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Check out this week’s pet showcase and learn what recipes these adorable pets love!

Panda loves Wellness Super5Mix Chicken Recipe

Panda loves Wellness® Super5Mix® Chicken Recipe

Max's food of choice is Wellness CORE Turkey & Chicken Liver Recipe

Max's food of choice is Wellness CORE® Turkey & Chicken Liver Recipe

Marissa chooses Wellness CORE Original Recipe

Marissa chooses Wellness CORE Original Recipe

Zoe enjoys Wellness Chicken and Sweet Potato Canned Recipe

Zoe enjoys Wellness Chicken and Sweet Potato Canned Recipe

Dillinger Loves Wellness Super5Mix Just for Puppy Recipe

Dillinger Loves Wellness Super5Mix Just for Puppy Recipe

Ask the Vet – April Edition

Dr. Moser

Dr. Moser

This month, Dr. Moser answers your questions about exclusively feeding canned cat food, helping an underweight dachshund gain weight, and feline urinary tract infections.

Q: My 1 year old spayed cat has been struggling with a bacterial urinary tract infection. Which Wellness food products do you recommend for her?

A: Since they have a higher percent moisture; I would recommend trying Wellness® Healthy Indulgence® pouches. This will maximize the water intake for your cat, therefore increasing the urine volume excreted.

To make a diagnosis of bacterial urinary tract infection, bacteria need to be observed in or cultured from the urine. The proper antibiotic is chosen for use based on antibiotic sensitivity testing. Detection of bacteria in the urine samples of young cats (under age 7) with adequately concentrated urine only occurs in a very small percentage of patients. Ask your vet to help you arrive at an accurate diagnosis of the urinary problem and to develop a treatment plan.

Q: I have two miniature dachshunds, one male and one female. The female is a good size, she looks healthy, but the male doesn’t have much weight on him. I was wondering how I could get him to gain some weight (his ribs are showing currently).

A: Even only one of your dogs is underweight and both animals seem healthy to you— I would recommend that they both be checked for intestinal parasites by fecal egg examination at your vet’s office.

Both dogs should currently be eating complete and balanced diets. The underweight male can be offered additional calories. This can be done by adding Wellness Just for Puppy® canned recipe to his diet. Each 6 ounce can contains about 250 kcal of energy.

A 15 pound adult dog should be eating about 450 kcal per day to maintain weight. So add about 1 to 1.5 ounces of canned Just for Puppy canned food per day to increase calorie intake 10 to 15% per day. Monitor for weight desired gain.

Q: I would like to convert my 2 cats to an all canned food diet. Would it be okay for my cats to only eat wet food and what is the best way to go about doing it?

A: It is fine to feed exclusively complete and balanced feline canned food to a cat. Wellness® Complete Health Canned Recipes for Cats are available in10 delicious varieties to suit the differing taste buds of our feline friends. Some kibble fed cats will easily start to eat canned food, others may be resistant. Most cats can be switched to a moist food if the change is made gradually; some cats may take up to a month. Moist food is often offered as an additional option in a second dish next to the dry food. As the cat will consume the moist food, the dry food is reduced to induce hunger. Do this by dividing the daily amount of food into several small meals (at least four) offered for a limited time only— not in a free choice feeding setting. Patience is the key.

Weekly True Wellness™ Photo Gallery

Every week, we are more and more amazed by the Wellness testimonials and photos that our true believers send in. This week is no exception. Here are some of the beautiful pets submitted in the past couple of days who are portraits of True Wellness™. Aren’t they gorgeous? We sure think so.

Moe likes Wellness CORE Original Recipe

Moe likes Wellness® CORE® Original Recipe

Woody picks Wellness Simple Food Solutions Rice & Duck Recipe

Woody picks Wellness® Simple Food Solutions® Rice & Duck Recipe

Cooper loves Wellness Simple Food Solutions

Cooper loves Wellness® Simple Food Solutions®

Jack choses Wellness Super5Mix Lamb, Barley & Salmon Meal Recipe and Wellbars Yogurt, Apples & Bananas

Jack chooses Wellness® Super5Mix® Lamb, Barley & Salmon Meal Recipe and WellBars® Yogurt, Apples & Bananas

Lola Rose enjoys Wellness Super5Mix Large Breed Adult Health Recipe

Lola Rose enjoys Wellness® Super5Mix® Large Breed Adult Health Recipe

Splash and Freckles  both love Wellness CORE Original Recipe

Splash and Freckles both love Wellness® CORE® Original Recipe

Ask the Vet – Sensitive Skin and Reaching a Healthy Weight

Dr. Moser

Dr. Moser

Dr. Edward Moser, a board certified veterinary nutritionist, answers your questions on pet food nutrition.

