Pet Questions: Why does my dog’s weight-loss food have more calories?


TAYLOR: WELCOME BACK. JOINING US TO ANSWER PET
QUESTIONS, DR. KIM HAMMOND. GOOD MORNING. WE HAVE TWO GREAT GUESTS WITH
US.>>A PAIR OF LAB, TIPPY AND
BLUE. THEY’RE CALM. TAYLOR: BLUE IS ONLY A YEAR AND
A HALF.>>THEY’RE SOCK EATERS. YOU KNOW, THEIR MOM AND DAD WERE
TELLING ME THAT THEY ACTUALLY
WILL MAKE AN EFFORT TO FIND THE
SOCKS AND EAT THE SOCKS. YEAH, THAT’S NOT A GOOD THING. NOT A GOOD THING. TAYLOR: NO, NOT A GOOD THING. MY DOG GETS ALL THE SHOES. STEALS ALL THE SHOES. DOESN’T CHEW THEM UP. BUT STEALS THEM.>>LEFT OR RIGHT OR BOTH? TAYLOR: BOTH.>>THAT’S EXPENSIVE. TAYLOR: I KNOW. NOT A GREAT HABIT.>>A DOG INTO PUMPS, YOU’RE IN
TROUBLE. TAYLOR: MOVING ALONG TO
QUESTIONS, WHY DOES MY CAT MEOW
AT NIGHT? IT’S HARD TO SLEEP.>>THAT IS A PROBLEM WITH A LOT
OF CATS. LET ME COMPARTMENTALIZE THAT. THERE ARE PROBABLY TWO OR THREE
REASONS AP ANXIETY IS ONE,
HEALTH IS ANOTHER, AND BOREDOM. SO WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT, IF
YOU’VE JUST MOVED TO A NEW
PLACE, PERHAPS IT’S ANXIETY AND
THE CAT’S NOT REALLY ADEPT YET. IF IT’S REALLY ENERGETIC CAT AND
IT’S BEEN SLEEPING ALL DAY,
MAYBE IT’S UP AND WANTS TO PLAY
AT NIGHT. PRIOR TO GOING TO SLEEP, YOU
WANT TO GIVE IT SOME ACTIVITY
AND PLAY TIME. DISEASE IS ANOTHER THING. IF THE MEOWING JUST STARTED,
MAYBE IT’S GOT SOME RENAL
PROBLEMS OR PERHAPS THYROID
DISEASE. SO GO BACK AND DO THE DETECTIVE
WORK, FIGURE OUT WHICH OF THOSE
THREE THINGS IT IS, AND FIGURE
OUT WHY. TAYLOR: MY CAT, FOR MY SCHEDULE,
HAS BEEN STUCK AT GETTING UP AT
3:30 IN THE MORNING. STILL DOES IT WHEN I DON’T GET
UP AT 3:30.>>WHEN I GIVE MY CATS THE JOHN
MCENROE BACKHAND. KA-POW! TAYLOR: HOW LONG ARE CATS
TYPICALLY IN HEAT. MINE SEEMS TO BE ALWAYS IN HEAT.>>HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED
THAT? TAYLOR: NO.>>IT’S A PAIN IN THE NECK. CATS ARE POLY ESTRUS. THAT MEANS THEY CAN GO INTO HEAT
A LOT. IT CAN BE ALL THE TIME. THE KEY, GET THEM SPAYED. IT WON’T BE A PROBLEM. BECAUSE, MY GOSH, A CAT IN HEAT. TAYLOR: I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. WHY DOES MY DOG’S WEIGHT LOSS
FOOD HAVE MORE CALORIES THAN
REGULAR FOOD.>>I’LL TELL YOU WHY. BECAUSE A LOT OF THESE WEIGHT
LOSS DOG FOODS REALLY AREN’T
WEIGHT LOSS DOG FOODS. IF IT DOESN’T SAY LIGHT OR LOW
CALORIE ON IT, IT’S NOT A WEIGHT
LOSS DOG FOOD. IF YOU HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT IF
YOU HAVE TO GET YOUR DOG DOWN,
YOU’VE GOT TO GET A PRESCRIPTION
DIET AND TALK TO YOUR VET ABOUT
GETTING THE RIGHT DIET. MAYBE 200 CALORIES A CUP. TAYLOR: AND EXERCISE, OF COURSE. MY DOG HAS HAD PANCREATITIS
SEVERAL TIMES AND IS CONSTANTLY
GOING TO THE VET.>>THE PANCREAS IS A COMPLEX
ORGAN. IT COMMUNICATES BETWEEN THE
STOMACH AND THE INTESTINE. IT HAS A COUPLE RESPONSIBILITIES
TO HELP YOU DIGEST FOOD WITH
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES AND INSULIN. PANCREATITIS WHEN IT GETS
INF
INFLAMED, IT CAN BE A GENETIC
REASON, TRAUMA, OR FOOD. IF MY WORLD, IT’S BECAUSE I’VE
TAKEN GRAVY FROM THE MEAT I’VE
COOKED AND PUT IT ON KIBBLE AND
THE DOG GETS AN INFLAMED
PANCREAS. THEY GET PAINFUL STOMACHS CAN
THROW UP. A LOT OF TIMES THEY GET
HOSPITALIZED. IF YOUR DOG HAS BEGGING EYES,
DON’T FEED IT. FAT CAN BE A REAL PROBLEM F

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