Pepper, My 30 lb. 13" beagle has an insatiable craving for cat food that I serve my 2 cats - I think mostly the seafood varieties. I have not found a seafood flavored dog food, and I understand there are some ill-effects of my dog consuming cat food. When the badgering gets intolerable, I "give in" and let her have some.
Please...Any suggestions, what are the risks, and if she continues to eat cat food, what effect will this have on her weight? I'd really like to see her lose a few, at the same time.
Thank you !!
Good news, it's actually worse for cats to have dog food than dogs to have cat food. Cats require taurine in their diet which has actually shown to benefit some dogs. Taurine is in all cat foods, but not routinely added to dog food.
An insatiable appetite in an overweight pet suggests there could be a metabolic problem underlying. Seeing your veterinarian for bloodwork including thyroid check would be highly beneficial, though it has no bearing on cat food consumption. Asking your veterinarian to design a weight loss plan for Pepper will help both of you to keep her on track. It's always free to visit your vet's office and get a weight! A weekly to every other week weigh in like Weight Watchers can make visiting your vet's office fun and get the results you're looking for at almost no cost!
As for seafood flavored dog food, a prescription diet great for allergies and hair coat that your veterinarian should have is fish and potato (aka FP), or whitefish and potato, and there's another similar based food. Although this is a prescription diet, using it as a seafood flavored food will not hurt Pepper. Not watching calories will hurt Pepper most.
Copyright 1994-2016MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.