Feeding time.

@MsTickle (24962)
Australia
March 22, 2010 4:25pm CST
I see lots of people only give their cat or dog dry food. I don't think it's enough. Is dry food a complete diet for our animals? My cat gets both dry and wet throughout the day as required. My dogs get dry in the morning and wet (home made) and dry at night. The puppy gets both as required. My pets have bright eyes and glossy coats and are very healthy. How often do you feed your pet/s and what do you give them? I know several people who only give their dog dry food every few days. The dog is tied up all the time. Not working and no real activity. Does this make not giving regular feeds ok? How do you exercise your pets and how often?
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@jb78000 (15178)
22 Mar 10
every few days is not often enough, and the dog needs exercise. as dawn said why get an animal if you aren't willing to look after it. as for wet versus dry food i don't think it matters as long as the food is decent quality. i don't have a cat just now, in the past my cat got dried food and hated wet. he was fine. most people i know with cats give both.
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@GardenGerty (96815)
• Marion, Kansas
23 Mar 10
How would those owners like it if they were only fed every few days, because they were sitting around doing nothing? They would not like it. Animals are our responsibility when we invite them into our lives.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
I'm appalled that people do this. These dogs are usually on a short chain and their filth is all around them. Even dogs don't like to sleep and eat amongst their droppings. I don't understand these people at all.
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
22 Mar 10
Well Gissi will not entertain dry Food at all and he will only eat one particular Can Food and that is winalot Chicken in Jelly, if I try to give him other he will not have it Gissi gets fed in the Morning and then in the evening when we come back from the Field He gets his Chewies in the Morning which are for his Teeth and bones My previous Dog could not eat wet food no matter what brand we bought it did not agree with him, but I used to put Gravy over his dried food Gissi goes to the Field in the Morning and at Night as he is only a little Dog that is enough for him
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
We already know Gissi is a social butterfly but now we know he is a Gourmet as well.
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
23 Mar 10
I told him this and you are in trouble lol Hugs
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
Ooops! You know I wub you Gissi.
@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
23 Mar 10
If you buy a good grade of dry food, you can feed them only dry. I feed a pretty high grade food and my cats (well except for the sick ones) all have loads of energy and lovely coats. Now, not feeding your pet every day? That's just wrong! My dogs eat dry, but there's lots of it every day for them.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
I make the dogs a porridge kind of thing with a kilo of chicken mince, half a package of frozen veggies, 3/4 cup of barley, 3 cups of rolled oats, a dessert-spoon of wet garlic, a pkt of chicken noodle soup and water. I cook it in a huge pot and put it into ice cream containers in the fridge. That does the about 5 - 6 days. I mix it with some kibble and that's their night meal. They have kibble for breakfast. The puppy has special puppy kibble. Lucy would think her throat's been cut if she had to miss a meal. A friend rescued her for me when she was a pup. She was given wheat biscuits and milk when someone thought to give it to her. She was living in a house with a group of young men. She was starving when I got her.
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@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
23 Mar 10
I know what they say about garlic and fleas, but garlic is a member of the onion family and they can damage a dog (or cat's) liver, far better to use brewers yeast. I know about dogs (and cats) that have been under fed - I have a few that have ballooned to amazing sizes because we free feed, but on the other hand, we have some we have trouble keeping the weight on them - and we can't have it both ways...
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
I've often been worried about the garlic aspect but I have checked and checked and I don't overdo it. Where do I get brewer's yeast and what are it's attributes please?
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
23 Mar 10
feed our puppy dry food 3 times a day not tied up and runs and bounces all the time or digging up the yard! Has every thing she needs
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
She sounds like a bundle of energy and very happy. Yay!
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
23 Mar 10
oh yes and gets so excited when we go outside she has even tore the skin on my hand to get petted. its healing pretty good now. She loves CHeyenne so much she stil bites her some dontknow how to stop that but most times they paly good
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
A sharp "NO!" in a stern voice whenever she does it should do the trick. She thinks you're her family and Cheyenne is another puppy. She needs to learn that her place is at the bottom of the pole. I have lots of fine scars on my arms from play with Lucy when she jumps up on me, I use my arms to hold her and she scratches me with her claws sometimes. She doesn't do it on purpose and is not aware. They take a while to heal sometimes. My skin is a lot thinner these days.
