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Pet health questions

The Burns Pet Team are here to help you understand the issues associated with the health of your pet.

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Frequently asked questions about pet health.

Q. My dog vomits or has diarrhoea occasionally but is not ill.

A. The vomiting or diarrhoea is a way of discharging this waste/toxins from the body. More >

Q. It seems that every time I turn around, my dog (or cat) doesn't like what I buy her to eat or she gets sick on it. Other times, she won't touch it at all. I don't understand it, can you explain?

A. This question is all too familiar with owners of cats and for that matter dogs too. More >

Q. Why dogs and cats eat grass?

A. Cats and dogs are practicing herbalists. When they sense digestive problems they eat specific types of grass dependent on the problem. More >

Q. My dog is constantly hungry

A. Dog’s are scavengers by nature and some will seek food at every opportunity. More >

Q. What quantity of food should I feed my pet?

The quantity of food to feed is very much determined by the individual dog rather than with regard to ‘recommended amounts’. More >

Q. Does my pet need to be fed other foods?

A healthy pet will benefit from fresh, lightly cooked vegetables – carrots, broccoli, etc. More >


Buy helthy dog food onlineQ. My dog vomits or has diarrhoea occasionally but is not ill.

A. The vomiting or diarrhoea is a way of discharging this waste/toxins from the body.

The key to this problem is addressing the cause which is usually diet.

Excess, protein, fat, salt and sugar. Poor quality ingredients like corn meal or Soya as a protein source.

Chemicals also have a role to play – they should be avoided at all times.

Often the dog (or cat) habitually vomits in the mornings.

Feeding smaller more frequent meals may help the problem.

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Q. It seems that every time I turn around, my dog (or cat) doesn't like what I buy her to eat or she gets sick on it. Other times, she won't touch it at all. I don't understand it, can you explain?

A. This question is all too familiar with owners of cats and for that matter dogs too – and the answer is really quite straight forward – The cat or dog is simply not hungry!

Time and again owners try to feed their pets with food which is not required. In frustration they go and buy something else – probably more tasty which the pet will eat for a few days them stop. The owner is back to square one worrying that the pet is not eating.

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Q. Why dogs and cats eat grass?

A. Cats and dogs are practicing herbalists. When they sense digestive problems they eat specific types of grass dependent on the problem.

One type makes them vomit and the other, defecate. The vomit or defecation is usually accompanied with deposits of mucus.

This indicates that your pet is using natural means to rid itself of toxic or waste material in the body.

Feeding a high quality diet in the correct proportions will help to minimize this problem.

It should be remembered that even with Burns products overfeeding will result in too much protein, fat etc. being taken in and resulting in waste accumulation.

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Q. My dog is constantly hungry

A. Dog’s are scavengers by nature and some will seek food at every opportunity.

Owners in turn think that they are underfeeding and give in to the dog’s desire. The dog in turn learns how to promote the owners response and continues with such behaviour knowing that persistence will get a result.

There is no correct way to deal with this issue other than making sure that the dog is fed at regular intervals and opportunities to ‘steal’ food are very limited. In turn the dog will learn that food will only be provided at a given time of day.

Always remember not to feed the dog before you eat yourself. Dogs are pack animals and behaviour problems can arise if a dog begins to think they are at the top of the pecking order in terms of food.

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Q. What quantity of food should I feed my pet?

The quantity of food to feed is very much determined by the individual dog rather than with regard to ‘recommended amounts’.

Factors that need to be taken into consideration are level of exercise, climate, age and sexual competence.

As a general guide, the family pet will need much less food than say a working collie.

Dogs will eat less in the summer than winter or those kept in the home rather than a kennel.

Young dogs will certainly eat more than older dogs.

There is a common misconception that females which have been spayed or neutered males get fat simply because of that. In reality, removal of hormone activity results in decreased energy requirement so less food is required.

The recommended quantities are a starting point only and adjustments should be made according to specific factors.

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Q. Does my pet need to be fed other foods?

A healthy pet will benefit from fresh, lightly cooked vegetables – carrots, broccoli, etc.

This approach should not be used to encourage your pet to eat. If your pet is not eating properly but otherwise healthy read the question about the fussy eater.


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