This month Dr. Townshend answers your questions about choosing a high fiber diet for your dog and the importance of canned food for cats.
Q: My vet put my dog on a high-fiber prescription food intended to improve loose stools. It has helped somewhat, but I’d like to try a more holistic solution. Does Holistic Select have a dry food that is high in fiber for my dog?
A: Yes, Holistic Select does offer a higher fiber dry dog food you could try to help with your dog’s loose stool issues. Holistic Select® Weight Management dry dog food recipe has an increased level of fiber with the additional digestive benefits of added probiotics (the “good bacteria” essential for a healthy digestive tract) and digestive enzymes, both of which are important to aid in proper digestion.
Q: I’ve been told cats should be fed a combination of wet and dry food. Would you recommend feeding a diet that includes both wet and dry cat food? I currently give my cat only wet cat food – 1/2 can twice a day.
A: Some pet parents feed exclusively dry cat food, though it is essential to ensure plenty of fresh water is available for the cat as well. Veterinarians generally agree that cats normally do not drink enough water to keep them properly hydrated, which is why canned cat food is recommended in combination with any dry diet (canned cat food is approximately 78% broth).
The Holistic Select Canned Cat Recipes are complete and balanced diets on their own – they just happen to provide the added benefit of hydration. Since you are currently feeding canned cat food, there is no need to add any dry food to your cat’s diet.