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August Ask the Vet

Dr. Moser

Dr. Moser

This month, Dr. Moser answers your questions about a cat with food allergies and the benefits of feeding grain-free dog food.

Q: I have a 5 year old cat with food allergies.  She can’t tolerate a food with many grains and is allergic to chicken. Does Wellness have a type of food that she would be able to eat?

A: Based on your diagnosis of food intolerance and allergy, you want to impose the following dietary restrictions for the cat: elimination of the dietary protein source chicken, and avoidance of grains, which contribute dietary carbohydrates.

I suggest you consider the following as the Wellness diets of choice to satisfy the requirements of your desired feeding program:

A.) Wellness CORE Salmon, Whitefish & Herring Recipe.  It is available In 5.5 ounce cans and is 192 kcal per can (78% moisture maximum).  It has a nutritional guarantee for all life stages.

B.) Wellness Cubed Salmon Dinner.  Available in 3 ounce cans at 81 kcal per can (82% moisture max).  It has a nutritional guarantee for adult maintenance.

C.) Wellness Minced Tuna Dinner.  Available in 3 ounce cans containing 73 kcal per can (82% moisture max).  It has a nutritional guarantee for adult maintenance.

To determine feeding rates, estimate the caloric need for your adult maintenance cat at about 22 to 25 kcal per pound of body weight.  Feed measured amounts of food two or three times daily.  Feed less if your cat is overweight, and more if your cat is underweight.

Use a scale to measure body weight frequently.

Q: We have been feeding our 2 year old Maltese a grain- free formula since birth (as recommended by the breeder). Why should I feed a grain- free food for dogs?

A: Grain free feeding such as Wellness CORE means the diet has a meat protein focus.  Wellness CORE grain free dry dog food is based on the philosophy of providing nutrient rich high quality meat/fish ingredients, while eliminating traditional grain ingredients (such as corn, wheat, oats, and barley).

Advocates suggest that a grain free diet more closely mimics our pet’s ancestral diet—higher in animal protein and fat while limited in carbohydrates from grains. This type of diet is more efficiently digested and less antigenically reactive for our pets.

Supporters of feeding grain free diet to dogs also suggest that positive results are visible: improved skin and coat condition, low stool volume and a more energetic dog.  In addition, supporters suggest encountering fewer problems with food allergies and food intolerances when feeding a grain free dog food.

Grain free dog foods tend to be energy dense, containing more calories per cup (dry food) or per can than foods that contain grain.  To avoid overfeeding,  it is prudent to follow the recommended feeding guidelines initially; then based on weighing the pet weekly, adjust the food offered in two or three daily meals.  I recommend that when feeding a grain free diet, dogs are not fed free choice.

5 Responses to “August Ask the Vet”

  1. Laura Mitobe says:

    My cat had an urinary tract obstruction. Prior to that he was on Wellness for indoor cats and Wellness Core canned food. He is now eating a prescription dry diet, which he likes. But, he will not touch the canned. He would rather starve himself. He never was big on canned anyway although I gave it to him everyday and he would eat some of the Wellness canned. A few weeks before getting sick he achieved his Supreme Grand Champion, he was in great shape. Now, his coat is thin and dry and he has lost weight. It is getting better and his energy is back, but I am still concerned. Any suggestions? (sorry for the other email, I pushed submit too soon.)

  2. Vicky Stewart says:

    I feed only Wellness Core Dry to my dogs which range from tiny toy to large breeds due to a Golden we almost lost in his first four years of life due to severe allergies and thyroid disease.
    Here in Atlantic Canada we cannot purchase Wellness Core Dry or cans for that matter.Please have someone contact the company and have it supplied in the store.There is the demand for it.So many other brands claim to be best for allergy suffering animals but they are not having traces of grains like oats,barley,rice,oatmeal,vegetables,etc.We have tried it all.Core is truly for allery suffering animals.PetSmart does carry Wellness cans in duck,turkey,chicken,etc so to contact your supplier to include Core should not be a problem should it.Thank you so much and I hope very soon I can go into PetSmart here in Fredericton,New Brunswick Canada and purchase our Wellness Core 26 lb bags.We buy a bag every two weeks plus cans.

    Vicky Stewart
    159 Prices Drive
    Charters Settlement Canada E3C 1S8 p.s.Really need coupons on a regular basis as I am constantly buying Wellness Core in Canada and the US.Cost varies by $30 in a 26lb bag from $53 tx incl US to $84 tx incl in Canada!We buy in the US every chance we get!

  3. Zabrina Guild says:

    I have a 5 yr old Golden Retriever that eats Wellness Core, Reduced Weight. I am being told by my vet that he is already considered a senior, he does have white hair covering 50% of his face and has problems with arthritis with shoulder and hips. When should I switched him to Senior food? or Do i need to switch him to Senior food? and if so Is there such a thing as of Senior Wellness Core dog food?

  4. Candy says:

    Our German shepherd puppy is currently on wellness large breed puppy mix. I’m wondering when I switch her to adult food later would it be ok to use wellness core or would I have to stick to a large breed formula?

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