DON’T FEED CAT FOOD TO YOUR DOG!!

Millie the Bichon in Norton CrossToday, I met an incredibly cute little bichon called Millie.  Her Mum told me a story about Millie.  She said that only a few months ago poor Millie hadn’t been very well.  She had had repeated ear and skin infections and was a regular visitor to the vets.  Many pills and potions later, Millie was still no better.  It wasn’t until Millie’s Mum’s did some reading on possible causes that she found that cat food is actually toxic to dogs and can lead to all sorts of health problems, such as skin problems. In Millie’s case, she had developed a taste for cat food and would steal it from her co-habiting feline friends.  Fortunately for Millie, her Mum discovered that the cat food was making her ill and was able to do something about it.

Millie being groomedJust to make owners aware, dogs don’t need the same high levels of protein as cats do in their diet.  Cat food also has a much higher calorie count than dog food and can make your dog overweight, have tummy upsets and diarrhoea, sickness and vomiting and in some cases pancreatitis, which can be life-threatening if not treated by a vet.  Just letting your dog have even just a little amount of cat food can damage your dog’s health and be very expensive to treat.  In some cases, dogs suffering from pancreatitis may require a specialist vet diet for the rest of their life.

So remember…dog food is for dogs only as it is designed for your dog’s dietary needs.  Dogs are omnivores, so they need to eat meat, vegetables and carbohydrates.  Likewise, never give dog food to your cat, as this too can put your cat’s health at risk.  Cats are carnivores and must eat a meat diet.

Millie 2All I have to say is a big thank you to Millie’s Mum for telling me Millie’s story.  And hopefully it may help other dogs, cats and their owners.

Warm Wishes,

Mary