• United States
22 Mar 10
I am a proud owner of 4 dogs and 2 cats. They primarily eat dry food. It is a nutritionally balanced food. All of my fur babies are happy and healthy. I have found that with all of them, if I give them wet food as more than an occasional treat it seems to upset their digestive systems and they end up with diarrhea. Therefore, they only occasionally get wet food. I also have 4 children. My pets get regular exercise and run around with each other and the kids quite a bit. My pets are fed dry food 3 times a day and get treats and snacks in between. They all seem to do fine with this approach and have never had any problems. The people that are tying their dogs up and only feeding them every 3 days do not deserve to have animals at all. They are cruel and are unworthy of the love and companionship that animals can provide. At a bare minimum, and even this is wrong in my mind, animals need to be fed once a day. They also need regular exercise and need to be a part of a family.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
Sounds like you have a wonderful family. These are mainly working dogs I'm talking about. That is farm dogs or hunting dogs. The hunting dogs I know are kept hungry prior to going on a hunt for obvious reasons. I find this barbaric I've called the ranger in a couple of cases. I know he comes in and advises the people on the conditions that are acceptable but I don't think there is any follow up.
• United States
23 Mar 10
I, myself live on a farm. I have friends with hunting dogs and have never seen any of them be kept hungry. That is cruel and totally wrong to me. They should not be allowed to get away with that. I was browsing the internet last night and came across a site that showed investigations of puppy mills and breeding kennels. These are all federally licensed places. I was in tears after watching 2 videos and reading the stories. The things that people are getting away with in regards to animals is absolutely horrifying and disgusts me. I think that there need to be harsher punishments and more laws put in place to protect the animals in our lives. No one should get away with such horrible actions.
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• United States
23 Mar 10
Also, my dogs just received their 3rd feeding of the day. They got their dry food with olive oil and 2 raw eggs mixed in it. The olive oil was recommended by the vet for dry skin issues with my boxer. However, they said it was good for all the dogs, so they all get it in their last feeding of the day.
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@nubchai (11)
• United States
22 Mar 10
I think the dry cat foods are nutritionally complete. But with a dry food diet you really have to make sure your cat gets a lot of fresh water. I switched over to wet food and feed my two cats in the morning and in the evening. I'll also give them some dry treats like Greenies which both my cats are crazy for. As far as exercise they both chase each other around in the morning and at night which is pretty good exercise.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
Hello nubchai and welcome to myLot. Your kits sound like they live an ideal life; food, fun, family and love all add up to happy kitties. Sounds just lovely.
• United States
23 Mar 10
Hi MsTickle, Thank you. It's great being here ! My two cats really run the place. they keep me around to feed them and play with them
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
I think most of us are happily in the same boat my friend.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
27 Mar 10
If you KNOW people who only feed their pets every few days, PLEASE tell them to fix this. I have encouraged many people to give their cat/pets wet food also, and also the natural brands, instead of classic ones like Friskies and Alpo. We give dry food in the morning for our beloved cats. Then for lunch wet, dinner wet. Our cats are very picky and seem to like dry food more often (unlike in the past with our cats). But they eat when WE eat.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
27 Mar 10
I'm an Australian so I'm not familiar with the products you mention from your country.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
27 Mar 10
Australia! My father grew up in Australia and came here (in the US) for college and since then! But how are the natural cat food selections in Australia? It is growing steadily here in the U.S. (without ingredeints like sick "by-products" or the main ingredient "rice", etc.) I wonder if any of our natural cat foods are the same as your's. Cheers!
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@mtdewgurl74 (18120)
• United States
24 Mar 10
When I had my dog, I feed her both, the wet with some dry added. My cat I give him dry in the morning and afternoon and wet for evening usually..
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
24 Mar 10
Hello my friend, how 're things with you? My cat has a double dish and has dry all the time but only gets wet when she goes to eat. She usually finishes the wet food because I only give her small amounts. She gets the wet food fresh, not stuff that's been sitting around for hours.
@mtdewgurl74 (18120)
• United States
24 Mar 10
My cat usually gobbles it up..and if he doesn't the neighbors cat does so no food setting around for hours..minutes maybe but never longer then 1/2 hour. I give him handful of cat food at a time..or a cut of the wet. So..never usually any left which is good in the summer months..
