Can dogs eat cat food?

Can dogs eat cat food?

If your Morkie is like most dogs, he LOVES cat food. But why? Novelty is one appeal of the cat’s dinner. Plus it smells different and has a much stronger, meatier taste. That’s because cat food has a much higher level of protein than dog food. It won’t hurt your dog to have the occasional bowl of cat food, but cats and dogs should stick to their own specialized meals.

Cat food versus dog food

What’s the difference?

Cats are obligate carnivores

That means they MUST have a lot of protein, in the form of meat.

Can cats eat dog food?

Cat food has high protein levels that they need

  • cats need a lot of meat protein; more than a dog and don’t tolerate the starchy ingredients in most dog food (wheat, ground corn, etc.)
  • their teeth aren’t suited to grinding, like a dog’s or a human’s
  • cat food contains vitamin A and taurine, two nutrients cats need to live healthy, happy lives
  • taurine is an amino acid which is necessary for cats for proper bile formation, eye health, and functioning of the heart muscle
  • dog food is also missing arachidonic acid  – this is one of the essential fatty acids cats need. Dogs need it too, but to put it simplistically, dogs can manufacture arachidonic acid.
  • cats also need higher levels of niacin, a B vitamin, in their food

Dogs are omnivores

That means they can get nutrition from more than just meat.

Can dogs eat cat food?

Dogs thrive on more variety in their food

  • dogs need a diet with more fiber than a strictly carnivorous diet (cat food) can provide
  • the level of protein in dog food is tempered with starch fillers, such as grains, ground corn, or produce like peas
  • over time, too high a concentration of protein, like what’s found in cat food, can cause serious health problems for dogs because all that protein puts a heavy load on internal organs like the kidneys, liver and pancreas
  • protein-dense cat food can cause stomach upset in your Morkie, although most dogs seem to get away with the occasional “treat” of stolen cat food without huge consequences
  • more on Small Dog Breed Food

Can dogs eat cat food? Can CATS each DOG food?

can dogs eat cat food or is it bad?

The downside of dog food for cats

Cats who exist on dog food will be seriously shortchanged when it comes to nutrition. Over time, their health will deteriorate quite drastically.   While dogs who eat too much cat food might get an upset stomach — and in extreme cases they could develop pancreatitis — it’s much more serious for cats to subsist on dog food.

The downside of cat food for dogs

Obviously cat food isn’t made for dogs. It doesn’t have the wider variety of ingredients, and more importantly it is too protein-dense. That can cause an upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting. But all those symptoms will disappear fairly quickly. The more serious problem with cat food for dogs is, it could cause pancreatitis which is life-threatening. Symptoms of pancreatitis include:

Weakness; Lethargy; Appetite loss; Vomiting; Distended abdomen; Diarrhea; Fever




People meds for dogs with diarrhea

People meds for dogs with diarrhea

If your Morkie has mild diarrhea lasting a day or two, or has an upset stomach, you CAN give him Pepto-Bismol as a good dog diarrhea treatment. The American Kennel Club (AKC) says Pepto-Bismol for dog diarrhea is safe, and it’s just one of our own products that is a safe diarrhea medication for dogs.

Indigestion, gas, occasional constipation, diarrhea… or as that song-you-can’t-get-out-of-your-brain says –

 

Simple dog diarrhea treatment*

Pepto-Bismol, Imodium AD and Kaopectate are 3 of our medications that work well as dog diarrhea treatment. Given carefully, they can provide relief to your Morkie who is suffering from temporary diarrhea or upset stomach .

These 3 over-the-counter medications can be given to your Morkie to treat diarrhea or upset stomach:

medicine syringe for dogs

Special needle-less syringe to measure and give  medicine to babies and dogs; you can buy these at any drugstore.