Q: I have a golden retriever with “sensitive skin”. She scratches daily and I wanted to know if there might be something lacking in her diet? Is there anything I can supplement to help alleviate the itching?

A: To help control the itching your golden retriever is experiencing, it is important to first determine what is causing the abnormal itching. Your veterinarian will help you identify what is causing this. Some possible reasons can include a diet intolerance, skin infections, bacterial conditions or dermatitis. For many dogs, excessive itching is caused by a combination of these conditions on varying levels. To help diagnose the presence of food intolerance, your veterinarian may want you to feed a novel protein exclusion type diet for 6 to 8 weeks. Wellness® Simple Food Solutions Duck and Rice is an excellent choice. Additionally, a grain free diet can be helpful, such as Wellness® CORE Ocean Formula for use as an exclusion diet.

Q: My dog needs to lose weight. Can you suggest a daily regimen to help him get on track to a healthier weight?

A: Helping your dog slim down should begin with a sound dietary program and daily exercise to gradually reduce the body weight of your dog. As with humans, it’s best to lose weight at a slow and steady pace until your pets target weight is reached.

Choosing a diet with high quality protein can be helpful in maintaining lean body mass and helping your dog feel satisfied with fewer calories. A protein focused diet also aids in reducing the loss of lean body mass and facilitating loss of body fat. Read the rest of this entry »

Weight Management for Dogs and Cats

Healthy Weight

Healthy Weight

Some say that almost 50% of the dogs and cats in North America are overweight. It seems that our beloved pets are suffering from some of the same influences we humans are plagued with. They love to eat and will do so at every opportunity. That is sometimes complicated further by our insatiable love of our pets and the strong desire to provide for all their needs. At times we overdo our desire to provide for them and succumb to their insistence that we feed them; even if they just finished a meal a few hours earlier.

The result is an overweight animal or even an obese animal. Excess weight in our pets encourages many of the problems humans have when they are overweight for any length of time. Heart and kidney issues, diabetes, digestive issues, a stressed immune system, arthritis and other potential concerns can ultimately affect the quality of life and even the life span of the pets.

Healthy Weight

Healthy Weight

Regular exercise and the proper diet are the keys to controlling the weight of our pets and reducing the chances of having to deal with some of the issues mentioned above. It is important for pet parents to take the time to provide their dogs with outdoor time. In addition to exercise, activities should be stimulating and encourage a stronger bond between pet and pet parent. Cats need exercise as well. Most cats live inside and do not have opportunities to explore the outdoors. Toys can be exciting activity stimulants for indoor cats. Play time with the pet parent is also a good time to encourage activity. Making subtle changes in the environment can sometimes peak their curiosity and make them more active. Placing a box on the floor or moving water bowls to new locations are always fun for our feline friends.

Feeding a complete and balanced diet is essential for all animals. Controlling the amount of food fed is critical in maintaining a proper weight. Regular twice a day feeding is preferred over feeding free choice especially if a weight problem already exists. We must all keep in mind that we have 100% control over what our pets eat. Our goal should be to feed only enough to maintain an ideal lean body mass. If your pet appears to be gaining weight, cut back. If your pet seems to be too thin, increase the amount you are feeding. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask the Vet – Allergies to Grain and Skin Problems

Dr. Moser

Dr. Moser

Each issue, Dr. Edward Moser, a board certified veterinary nutritionist, answers your questions on pet food nutrition.

Q: My dog has what appears to be a severe allergy; I have heard that it could stem from grain ingredients in his food. I have tried a small amount of grain-free food and he has responded well. I am soon going to deplete the food I have and am wondering if Wellness has grain-free dry foods.

A: Wellness offers several dry grain-free canine diets. They are CORE Original Formula, CORE Reduced Fat Formula and CORE Ocean Formula.

The sources of protein for CORE Original formula are turkey and chicken; for Reduced Fat Formula are turkey, chicken, and whitefish: and for Ocean Formula are whitefish, salmon, and menhaden fish.

The Original Formula and the Ocean Formula are both about 34% protein and 14% fat (as fed) – so about 430 kcal ME per cup. The Reduced Fat Formula is about 34% proteins and 9% fat (as fed) — about 350 kcal ME per cup.