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@ticuso (127)
• Mexico
23 Mar 10
When I had my cats I would give them like you, dry and wet but now I don't have any cats of my own but three stray cats come everyday and spend all day in my garden and I can't afford to feed them like I use to feed mine so I have started to feed them only dry food it's cheaper, course they don't like it, like wet food but it's the best I can do right now!! with my budget, this crisis even got to the poor cats!!
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
Hello ticuso. Yes, I know what you mean. If I'm honest, I really can't afford my own pets but while ever I breather I will take care of and love my animals. And if ever I find an animal that needs rescuing, I will do so. I hope things improve for you soon.
@ticuso (127)
• Mexico
24 Mar 10
Thank You MsTickle!!
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• United States
23 Mar 10
Our one dog is on a very expensive dry dog food. He has Irritable Bowl Syndrome, which I had never even heard of in dogs before our Vet diagnosed him. The Vet thinks it is from stress and trauma, since we rescued him after he had been seriously abused as a puppy. He needs the special dog food, because it gives him the least problems and is easiest for him to digest. One of our kitties that was rescued also had to be on a special diet, and that was dry cat food. Now, he can pretty much eat whatever (except fish or anything with fish oil) in small quantities, but he if he eats too much then he will be sick, so we try to keep him mostly on the special dry food. The rest of the animals eat whatever without a problem.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
Hi purple...I wonder if animals in the wild get the same ailments as domesticated animals? I'm glad you are also a rescuer of four legged friends...I'll bet your pets are glad too.
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• United States
24 Mar 10
You know, that is a very good question, and now I am also wondering whether or not animals in the wild get the same kinds of diseases that domesticated ones do. I doubt that we will ever know unless someone rescues a wild animal that maybe has a broken leg or something and then finds out that it also has Irritable Bowl Syndrome, which would obviously be unrelated to the broken leg and therefore would give us a definite answer. I suppose that it is possible and probably likely that they have some of the same illnesses. However, since in the wild it is "survival of the fittest", I expect that these are the animals that would be attacked and eaten first by other animals. I think that Irritable Bowl Syndrome is more related to severe stress and anxiety, though, and I am not sure that wild animals would feel the same level of stress and anxiety as abused animals. On the other hand, if I was always worried about being eaten by another animal, then I think I would be pretty stressed out, so I guess that it is definitely possible. That really is a very interesting question, and I think that I have succeeded in giving you a perfectly muddy answer to it.
• United States
23 Mar 10
My three dogs get a small homemade "liver brownie" and a dog biscuit for breakfast, their main meal at 5pm of dried food with home cooked chicken and the dry food moistened with the broth from the chicken. Before bedtime another small piece of the liver brownie and their very favorite - a piece of homemade chicken jerky. I have three very happy and healthy little dogs.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
Gosh...doggy Gourmets. Lucky doggies. I'll bet they are healthy and happy. Feeding time at your place must be a joyful time.
• United States
23 Mar 10
I got kind of paranoid when a while back all most of the dog food and treats were made in China and poisoning our pets.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
23 Mar 10
I have 3 cats. My Kat family has dry food ina automatic feeder all the time. They have automatic water too. I refill with fresh water everyother day. I also give them wet food. I give each one a spoonful 2 times a day. It doesnt sound like a spoonful is enough but thats about what they eat at 1 time. If i give Sissy too much she throws up.sometimes they doent eat it all right away. so i figure it must be enough.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
That's what I do too...not the automatic feeders but I give Banjo a spoonful of wet food at a time. Sometimes he comes to me to let me know he wants more...he sits practically on my keyboard so I can't see the monitor or type. Sometimes he eats it all, sometimes not. He rarely throws up...usually if he's eaten a lizard tail. I sometimes see a little lizard minus a tail in the garden on the patio. He always has dry food but he leaves the little scappy bits and I give them to the puppy. They are Banjo's table scraps.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
24 Mar 10
Ya, Miss Kitty Kat will try to walk into the frig meowing while im cooking to remind me of the second feeding of the wet food. Myn Kat family are spider hunters. They eat them somtimes too.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
23 Mar 10
We give our two kittens raw meat, no dry food. We were feeding our dog the same way but just this week we have switched to giving her Vegan food. We have friends whose dogs are thriving on this diet so we are trialling it. She does have her bones though still and sneaks some of the cats meat every now and then too! The kittens get plenty of exercise running around the house playing with each other, but our dog gets walked down by the river where she also has a swim. This used to be daily, but more recently has only been a couple of times a week.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
Hi RawBill1. My Lucy loves to swim but I haven't taken her lately because we have a puppy. If the puppy goes in the water and gets into difficulty, I would be unable to get her out...I'm not so sure-footed as I was. We have a huge back yard and I use a tennis racquet to play fetch with Luce...she chases the ball and the puppy chases her. What does the Vegan food consist of? Is it soy or tofu and veggies? I think of dogs being carnivores rather than herbivores in their natural state. How do they get all the protein they need?
