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If used correctly, pet treats can be a great asset. However, there are important things to consider before offering your cat or dog a treat. In addition to discussing the best practices for treat-giving with your veterinarian (who will have a detailed medical history of your pet), we've asked an expert to answer some of the more common questions regarding pet treats, as well as some guidelines before you open up the treat jar. Credit: Getty Creative 1. What Ingredients Should I Look For In a Treat? Just like you do with your pet's everyday food, you may want to consider providing your cat or dog treats which are "complete and balanced." These treats will have the combination of nutrients ...

I believe the biggest problems most cats face today are boredom, inactivity, and obesity. Think about it. We've taken a species whose ancestors spent countless hours each day procuring enough food to survive and moved them indoors with near continuous access to food that doesn't try to escape from them. Is it any wonder so many cats are fat and a touch neurotic? Credit: Edwin Lee / Flickr The solution to these interrelated problems lies in promoting the activity that every cat enjoys - hunting. No, I'm not advocating that we all let our cats outdoors (local wildlife would not be appreciative) or introduce a mischief of mice into our homes, but we can make some simple changes that support a...

I just had a disturbing conversation with a neighbor about his dog Maggie. Maggie is an elderly black lab who is doing surprisingly well despite suffering from diabetes mellitus, lumbosacral stenosis (causing extreme hind end weakness), protein-losing nephropathy (a disorder that causes her to spill protein into her urine), and allergies. She also recently recovered from a nasty bout of diarrhea, which her veterinarian suspects was a result of some changes she made in Maggie's medication protocol. Credit: Getty Creative My neighbor often asks for my opinion about his animals' health, so I didn't think anything was out of the ordinary when he stopped me as I walked past his house... until h...

When I discuss the possibility that a cat might be suffering from a food allergy, owners will often say "that's not possible, I changed his food and he didn't get any better." This has no effect on my tentative diagnosis for a couple of reasons: Credit: Thinkstock 1. The chance that the food change removed the ingredients most commonly associated with food allergies is slim. 2. Even if the ingredient list looks appropriate, over the counter foods are often mislabeled. The most common ingredients associated with food allergies in cats are, in descending order: 1. beef 2. dairy products 3. fish 4. lamb 5. wheat 6. chicken 7. corn gluten/corn 8. egg Cats can be allergic to one or more of t...