CORE canine grain-free diets are also available in moist form. (12.5 ounce cans)

With any severe skin condition, in addition to undertaking a dietary trial, your vet should be consulted to rule out atopy (environmental allergies) fleas, ringworm, demodex, scabies, secondary yeast and bacterial overgrowth or other underlying medical conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

Dangerous Outdoor Concerns for Pets

Romping outdoors with your pet gives you both fresh air, exercise and some quality bonding time. However, there are some outdoor dangers that you need to be aware of to keep your pet safe.

  • Many outdoor plants can be hazardous to your pet. Steer clear of many bulbs, ferns, flowering plants, lilies and shrubs. If ingested, these plants can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, or organ failure in animals.
  • Be careful about compost piles. The bacteria that forms in compost piles can be lethal. Compost piles should be enclosed.
  • Some varieties of the common mushroom that you find growing in your yard, can be very dangerous for pets. If your pet begins to show symptoms of poisoning, or if you know they have ingested a mushroom or other poisonous plant you should contact your veterinarian immediately.
  • Another outdoor hazard for pets is ticks. Ticks carry and transmit diseases, including Lyme Disease. You should conduct tick checks of your pet after they have been outside. Try to avoid high risk locations such as heavily wooded areas and low-growing grasslands. If you do find a tick on your pet remove it as soon as possible using tweezers. Grasp the tick by the head where they enter the skin and pull firmly and steadily outward. Keep an eye on the site of the bite for the next several days to make sure a rash does not develop, a sign of Lyme Disease.
  • Snakes are also an underlying threat to pets. Most snake bites to pets come from non-venomous snakes, but should still be avoided if possible. To prevent snake bites always keep your pet close-by, and leashed.
  • You should stay on designated trails and do not go hiking at night. Also try to keep your pet from sniffing and exploring holes, crevices, and rocks. If your pet is bit by a snake, bring them to a veterinarian immediately.

Ask the Vet – Nutrition for an Underweight Dog and Adding Wet Food to Your Pet’s Diet

Dr. Moser

Dr. Moser

Each issue, Dr. Edward Moser, a board certified veterinary nutritionist, answers your questions on pet food nutrition.

Q: What is an appropriate Wellness diet for the maintenance of an appropriate body weight for an underweight dog or cat with no underlying medical problems? What formulas would help to achieve and maintain an optimal body weight?

A: 1. First establish the database on what is currently being fed to each animal in calories; weigh on a scale and body score your cat or dog.

Example: An 11 pound cat (5 kg) requires about 335 kcal ME per day.
Example: A 100 pound (45.5 kg) dog requires about 1950 kcal ME per day.

2. Determine if you are feeding this much currently: based on the calorie content of the food and amount of the current daily allotment.

3. If you are feeding this much energy and require more calories, add to the diet a source of high quality protein and fat – we suggest that the animals be fed more like puppies than adults or senior animals. Do this in multiple small meals rather than one large meal. Read the rest of this entry »

Nutrition and Heart Health

Dogs and cats, like humans, can begin to suffer from various problems as they age. Aging is a process that happens to all species. The trick is to slow the process as much as possible in order to have the best chance for a long, happy and healthy life for our beloved pets.

Starting early and encouraging good eating habits with our pets is as important as pet parents developing good feeding habits. One must keep in mind that we have 100% control over what our pets eat as well as how much they eat. Maintaining a lean body condition by providing regular exercise and a balanced and nutritious diet are the keys to developing good eating habits as well as good feeding habits.

The heart is one of those organs that benefits greatly from maintaining a lean body condition. In overweight animals, for all of the excess weight and fat we see just under the surface of the body, there is an equal amount around the organs within the body, especially the heart. Excess fat around the heart creates resistance and makes the heart have to work harder for each beat. Over time, this can have harmful effects on the heart’s ability to pump blood. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask the Vet – Ear Infections and Kitten Nutrition

Dr. Moser

Dr. Moser

Each issue, Dr. Edward Moser, a board certified veterinary nutritionist, answers your questions on pet food nutrition.

Q: Can chicken diets cause canine ear infections?

A: Allergic hypersensitivities and adverse food reactions are the most common causes of persistent, bilateral (both ears) ear inflammation and discomfort in dogs; also known as canine otitis externa.

Adverse reactions to food should always be suspected in dogs with non seasonal ear infections – even if accompanied by secondary bacterial or yeast infection. These ear reactions are occasionally accompanied by mild GI upsets. In one study, about 80% of dogs with adverse food reactions showed evidence of otitis externa, with one fourth of the patients exhibiting otitis externa as the only clinical sign.

Work with your veterinarian in planning an ear management program for your dog. This includes administration of topical and systemic medications to treat acute disease and an at home ear cleaning schedule. Read the rest of this entry »