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
23 Mar 10
Vegan food is anything that is plant based, no animal products at all. What we are giving our dog is a mix of lentils and vegetables. This is all the protein that they need. It is a complete myth that has been spread by the meat industries, that you need to eat meat to get enough protein. There are massive amounts of protein in greens and some fruits. I think that they are naturally carnivores too, just like we are naturally herbivores. We are trialling this as we do not eat meat at home and I hate the site of it. It stinks horribly too!
@pandaeyes (2068)
23 Mar 10
My cat gets fed twice a day with tinned food but if he has wolfed it extra fast he gets a small handful of dry food. When he was younger he only ever got dry food and he would only drink from puddles. About 2 years ago ,his coat started to get really flaky bits and he was not as shiny anymore and we found that by changing to tinned food and only a little bit of dry it was much improved. Ours is an outdoor cat and I think he was supplementing his dry food with mice and birds in his youth but now cant manage to catch much.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
I find that tinned food has always gone straight through my dogs and given them smelly stools. Someone earlier suggested some olive oil and eggs mixed with dry food. That's ok if you have chickens and a surplus of eggs.. Even an egg once a week may be beneficial for a good coat. My cat also eats mice but he will still tuck into both wet and dry food. We have a bit of a mice plague at the moment. I have none but he cleans up around the place quite well. On a good night(?), he will bring home 2 or 3 mice.
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@minx267 (12751)
• Hartford, Connecticut
23 Mar 10
I have 4 dogs and 14 cats all of which eat primarily dry food. I used to feed (to my first two dogs) canned with their dry -until it got too expensive. The dogs get canned as a treat periodically they sometimes get very small amounts of scraps and their usual treats. All are happy and healthy. They have their bowls filled 2 times a day.. basically if they are empty I will fill them -they don't tend to over eat. The same with my cats they have a self feeder which holds about 5 pounds of food and I have a large bowl that I will put some food in or I use it when I am giving them extras, like the "juice" I pour over their dry food from cans of tuna or turkey or chicken I open up. They don't get canned food as a rule but I give them one periodically and if anyone needs to take meds or is off their feed and has lost weight I will give them canned food more often for a while. Even with the food available 24/7 I have NO fat cats. I would NEVER Dream of making my dogs "Go Hungry" for days - heck I feel guilty If I put the last of their food in their bowl and I know I wont be able to get to the store until morning. I think Dry dog and cat food is made nutritionally complete.. some better than others for sure. I found that the animals stools tend to be better (harder and less smelly) when they don't get canned all the time. Also, My dogs are never tied. they have free roam of the house and they love to run and wrestle with each other in the yard when they go out. I think keeping a dog chained 24/7 is cruel and those people should not even have a dog. What's the purpose?
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
I must admit, healthy stools give me a good feeling...how gross.. Your crowd sound to be in excellent condition and happy. My two dogs and even Banjo have been enjoying turkey necks for the last few days. I slice some meat off for Banjo and Lucy and puppy Roxy have the neck divided between them, Luce gets the big bit. Lucy tends to gulp food down really quickly and it's been good to see her having a good chew on her bit of neck. I bought some generic brand dry cat food a few weeks ago when I was poor. Banjo wouldn't eat it. His good quality food ended up going further than I thought it would so he was right for dry food. I look after my friends dog when he goes off haymaking and she loved the el cheapo cat food. I feed her each night with my dogs but she gets the dry cat food at home in the mornings.
