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Choosing the Best Food For Your Dog: Thinking Critically About Your Dog's Food:

Some hints and tips to help you find the right food for your dog: By Frenchie Long-Sabados One of the questions I hear most often is “what is the best food on the market”? The reason for this question is simple: animals are family, and just like children we want them to have the best possible care and food the market has to offer. However, this question is not always so easy to answer. There will always be a “top quality” food on the market, and one of them will ALWAYS be the best. However, the BEST may not be what is RIGHT for your canine companion... I hope that the following information will help you to feel more comfortable...

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November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet-Month

  Written by Monte Whaley. This article originally appeared in PetsMatter Nov/Dec 09 - Volume 4 Issue 6, published by the American Animal Hospital Association. Copyright © 2009 American Animal Hospital Association  I remember the day Monte called me to interview me for this article, but I did not know it was published for quite some time. Since November is Adopt A Senior Pet month, I thought I’d share.  Stewart passed peacefully in his sleep and became an angel shortly after this was published.  He was one of many amazing seniors we have had the pleasure of calling friends. Enjoy! ~ Katie Older Pets May Be A Better Fit A bouncy, clear-eyed puppy would have been the easy choice for...

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Understanding Canine Hip Dysplasia & Exploring Treatment Options for Your Dog

  When visiting the veterinarian, dog lovers around the world dread hearing two words: Hip Dysplasia. But what exactly is hip dysplasia, and what are the options when our beloved canine companions receive this diagnosis?     Hip dysplasia is one of the most studied veterinary conditions in dogs, and is the most common single cause of canine arthritis of the hips. The disorder is commonly caused by a genetic malformation of the hip socket, but may be triggered by early injury, excess weight or repetitive motion before a dog is fully developed (this is why early competition and jogging are ill-advised for pups under one year old).  Hip dysplasia results in pain and mobility difficulties. Ideally, the round head...

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Should You Brush Your Pet's Teeth?

 Did you know that your pet’s dental health affects more than just his or her teeth and gums?  Lack of proper dental care and resulting periodontal disease can and does affect your beloved beasts’ entire body: Heart, kidneys, lungs, intestines, and even joints! We recently adopted an incredibly sweet 9-year old dog, Kayla.  Her personality is sweet beyond compare, but her teeth and gums?  Our vet had one word: Horrific. Poor Kayla had such bad periodontal infection that her lymph nodes were swollen and she had a dangerous case of bronchitis secondary to the massive amount of infection in her mouth. After several extractions, daily dose of EnduraPet® Immune Support, and supportive care to help her gums heal, Kayla is...

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Why wet food is best for cats (or The Post Your Cat Will Love Me For) - Part 1

  This subject has come up SIX times this week, so to the top of the list it goes. In a nutshell: Feeding cats wet food exclusively is best. I know I can’t win you over that easily. And I was a hard sell myself until I dug into this issue, but wet is really best, and here’s why: Unlike dogs, cats are obligate carnivores. Their natural prey is only about 10% carbohydrate. Many cats are carbohydrate intolerant and these cats run an especially high risk of developing diabetes if fed a high carbohydrate diet. It amazes me that so many “diet” foods for cats and even the so-called “prescription” diets sold by many veterinarians contain not only carbohydrates well...

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