Dogs are beggars. Their big, wet, innocent eyes and supernaturally sweet demeanors make them pretty much impossible to deny. They want to hop up in bed with us? Fine, come on up. They don’t want us to leave the house? Okay, okay we won’t go out. We don’t need friends anyway. We have you, doggo! Honestly if they wanted money we’d give them cash. Mostly though, our dogs want food. All the time. And if it weren’t for the budgetary constraints we’d probably be serving up a bowl of medium-rare filet mignon every night to an animal that would just as happily eat an old hot dog out of the trash. Because love. But we have to show self-control for the sake of the pups we love so irrationally, yet justifiably. Because no matter how much you and I want to treat them, it’s more important to keep your dog healthy. There are foods that, no matter how sadly your good boy is looking up at you, you shouldn’t reach under the table and feed him. These are some of those foods dogs can’t eat.
At this point, who doesn’t love avocados? There’s a decent chance that even people who don’t love them lie and say they do just to fit in. Your dog loves them too. Because dogs love anything even remotely edible. Unfortunately, when you bring the pup to brunch they can’t be as cool as you are and have a piece of your avocado toast. For dogs, avocados can cause upset stomach, breathing trouble, and fluid buildup in the chest. They’re also a choking hazard. So can a dog eat avocados? No.
Almonds are a heart healthy snack and a great source of protein — for you. For your dog, though, they’re hard to digest and thus a source of stomach pain. Almonds can also cause pancreatitis and, like avocados, can be a choking hazard. Keep the decorative bowl of nuts above the table. Can a dog eat almonds? No.
It probably seems like a funny party trick to give your dog a beer (or stronger) but DO NOT DO THAT. Alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s brain and liver that it does on a human’s. Except a dog’s brain is roughly equivalent to that of a two year old child’s, and chances are your dog weighs less than 100 pounds, which means it’s like you’re giving alcohol to a very large toddler. That’s super not okay. Can a dog drink alcohol? NO.
“Fruit is healthy, so this is probably cool,” you think to yourself as you toss your dog a grape, somehow forgetting that you are a different species than your dog-shaped dog. While some fruits are fine for dogs to eat, grapes (and raisins) can lead to kidney failure, and cause vomiting and sluggishness. Can you feed your dog grapes? No.
Yes, we know, this sounds like fake news. Bacon is meat. Dogs love meat. There’s even an extremely popular brand of dog snack whose premise and advertising is predicated around a canine’s inherent love of bacon. We must be liars. But yeah, crazy story, bacon isn’t good for a dog to eat. Bacon is a fatty cut of meat, and eating it can lead to pancreatitis, digestion problems, and trouble absorbing nutrients. If the pup wants some meat, go with something leaner. Can a dog eat bacon? No more than a teeny, tiny piece every now and then. (Even we can’t fully advocate against spoiling your pup a little — BUT ONLY A LITTLE!)
There are many urban legends and idioms surrounding cats and their resilience – including the idea that cats have nine lives or land on their feet all the time. However, our feline friends are also some of the most sensitive pets and can be prone to depression, anxiety or illness when change occurs. When your cat stops eating it’s usually trying to alert you to the fact that something is wrong in the only way it knows how.
Here are ZippiVet’s top five reasons why your cat won’t eat.
Illness and Pain:
If your cat is ill, one of the first symptoms may be their lack of appetite and disinterest in food. Illnesses that can affect your cat’s appetite range from serious (infections, kidney failure, intestinal issues, the flu, cancer) to simple (an upset stomach). So it’s important to continue to observe your cat for symptoms including weight loss, vomiting, or diarrhea and bring your cat to Zippivet for a complete diagnosis.
Your cat may be avoiding food due to toothaches or pain when eating, especially if it’s an older cat. Common dental issues for cats include feline stomatitis (swelling and ulcers of the mouth), tooth resorption or fractured teeth.
Sometimes a curious kitten may get into something they’re not supposed to and, well, eat it. Foreign objects can get caught in your cat’s stomach. Common culprits include: string, small cat toys, tinsel, string lights, rubber bands, etc. These items may lodge themselves in the cat’s GI tract or wrap around intestines causing intense pain.
Depression or Anxiety:
Cats can be super sensitive to change. If you have recently moved, returned from a vacation, moved in with new people, changed your schedule or introduced a new pet to the home, these could all trigger psychological issues in your kitty leading to lack of appetite or food strikes.
Fickle Eating Habits:
Some cats are just plain fickle. Have you recently changed the brand of food or switched from wet to dry (or vice versa)? Perhaps your kitty is the high maintenance sort and is on a hunger strike when you switch from the Fancy Feast to the generic kibble.
What to do if your cat won’t eat:
If you notice other symptoms of illness including: weight loss, diarrhea, hair loss, excessive hiding, constipation, bleeding gums or teeth, or swelling in the mouth; bring your cat to your ZippiVet immediately so they can check for illness, dental disease or internal obstructions and provide a proper diagnosis.
If you chalk feline loss of appetite up to fickleness or psychological issues try to tempt your kitty with small quantities of tuna or liver or warm up some canned wet food. Also, bring your kitty into ZippiVet to meet with one of the trained vets to address their dietary and nutritional needs and find a proper nutrition regime that will keep both you and your kitty happy.
Contact ZippiVet to set up an appointment or discuss your cat’s diet today.