Animal Feeding

An animals feeding requirements will vary depending on the species, age (i.e young or old), type, status (working pregnant, lactating or ill)

Feeding an adult corn snake

Feeding an adult corn snake

Corn snakes are usually not eaters if they have the proper heat and enclosure. One important aspect of feeding that is often overlooked is the addition of to the cage. Corn snakes, like most snakes, like to feel secure in their environment. One way of providing for this need is to put hiding spots in the enclosure.. Corn snakes kept without appropriate hiding areas become and may refuse to eat.

Hatchling corn snakes begin eating pinky mice, and progress up to adult mice once they are mature. A good rule of thumb is to feed the snake a food item that is the same, or close to, the snake's diameter. Feed an item that is too large, and the snake will often it. Snakes will also regurgitate if they do not have a area or if they are too soon after they eat. Corn snakes can be fed two times a , but once is usually enough. You will need a pair of tongs to offer the snake the food with and it is often a good idea to feed the snake in another tank or box and not its own tank, so that the snake does not associate something moving in its tank with feeding time and striking your . Clean should be available at all times, corn snakes drink often.

feeding an adult corn snake answers

Corn snakes are usually not picky eaters if they have the proper heat and enclosure. One important aspect of feeding that is often overlooked is the addition of hiding areas to the cage. Corn snakes, like most snakes, like to feel secure in their environment. One way of providing for this need is to put hiding spots in the enclosure. . Corn snakes kept without appropriate hiding areas become stressed and may refuse to eat.

Hatchling corn snakes begin eating pinky mice, and progress up to adult mice once they are mature. A good rule of thumb is to feed the snake a food item that is the same, or close to, the snake's diameter. Feed an item that is too large, and the snake will often regurgitate it. Snakes will also regurgitate if they do not have a warm area or if they are handled too soon after they eat. Corn snakes can be fed two times a week, but once is usually enough. You will need a pair of tongs to offer the snake the food with and it is often a good idea to feed the snake in another tank or box and not its own tank, so that the snake does not associate something moving in its tank with feeding time and striking your hand. Clean water should be available at all times, corn snakes drink often.

Feeding a corn snake T/F

  • Corn snakes can be fed twice a week
  • corn snakes should be fed twice a day
  • corn snakes will regurgitate food that is too big
  • corn snakes should be fed food bigger than their diameter
  • corn snakes need a warm area in their tank
  • corn snakes need a cool area in their tank
  • you can move and handle a corn snake after being fed
  • corn snakes should never be fed in a separate tank
  • corn snakes find their prey through their movement

T/F answers

Feeding a dog after surgery

Feeding an old dog after surgery

It's not uncommon for a dog to food the day after surgery. However it is vital that they are , so fresh clean water must always be available. You must make sure that the water bowl is accessible to the dog as he may have difficulty moving around after surgery. A raised water bowl may make it easier for him to drink, or if he is not able to move you may have to offer him frequent drinks by hand.

  Some dogs experience from the anaesthesia, which of course takes their appetite away. (Many pets will not have a bowel movement for the first 4-5 days after anaesthesia and surgery, either.)  To entice the dog to eat you should offer him amounts of boiled, lean meat (such as skinless chicken or mince steak with the fat drained off) mixed with a little cooked rice or cooked pasta. These are easy to digest, nutritious, unlikely to upset his stomach and tasty. The protein in the meat will also help with the healing process. Try warming up the food (a little!) to enhance the . Gradually wean your dog back onto the regular diet over a week or so.

If the dog is not keen to eat but is willing to drink, offer him low fat/ low sodium chicken or beef broth. You might try offering canned dog food or baby food as a way of enticing him into eating.  Hand feeding may help a lot, too.

Keep in mind that a dog that is confined will need less calories.  It's okay that he eats a during this time while he's less active.

Prescribed medication may also have to be given with the food and care must be taken to make sure that tablets or medicine are administered properly. Tablets may need to be ground and hidden in tasty bits of food, which should be hand fed so that you can observe if they have been . The medication chart must be filled in so that the dose is not given twice.

 It is a good idea to and monitor the dog’s food and fluid intake and also when he urinates and defecates. This would enable early detection of certain post-operative problems. 

feeding an old dog after surgery answers

It's not uncommon for a dog to refuse food the day after surgery. However it is vital that they are drinking, so fresh clean water must always be available. You must make sure that the water bowl is accessible to the dog as he may have difficulty moving around after surgery. A raised water bowl may make it easier for him to drink, or if he is not able to move you may have to offer him frequent drinks by hand.

  Some dogs experience nausea from the anaesthesia, which of course takes their appetite away. (Many pets will not have a bowel movement for the first 4-5 days after anaesthesia and surgery, either.)  To entice the dog to eat you should offer him small amounts of boiled, lean meat (such as skinless chicken or mince steak with the fat drained off) mixed with a little cooked rice or cooked pasta. These are easy to digest, nutritious, unlikely to upset his stomach and tasty. The protein in the meat will also help with the healing process. Try warming up the food (a little!) to enhance the flavour. Gradually wean your dog back onto the regular diet over a week or so.

If the dog is not keen to eat but is willing to drink, offer him low fat/ low sodium chicken or beef broth. You might try offering canned dog food or baby food as a way of enticing him into eating.  Hand feeding may help a lot, too.

Keep in mind that a dog that is confined will need less calories.  It's okay that he eats a little less during this time while he's less active.

Prescribed medication may also have to be given with the food and care must be taken to make sure that tablets or medicine are administered properly. Tablets may need to be ground and hidden in tasty bits of food, which should be hand fed so that you can observe if they have been swallowed. The medication chart must be filled in so that the dose is not given twice.

 It is a good idea to record and monitor the dog’s food and fluid intake and also when he urinates and defecates. This would enable early detection of certain post-operative problems. 

feeding an old dog after surgery

  • nausea
    usually experienced after antithesis and will reduce a dogs appetite
  • Heating the food
    will enhance the flavour of the food and increase the dogs desire to eat it
  • cooked rice or cooked pasta
    is gentle on the tummy and can be added to chicken or meet following surgery
  • low fat/sodium chicken or beef broth
    for dogs refusing to eat but are drinking this is an alternative way to ensure they are receiving nutrients
  • record and monitor dogs food and fluid intake
    this can help diagnosing problems after surgery