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August 2012 Ask the Vet

This month, Dr. Moser answers your questions about a cat with a bacterial infection, and helping your dog slim down to a heathy weight.

Q: My 3 year old cat has a bacterial urinary tract infection. Which Wellness natural products do you recommend for her?

A: Since they have a higher percent moisture, I would recommend trying Wellness® Cubed, Sliced and Minced canned cat food recipes. This will maximize the water intake for your cat, therefore increasing the urine volume excreted.

To make a diagnosis of a 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: 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 pet’s 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.

And remember, combine your pet’s diet change with a regular exercise program to keep your pet healthy, happy and at his healthiest weight. Diets like Wellness® Super5Mix® Healthy Weight for dogs provides whole-body nutritional support for healthy weight loss and weight maintenance.

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