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What should I feed my dog?
Well, now we call them omnivores and have found they require a balance of protein, fats and carbs. You should feed your dog a diet that agrees with them from tastebuds to tail ( poops.) It is important to avoid toxic foods like onion/garlic/high fats/chocolate, the ASPCA has a full list, I also like Whole Dog Journal for Nutrition points
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What should I feed my cat?
Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they require animal proteins as the core of their diet. Look for a high quality protein as 1st ingredient in the cat food of your choice. Because all dry cat foods have a larger percent of carbohydrates when making a kibble diet these will always be more "fattening" than a can/moist version of the same diet.
What are all these vaccines for?
FVRCP=the core combo to prevent Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis(feline Herpes), Calicivirus, and Panleukpenia, 3 common and potentially serious infections. Kittens receive a series of 3-4 vaccines then every 3 years.
Feline Leukemia=only recommended for outdoor cats at risk of this feline only virus to prevent chronic anemia and eventually cancer. A series of 2 vaccines and then given every 2 years or less if exposure is limited.
Rabies= required by the law this protects cats and dogs, and secondarily humans from this deadly virus. Given btw 3-6 months,then every 3 years.
DAPPV= the core combo of Distemper virus, Adenovirus, Parvo virus and Parainfluenza. These cause serious diseases in dogs, from respiratory to intestine Pups get 3-4 vaccines up to 4 mo then every 3 years.
Lyme=The ever present risk of Lyme Disease is greatly reduced by up to 95% by making sure your dog gets this yearly vaccine
Lepto=Leptospirosis is another dangerous spirochete common in standing water sources that can infect dogs(and Humans) causing liver and kidney infections, Spread in wildlife and dog urine, please vaccinate yearly to stop the spread.
Bordetella=a bacterial infection causing a highly contagious cough that can lead to pneumonia. Commonly referred to as Kennel Cough, you don't need a kennel to catch this infection. Given by mouth once a year.