@minx267 (12751)
• Hartford, Connecticut
23 Mar 10
I try to satay away from the really cheap dry food like store brands. but then again I can't afford the expensive "good" stuff either.. I tend to go with Purina Cat chow or meow mix for the cats unless Walmart has something better on sale. :-) The dogs seem to really like Kibbles and bits.. I tried other stuff and still do now and again but they really like it and I can get 40 pounds for 20 bucks so It works for me. :-)
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• United States
23 Mar 10
My cats staple diet is dry food but she gets a mix of wet and dry about every other evening. She doesn't eat much and I don't have time to mix up several batches so it's a mix. Also, I have hermit crabs..odd pet I know but they get a mix of dehydrated food and fresh food several times a week. They need fresh foods as well because they are scavengers and get all sorts of things from the wild. So they get it a few times a week with their dry staple diet.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
Hermit crabs eh? Cool pets. I have 3 goats as well. They get a wheat biscuit each morning. Food is plentiful for them at the moment in the back yard but in winter I give them lots of hay.
• United States
30 Mar 10
My partners sister has a goat. Apparently, during the summer she's a nightmare, she eats everything haha.
• United States
23 Mar 10
my cats have dry food 24/7-it's always out for them,and it's supplimented with wet food..everyday for the younger,every other day for the older.they also often get a little plate of what we're eating,and the occasional egg for coat. i make a point of getting them to play at least for a little while every day. my foster cat is huge(she arrived that way),but i try to get her to join in play with the others.she's a bit of a challenge..old and cranky and set in her ways.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
Banjo goes out at night but I think sometimes he finds a good possie and sleeps. I know he hunts mice sometimes because he brings them home. When he's home he sleeps nearly all the time and only wakes up to eat, groom himself then back to sleep. I worry sometimes that he eats too much. He is very smoochy or annoying when there is no food in his bowl. He's definitely not fat but I wonder if he's still too heavy for his small frame sometimes. His brother is bigger and isn't fed nearly as much...my friend owns his brother.
• United States
27 Mar 10
my oldest,a tux cat,i would say probably sleeps a good 15 of 24. the doc says he's healthy as a horse(tho a wee heavy),but boy is he one lazy cat LOL his sister is just the reverse..she's always up running around.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Mar 10
As for not exercising them, if you can't take care of a pet, don't get a pet. As for food, well I don't really know whether a diet of dry food only is enough. My cats get dry food 7 days a week and wet food every couple of days. All three are healthy. The kids exercise the cats, btw, not just playing with them with toys, but also they chase each other around the house.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
22 Mar 10
Sounds great to me...I'm sure it's always a riot at your house. I take back what I said yesterday about a dog. You don't need one at all.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Mar 10
I wouldn't mind one really, but it's maybe just one thing too much right now...
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
7 Oct 10
We typically stick to giving both our cats and our dogs dry food most of the time because that is what our vet recommended for us to feed them. If they wanted them to have wet food then I tend to think that they would have recommended wet food as well. With our dogs, we take them on regular walks and we exercise the cats by playing with them with toys. I kind of wish that we could walk the cats as well, but they don't walk on leashes.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
26 Dec 10
If I go for a walk round the block during Banjo the cat's outdoor time he will follow. He stays in between Lucy who walks way ahead and has to be called back and me but he will sometimes stop and wait for me to pass him. He will then walk behind me for a few steps then he runs to catch up half way to Lucy again. He makes me giggle. His tail is always straight up and he is very alert but obviously enjoying the "family stroll". We are lucky as there is very little traffic here....mostly no traffic at all.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
23 Mar 10
My dogs only get dry food on a regular basis. The vet said that we can give them an egg once a week, and fish oil tablets daily. Their coats are all shiny and they are healthy. Their favorite "treats" are chunks of potato, so they get that occasionally. One of the dogs has pretty severe food allergies, so we have to be careful what he gets. The wet food always makes him sick, so we just do without it. The 3 of them play together regularly. I walk them every day and about once a week we take them to the dog park. They are pretty active and none of them are over weight.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 10
They sound just wonderful harmonee and I,m sure they love you heaps.