1. Pepto-Bismol for dogs

  • this popular drug is bismuth subsalicylate and most Vets consider it safe (although don’t substitute no-name brands; they’re not all the same)
  • Dosage:  1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds, offered to the dog every 6-to-8 hours — so most morkies would get about 1/2 teaspoon
  • use an empty (no needle) plastic syringe to give to your dog – open his mouth, place the syringe toward the back of the tongue and push the plunger, then hold his muzzle for a second to make sure he swallows it
  • Not for: dogs with bleeding disorders; dogs who are pregnant or nursing; dogs taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as Rimadyl and Deramaxx
  • Danger: toxic for cats

 

2. Imodium AD (liquid or tablet) usage for dogs

  • Imodium AD works by reducing the intestinal muscular spasms and secretions that cause diarrhea in dogs.
  • Remember it quiets the symptoms but does nothing to help the cause of diarrhea
  • Dosage: you can use caplets for big dogs, but smaller breeds need the liquid form (I use an eyedropper to give the medicine, slipping it between the dog’s gums and mouth).  0.1 ml per pound of your dog’s weight, every 8 hours. Do not overdose.
  • Too much: will cause constipation and bloating
  • Not for: pregnant or nursing dogs; dogs head injuries; dogs who are also vomiting

3. Kaopectate usage for dogs

  • Uses: For diarrhea
  • Dosage: 1ml per pound, every 2 hours
  • Too much: will cause constipation and bloating
  • Not for: pregnant or nursing dogs; dogs head injuries; dogs who are also vomiting

 

* My Big Disclaimer:

This site provides general information and should not be considered medical advice. You should always check with your Veterinarian prior to choosing a treatment option for your pet.

QUICK TIP: HAVE THE MEDICINE ON HAND, LABELLED AND READY TO GO

 

TIP FOR PEPTO BISMOL FOR DOGS

I keep a small bottle of Pepto Bismol on hand in my dogs’ first aid kit, with the dosage already printed  on a label. (Check expiry dates for these and all meds from time to time.)

Pepto Bismol is a handy and safe diarrhea medication for dogs

If your Morkie’s diarrhea last more than a day or two, or if he seems in pain or also vomiting, contact your Veterinarian right away.

The AKC has a free booklet you can download called Emergency First Aid for Dogs. Good info to know.

PEPTOBISMOL is a trademark of The Procter & Gamble Company.

Imodium A-D is a registered trademark of Janssen/McNeil Consumer Products.

KAOPECTATE is a trademark and brand of Chattem, Inc.

It’s that time again – dogs in hot cars

It’s that time again – dogs in hot cars

Dogs can’t sweat much, so dog overheating in the summer can be a serious problem – even life threatening. And dogs in hot cars? How many more times do we have to read, “dog dies in hot car” ? It’s crazy.

Even a short time in a hot car can be deadly. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C (102.2°F) If the dog’s temperature gets up to 41°C (105.8°F), irreversible brain damage and death can occur quickly. Just a 2 degree difference between life and death.

Top 7 stupidest excuses to leave a dog in the car on a hot day

  1. The sun’s not even out
  2. I left the window open
  3. I only ran in for a  minute
  4. I left the car running
  5. I’ll keep my eye on him
  6. It’s not too hot for me
  7. I parked in the shade

 

 

First Aid

If you suspect your Morkie might have heat stroke, (excessive panting and drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness) get IMMEDIATE veterinary attention.

In the meantime, wet him down immediately with lukewarm to cool water, not cold water. Bring your dog into the shade and offer drinking water.

Laws are changing around dogs in hot cars

Eleven states have “Good Samaritan” hot car laws, allowing for private citizens to break into a car to save a pet. Most of the laws require that the person must first try to find the vehicle’s owner and contact law enforcement before attempting to break in. In nearly all the Good Samaritan states, the rescuer isn’t responsible for damages, however, in Indiana, the person is liable for one-half the cost of repairs.

Good Samaritan laws apply here:

Arizona
California
Colorado
Florida
Indiana
Massachusetts
Ohio
Oregon
Tennessee
Vermont
Wisconsin

Hot asphalt is a thing too

 When the air is 77 degrees, the asphalt can quickly heat up to 125!

At 87 degrees air temperature, the pavement can go up to 143 degrees!

 


And from Dogtime, some helpful information:

If you have been walking on hot pavement with your dog, look for these signs that their paws are burned or injured.

Limping or attempting to stop walking.

