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Controlling Cat Treats

Friday, June 24, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

CATTREATI must admit, my cats are spoiled and I should really abide by my own rules regarding giving them snacks. If you give them too many treats, they can develop weight problems. Are cat treats good for your cat? Well as with anything we eat, moderation is key. Cat treats should be a very small part of your cat’s diet. Many experts recommend cat treats make up no more than 10% of the total calories a cat eats. Most treats don’t add anything but calories to a cat’s diet. The remaining 90% of your cat’s calories should come from a high-quality, nutritionally complete cat food. My cat Molly, has chronic kidney failure and is on a prescription diet. My vet told me that she could still have cat treats but just a couple per day. I usually put Millie’s treats in a little plastic mouse which she has to toss around to get the treat. A little exercise will never hurt! You should also look at the labels and make sure that the treat is approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This group sets pet food manufacturing standards . Now I have to abide by my own rules and cut down on the amount of treats that I feed my cats!

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Ouch! Another Bee Sting!

Friday, June 24, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dog bee stingYou’re throwing around dog toys in the grass and your pet is having a great time. As he goes to fetch his toy, you notice him flinch. It appears that he was stung by a bee. His face swells up and he may have difficulty breathing.

Dogs are constantly sniffing the ground. Sometimes they’ll stir up some angry bees. It’s not unusual for your dog to get stung on his face. Many dogs will also swat or dig at an irritating insect, so bug bites and stings occur on the paws as well. You’ll know if your pet was stung because the affected area will swell. Most stings and bites are not serious but if your dog’s reaction is particularly severe or he develops breathing difficulty, call you veterinarian immediately. Your pet may be having an allergic reaction. For mild allergic reactions, your vet will likely prescribe pet medication such as an antihistamine or topical creme. In severe cases, a shot of epinephrine and emergency fluids may be needed.

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