appetite and maybe has lost some weight. Although there are many possible causes of these symptoms, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a common condition in dogs and cats responsible for causing ongoing gastrointestinal signs. In this article, we will take a look at what IBD is, how it is diagnosed and how we can manage it. Diet plays a very important role in the management of IBD, so we will be taking a look at what food is best for dogs and cats with this condition.
Whether you’re thinking about adding a kitten or puppy to your family, or if your kitten or puppy is getting older, you may be thinking about what is the best food to feed them. If your pet is approaching one year old, it is probably time to think about switching from kitten or puppy food to adult food. But is making this change essential? What are the differences between these diets? And how can you best make the change? Let’s take a look. Do we need to feed kittens and puppies a different food to adult cats and dogs? The short answer is, yes - puppies and kittens need to be fed a different diet than adults.
- You may be keen to support your local wildlife and are wondering what food you can leave out. Or perhaps you are considering feeding some tinned cat or dog food to a different pet. Either way, let’s explore what other animals can also eat canned cat or dog food. It’s important to note that each species of animal has slightly different natural diets and nutritional requirements. So before you consider feeding any animals, it’s important that you do your research first. Let’s look at some animals which can also eat canned cat and/or dog food. Hedgehogs are insectivores. In the wild, they snuffle through the undergrowth looking for bugs such as earthworms, ground beetles, caterpillars, earwigs and millipedes.
Pancreatitis is a potentially life-threatening condition which can affect both dogs and cats. But what is pancreatitis? How is it treated? And what should you feed a dog or cat with pancreatitis? Let’s take a look. Pancreatitis means inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a small fleshy organ which sits near the stomach and intestines inside the abdomen. The pancreas has many functions, but is important for digestion and regulating blood sugar levels. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, the digestive enzymes which are normally only active in the gut become activated in the pancreas itself, and the surrounding areas.
Increasingly, pet owners and vets are looking for more natural ways to support the health of their pet. ‘Preventative healthcare’ promotes a healthy diet and lifestyle as key components of good health.
However, with the wealth of (sometimes misguided) information available at our fingertips via the internet, and the plethora of diets to choose from, it can be hard to know what’s best for our feline and canine friends.
This article discusses the potential pros and cons of an increasingly popular ingredient for pets, green tripe.
Periodontal disease is one of the most common health conditions affecting adult dogs. It affects more than 80% of dogs over the young age of only 3 years. It’s a painful condition that can progress if left untreated, causing problems around the rest of the body, such as kidney and heart disease. The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable! So, here’s all you need to know about keeping your dog’s teeth and gums healthy.
What is Periodontal disease?
Sadly, kidney disease is very common in senior cats, in particular chronic kidney disease (or CKD). Unfortunately, there is no cure for chronic kidney disease, so treatment is aimed at both improving quality of life and slowing the progression of the disease. Diet is a very important, and clinically proven, part of the management of kidney disease. So, let’s explore what food is best for cats with kidney disease.