Dogs are classified as carnivores, but as a practical matter, they are omnivorous and can easily survive without meat, as long as they eat a balanced diet. Dog relatives like foxes and coyotes consume lots of fruit or other vegetation at certain times of the year. While not ideal for every dog, most dogs can be successfully converted to a vegetarian or even vegan diet, and there are several suitable commercial dog foods as well as homemade diets. If you are considering a vegetarian rather than vegan diet for your dog, a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet has more flexibility by allowing dairy products and eggs as protein sources.
Cats, however, are exclusively carnivorous by nature and by physiology. The cat's body has made many specific adaptations to its expected diet of prey, which consists mostly of protein, fat and moisture. While you may hear stories about successfully vegetarian cats (including one lion), as a veterinarian, I cannot recommend trying to make a cat exclusively vegetarian or vegan. I've just seen too many problems from it. However, one company makes a good canned food that can be helpful in reducing the amount of meat you need to feed your cat.
Let your pet heal in comfort with Comfy Cone. After surgery, so many vets send their patients home with the uncomfortable and unwieldy plastic white cone around their head, making the pet feel even more miserable and strange. The cone blocks out peripheral vision, so the pet bumps into walls and furniture, knocking things over.
Comfy Cone is made of nylon laminated onto ½ inch foam, so the Cone is soft and yielding while still being sturdy and protective. The many positive features include:
Has elastic loops to thread the pets own collar through to keep the Comfy Collar secure in place and keeping it from being pulled off or from falling off
Allows your pet to eat and drink in comfort
Collar can be folded back when eating and drinking or when checking wounds and irritations.
Velcro closures and tabs which adjust to many sizes and opens so you do not have to put pet's head thru Comfy Collar
Unique reflective binding to help protect you and your pet while going outside at night for walks and bathroom breaks
Pamper your kitty or smaller dog with this luxurious Cloudpuff blanket perfect for the inside of pet carriers, on cat furniture perches and ledges, and more.
The Cloudpuff blanket is made from the softest polyester plush available.
The suede-like backing and trim make the Cloudpuff a durable and comfy blanket that can be used as an extra layer of padding or rolled up and used as a pillow. Machine wash.
It is available in two sizes, Small and Medium--perfect for use with both the Sleepypod Mini and Regular Size. The Sleepypod can be ordered with a warmer too, and in Strawberry, Jet Black, Arctic White, Dark Chocolate and Sky Blue.
Leaves blood or blood-tinged urine in the litter box.
Cleans his/her genitals frequently
Rests on cool surfaces such as bathtubs or tile floors
They go on to say that cats previously treated for FLUTD are very susceptible to and are at the highest risk for recurrence. Neutered males are also at very high risk due to the physiology of the male cat's narrower urethra.
Scientific Professional Cat Litter is a lightweight cat litter formulated to indicate high urine pH by changing color. High urine pH can be one cause of urinary problems in cats.
Ultra lightweight - 70% lighter than clay
Virtually dust- and tracking-free
3 lbs of this litter works like 21 lbs of clay litter
Note: This litter should be used under the supervision of your veterinarian.
Wild animals are thought to heal themselves by eating plants that they are drawn to intuitively in their surrounding environment. Herbs and plants have healing powers, and many modern medicines are plant derivatives. This science has been around for eons. Here are two books on the subject.
Veterinary Herbal Medicine
By Dr. Susan Wynn and Dr. Barbara Fougere
Written by two prominent veterinarians, this full-color reference offers practical, evidence-based guidance on using more than 120 medicinal plants, including how to formulate herbal remedies to treat common disease conditions. A body-systems based review explores herbal medicine in context, offering information on toxicology, drug interactions, quality control, and other key topics.
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets
By Mary Wulff-Tilford and Gregory L. Tilford
This comprehensive guide offers step-by-step instructions on how to find, prepare, and use herbs to treat common pet ailments. The book covers North American herbs, including Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbs that grow in North America. It also provides detailed information on each herb.
One thing about pets is they usually don't exactly savor their food. If you have a pet that eats too fast, this Brake-Fast Bowl should improve their table manners. They have to work around the prongs and can't engulf the food quite so fast. Hopefully they will feel fuller and not want to eat so much.
Helps reduce the risk of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, aka Gastric Torsian or 'Bloat')
Slower eating makes an animal feel more full and reduces instances of 're-eating'
Veterinarian tested and recommended
Works with kibble or canned food
Elegant, no-tip shape
Durable, dishwasher safe plastic
Small: 1-1/2 cups for small breeds, flat face breeds & cats.
Medium: 5 cups (for Beagle to Bernese Mt. Dog).
Large: 8 cups (for giant breeds).
CHICAGO - Federal marshals carrying a search warrant visited the Joliet distribution center of PETCO Animal Supplies Inc. on Thursday, seizing animal food products that were allegedly contaminated.
The seizure came one day after the government filed a lawsuit and obtained the warrant to seize products at the warehouse operated by the San Diego-based animal food and supply company.
There were no known public health risks posed by the pet food and no incidents of human or animal illness have been traced to the products, U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald and other officials said in a statement issued by his office.
The center distributes pet food to Illinois, Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.