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Food, Feeding and Related Issues
What to feed our pets is one of the most complex topics in the pet-care industry. Since veterinary guidance on nutrition is influenced heavily by pet food manufacturers—and what goes into those cans and bags is not regulated as closely as the human food industry—it is no wonder the conscientious pet owner is overwhelmed with too many choices. Does price determine quality? Is raw better than cooked, canned better than dry? Homemade better than commercial? What about a diet for my special-needs pet? For my finicky eater? Feast on the links below!
"Cat Food and Nutrition" This link provides basic guidance on how to select a fully nutritious diet for your cat, which has distinctly different needs than your dog. You'll find guidance on reading labels of commercial foods, the differences between dry and canned, and the right quantity of food.
"Dog Diet and Nutrition" An in-depth look at the available diets for dogs, including raw, commercial, all-natural, big name brands, even vitamins and supplements.
"The Best Dog Food: What Are Your Options" This link has a video presentation that opens immediately, taking away from a relaxed read, so scroll down to turn it off until you’re ready. Overall, the site is an easy-to-read, fact-packed discussion of the diets for dogs, and how food affects your dog’s health and overall life.
"How to Deal with a Cat That's a Picky Eater" Tony Buffington, nationally known expert in feline health and nutrition, offers tips for the feline finicky eater.
"Overweight Cats: Diets and Associated Health Risks" Overweight cats face many health-related diseases and conditions, all of which can be avoided with dietary changes and controls. This site provides seven simple steps to help your kitty slim down.
"Cat Food 101: what You Need to Know About Feeding Your Cat" Covers the spectrum, from cat food quality, wet vs. dry, holistic foods, how to change your cat’s diet, and how to store food to maintain quality.
"Cat Nutrition—Meow!" Chock-full of interesting tips on holistic, raw cat food diets, including recipes and guidance on food selection.
Some dogs live boring lives, waiting for you to come home. Although there is no substitute for good, consistent off-leash dog-to-dog interaction, the next best thing might just be a simple rubbery toy stuffed with peanut butter or other wholesome almost-unattainable treat!
"KONG Safe User Guide" Why not hear about the KONG’s attributes direct from the “horse’s mouth," the first KONG’s manufacturer.
"Recipe for the Almost Perfect Dog" Including innovative ways to stuff a KONG.
"KONG is King" (.pdf) For further endorsement of the benefits of a kong, this article doesn’t disappoint!
Illness or death of our beloved pets can be heartbreaking, but when it could have been avoided through basic knowledge, it is devastating. Read on to learn the basics for ensuring your pet’s safety.
"What to Do if Your Pet Is Poisoned" This practical guide calms you down and arms you with what you need to know and do to save your pet. Available in Spanish as well as English.
Pet Poison Helpline Connects a 24-hour hotline available to any pet owner or veterinarian in North America seeking guidance for pet poisoning. There is a fee of $35 for the service.
"Animal Poison Control Center" Provides another poison control hotline, with a $60 fee. There is also a sign-up to receive a “Free Pet Safety Pack,” including a window decal that alerts rescue personnel that pets are inside and a magnet with the poison control hotline number displayed for easy access.
"Poison Prevention" Provides a comprehensive poison-control guide to what substances can harm a variety of pets (you can select specific types of pets), what to do and who to call, in affiliation with the ASPCA’s poison control center.
"Animal Poison Control FAQ" Provides FAQs to ascertain steps to take in an emergency, and what flowers, plants, food, drugs, common household and seasonal items pose a threat to your pet.
"People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets" A short guide of foods to avoid feeding your pets and why. Also available in Spanish.
"Toxic and Nontoxic Plants" Provides access to a comprehensive list of toxic and nontoxic plants, including a search box to type in your selection, for dogs, cats, and horses.
"What You Should Know About Household Hazards to Pets" Provides a list of hazards in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, garage, yard, and in general (as well as at holiday time).
"Top 10 Human Medications that Poison Our Pets" Provides a list of the top 10 human medications that are poisonous to pets.
"Safeguarding Cats from Plants" Provides insight into why cats eat plants, and what to do to safeguard your greenery in the household. Also discusses plant “potties.”
"A Poison Safe Home" Tips for avoiding a variety of poisonous substances in your home.
"Making a First Aid Kit for Your Cat" Provides guidance from Drs. Foster and Smith on “Making a First Aid Kit for Your Cat.”
"What to Avoid Feeding Your Cat" Provides a helpful color-coded chart to display for quick reference to toxic substances for your cat.