A friend and I were discussing this that we never recalled vet visits for our animals and they lived long healthy lives for the most part and I know there was no food bought for them; they caught their own and ate table scraps (in my case) and were healthy looking. Of course when rabies came to be that was a must but even then just for the dog. What was your experience?
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Yes. Even though I never saw any I knew there were animal doctors for cows and horses and such. My brother was the only animal owner til I was about ten and got a kitten. I know his dog got bit by a rat and he had to shoot him, both about 15 yrs old.
Well you know if God didn't give us cat and dog food I guess they were meant to eat ours!
That is something to ponder on, Jackie. I think you are right.
We are finding out how bad dog food has been & cat food but I have to say I gave my Lily who lived almost 20 years dry Friskies as her main diet but I did give her tuna with raw garlic every few days so guess I will do that with 2 that I have now
Brewers yeast for fleas, wow, tell me more about that. I gave my cat Lilly garlic for fleas and worms (she went to the vet a few times and was fixed) but she did take a dust bath now and then. White as snow and always clean. She lived to almost 20.
Jackie, Get the 10 mg tablets and give one tablet for every 10 pounds of dog. They eat them like treats. Mine did tricks for them. They worked a lot better in the west than they did in the south. Probably because there are a bunch more in the south.
Thank you Becky! I live in the south!
I moved back to Arizona recently from TN. I could not handle the humidity any more. I do not need to get flea protection for my dogs at this point. We have been here since March and not a single flea on three dogs.
Well that is strange; I figured they'd have fleas in Alaska! The sand ones of the south are bad though. Makes you wonder what it is about sand that fleas like!
They do not have as many fleas in areas where it is cold for a long time in the winter. Cold will kill the eggs, which makes less fleas. 2 weeks at below freezing will kill the eggs. The longer the cold spell, the more dead flea eggs.
I had no idea about that. Tempts me to stick mine in the freezer for awhile. Just kidding!
Becky, can you give Brewer's yeast to cats, too? If so, how much? Both my cats are between 11 and 15 lbs. The larger one is diabetic.
Yes, you can give brewers yeast to cats too. Same dosage. I gave my cat brewers yeast too. Like I said, it doesn't work as well in the south. I did not have much luck with it there for some reason. I still had to give the dogs the monthly pills.
Ah, great! How did you get the cats to eat it? How much? My kittens are only about six weeks old. One is a runt & only half size & is why I fear taking it to vet for shot quite yet, because I have had some pound ones die from something they g
I just handed the pill to them and they ate it. If you do not feel comfortable with giving the full pill, they have powdered and you just mix it in their food. All natural and mostly vitamins. I get it at a health food store.
Oh, glad you cam back I was just gonna go buy a jar of brewers yeast. Can't do that huh?
Jackie, can't do what? Brewers yeast is good for them. Powdered or tablet form doesn't matter. Mixing it in their food in powdered form is easier and you can use less for a smaller animal.
Great; I don't have a health food store near so will just pick up brewers yeast at the grocery store.Comes in jars. I will just use a little to start and rub some in their fur too. I already use coconut oil with garlic cloves; great fur from that.thx
I wouldn't think of not having a vet today Kevin; I just wondered how they made it years ago without them. Did people do certain things to protect them or you know I have seen cats eat grass for their stomach; is it for worms? Dust baths for fleas?
I guess without vets they used natural ways. Like spraying cat w/apple cider vinegar in shampoo bath or putting dish soap in small plate of water below nightlight (I catch many small flies that way, they touch the light and die).
I hope this question will get people to tell whatever they know; I really don't remember Mom doing anything but picking fleas off to kill; we never bathed cats and I have read you shouldn't but I have bathed my two little ones a couple times already.
I think you're onto something here, Jackie. On our farm back in the fifties our cats drank fresh warm milk and they caught mice. Dogs ate scraps. Couple cats died of distemper. No vets.
Yes I remember giving my cats warm milk for a treat now and then; I doubt I knew there was cat food. lol Most cats brought their catches to show off; even snakes!
Yes, under $4.50 with no postage for 300 tablets!
Thanks Lois; rabies shots was something that came along (well that i heard of) when I was a teen. Before that I don't think I ever heard of a Vet. lol Boy does that age me!
I use to get dogs and cats from pounds and more than one of each died a couple days later and a vet said they wait too late to worm them til you buy them and sometimes give too much for weight.I want indoor outdoor pets so there are no liter boxes.
Both my cats are indoor cats, but they mysteriously got fleas this May. Our usual Advantage II and Pet Armor didn't work. The vet gave us a prescription flea drop, and our diabetic cat acted like he had been poisoned or had a stroke.