Licking or chewing at paw pads.

Darkening of skin on or around paw pads.

Blisters, peeling, or redness.

Any kind of damage to the bottom of the paws.

 

More on Hot asphalt awareness




Let's make this the last year of dogs left in hot cars

 

See it? Report it!

Call 9-1-1 to report a dog locked in a car on a hot day.  Are you allowed to break the windows if the dog’s in visible distress? Legally, no, in some places even the police can’t. Would that stop most of us? No.

Pledge you'll never do it

There’s never a reason to leave your dog in a hot car. “Just running in to the store” or “I’ll leave my a/c on” …  Just not worth the chance. Don’t leave dogs in hot cars. Simple, right?

Spread the word

Remind friends nad family that leaving your dog in the car’s not cool.

Why does my Morkie dog eat goose poop?

Why does my Morkie dog eat goose poop?

You’re enjoying a nice walk along the lakeside and your Morkie stops to eat goose poop. Why do dogs eat goose poop? And, how do you stop a dog who eats goose poop?

Canada Geese on grass

There’s a scientific name for eating poop—coprophagia (kop-ruh-fey-jee-uh) and it’s not unusual. Some dogs eat their own poop as often as they can. Other dogs enjoy a more exotic poop, such as Canada Goose sh*t.

Although eating goose poop isn’t a hugely dangerous habit, it’s a nasty one that we people aren’t too fond of. Goose poop  (all poop) can carry Salmonella and E.Coli but luckily, the digestive tracts of most healthy dogs are good at destroying these bacteria.

Health risks for your dog of eating goose poop include:

  • chance of picking up giardia
  • can be at risk for salmonella
  • could pick up Campylobacter bacteria

These risks can mean diarrhea in dogs.

 

Yes you could catch it too

Human Campylobacter infection happens for people if we:

  • consume raw milk, undercooked chicken or any food that’s been contaminated during preparation
  • you can also catch it directly from your dog
  • dogs mostly get it from infected feces

About Canada Geese

Canada gooseEnvironment Canada lists the geese as being “a significant safety threat” to aviation, and a problem in local parks, pastures, golf courses and any other grassy area.

Nesting Canada geese are aggressive and will attack children and dogs. (Tip: don’t look the goose in the eye; drop your gaze and walk away slowly).

Goose droppings are expensive to clean up from parks and grasslands. According to Canada’s Federal government, at least goose poop has NOT been linked yet any health concerns for humans.

In 2009, a US Airways A320 Airbus flew into a flock of Canada Geese shortly before losing both engines and splashing down onto New York’s Hudson River. Fortunately, all 155 passengers and crew survived.

Miracle on the Hudson

How to stop your Morkie from eating goose poop

The best thing to do, if you have a dog who tries to eat poop, is to teach him/her the ‘leave it’ command. You yelling at him to stop, if he doesn’t know these commands, just makes him eat the “treat” all the faster.

Teaching ‘leave it’ isn’t hard, but there are a number of steps, so I’m suggesting you check out either of these two sites where you can see how it’s done:

Banner photo credit: ottawak9school,

Tiffany Haddish and her Celeb Morkie

Tiffany Haddish and her Celeb Morkie

Meet the newest celeb Morkie fan – Tiffany Haddish and her Morkie, Sleeper.

The actor/comedian had become friends with “an older lady” who owned the Morkie. The lady suggested that Tiffany take the puppy home and bring her back for visits. Sadly the lady died shortly after, so Tiffany is the newest devoted member of Morkie Nation!




Who doesn't love a Morkie!

Tiffany Haddish on her late-night podcast comedy Two and a Half Women… Featuring Tiffany Haddish, Tamara Johnson, celebrity stylist Dwen “The Diva” Curry & comedian Donnell Rawlings.

The “half” is Sleeper, Tiffany’s Morkie.

See Tiffany Haddish on People TV with her Morkie Sleeper

Famous Morkie Owners

Ashley Tisdale

Blake Lively

Drake

Jann Arden

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

And some more….

Kevin Jonas

Marnie Stern

Susan Sarandon

Perez Hilton

Steve Tyler

See their photos here

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