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Weekly Pet Quiz: Fasting for Dogs, Thiamine Deficiency & Lyme Disease

1 For which of the following is most suitable for a therapeutic fast?

  • a 4-month old puppy
  • a diabetic dog
  • an overweight cat
  • a healthy adult dog

    Therapeutic fasting can offer significant health benefits for companion animals, but we don't hear much about it, perhaps because not every pet can be fasted, and the results can be catastrophic if food is withheld from the wrong animal. Fasting more than 12 hours is never a good idea for cats, especially if they're overweight, due to the risk of hepatic lipidosis. As a general rule, it's only safe for healthy adult dogs, and should be avoided for growing puppies, lactating females, old dogs, dogs with health conditions for which fasting is contraindicated and small toy breeds prone to hyperglycemia. Learn more

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