Bloating is life threatening. Don’t let your dog suffer.

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Although it may not seem like a big deal if your dog is a little bloated after eating a meal, it can actually be life threatening. In fact, bloating kills 20,000 dogs per year, and is generally caused by eating too quickly. Have you ever watched your dog eat? For the most part, dogs tend to gobble up food in a blink of an eye. It may take your dog only 1-2 minutes to eat, which isn’t very long considering how much food is in the bowl. Read More »

5 ways to celebrate Love Your Pet Day

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Show your dog or cat some extra love on Love Your Pet Day

Valentine’s Day has passed, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating. In fact, another fun-loving holiday is here called Love Your Pet Day. Love Your Pet Day is celebrated on Thursday, February 20th, and it’s a chance to show your all pets just how much you love them. Sure, hugging, petting and giving an occasional treat is great, but if you’re looking for something different, here are 5 ways to celebrate Love Your Pet Day. Read More »

What’s the Deal with Organic Dog Treats?

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Dogs love treats!

Wagging tail, appreciative stare, licking lips…is there anything better than giving your dog a treat for good behavior? No, not really. It’s no big secret that dog treats can make your dog very happy, but are you really doing your pet a favor? Some treats that are packed with preservatives or artificial ingredients can cause digestive upset and even aggravate allergies. So switching to an organic treat can help make a difference in your pet’s health. Read More »

The Importance of Diet – Feeding Sick Pets

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Some dogs are predisposed to obesity

Sometimes we aren’t sure what is wrong with our pets but we usually have a strong feeling that something is wrong when our pets are not eating well. Our pets may be predisposed to food-related problems such allergies, obesity, food allergies, cardiomyopathy, and even osteoarthritis. Over the years I have discovered that when one of my dogs would not eat regular dog food for a day or so, they usually are more than willing to eat a piece of cooked liver; when the dog however is not willing to eat a small piece of cooked liver, it’s time to go to the veterinarian for a workup. Read More »

The Benefits of a Raw Food Diet without the Hassle

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Raw food diets are getting more popular

While not everyone agrees with the concept of feeding a raw food diet to their pet, the popularity of raw-food diets is certainly rising. Supporters feel that a high-quality raw food diet most closely mimics what your dog’s wild ancestors would have eaten in the wild. This type of diet is usually fresh, free of grains and fillers, and is nutrient dense. Many pet parents notice their dog has cleaner teeth, a shiny coat and healthy skin, more energy, and smaller, less smelly stools after switching to a raw food diet.

Raw food diets for pets come in many forms that can range from homemade meals prepared fresh each day to prepackaged frozen meals such as Nature’s Variety Instinct raw frozen diet. In fact, one of the drawbacks that keep some pet parents from switching to a raw food diet is the inconvenience, whether the time it takes to shop for and prepare, locating a nearby source to purchase frozen raw foods, or just finding the space to store the fresh or bags of frozen raw food.

Stella & Chewy's Freeze Dried Dinner is available at PetMeds®

Another option to consider is a raw food diet in freeze-dried form. This allows your pet to get the benefits associated with a raw food diet, but in a convenient form that’s easy to purchase, store and serve. Now available at PetMeds, Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dinner is an all-natural, healthy raw food that’s minimally processed and made without grains or fillers, hormones, artificial ingredients, sugar or salt. Just store the bag in a cool, dry place and rehydrate by adding warm water before serving. It’s available in five different flavors: Stella’s Super Beef, Chewy’s Chicken, Duck Duck Goose, Dandy Lamb, and Surf N’ Turf.

Blue Buffalo Pet Food: A Healthy Choice

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Blue Buffalo pet food is manufactured in the United States

One of the best things you can do for your beloved pet to ensure a lifetime of good health is to select a high quality, nutritious pet food. With the variety of dog and cat food available, choosing the best food for your pet can seem like a daunting task. The simplest thing you can do is start by reading the label, which will list ingredients in order of weight. Focus on the first few ingredients, which make up the bulk of what is in the food, and make sure that the first ingredient listed is a specific, named real meat such as chicken, turkey, salmon, lamb or beef for example. Look for a form of healthy carbohydrates such as brown rice or sweet potatoes and a healthy source of animal fat such as poultry fat and fish oil. Ingredients to avoid in your pet’s food include preservatives, meat by-products, artificial colors and flavorings, and corn, wheat and soy which are fillers. Read More »

Bella Comparison Shops For Dry Dog Foods

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One of the most frequently asked questions we at Southern California Pomeranian Rescue is  “What should I feed my newly adopted Pom?”   Mommy used to answer that question with “Whatever dog food it will eat that you are comfortable with buying!”  But she has changed that answer after a few years of dog ownership and some pretty big vet bills after making some very common assumptions that were very expensive mistakes.

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Royal Canin: Pet Food Tailored for Different Breeds

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Royal Canin's line of breed-specific pet food includes Dachshund 28

One of the wonderful things about dogs is the variety of shapes and sizes dogs come in, from the tiny Chihuahua to the Great Dane and everything in between. Although all dogs were descended from the grey wolf, Canis Lupus, throughout the centuries, dogs have been selectively bred for different jobs and functions. Each breed has its own unique physical characteristics, activity level and nutritional requirements. Why take a one-size-fits-all approach to dog food? It makes sense that the small kibble that would be perfect for a Yorkshire terrier would not be a great choice for a large breed dog. Certain breeds are more prone to specific health problems, which should be considered when selecting your pet’s food. Royal Canin has developed a line of pet foods formulated for the specific requirements of certain breeds of dogs and cats.

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Should My Pet Eat a Senior Diet?

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It is more important for your senior pet to eat a healthy, minimally processed food than to eat a "senior" diet.

One of the more common questions presented in the clinic is when should an animal guardian consider changing their pets’ diet to a specific senior formula. This is one of the most misunderstood areas of animal nutrition. As a holistically oriented veterinarian, the most important aspects to healthy feeding include a minimally-processed, preferably raw pet food diet if possible, that mimics what pets evolved to eat in the wild.  If this is not possible, a minimally-processed diet such as PetGuard or Wysong are indeed acceptable alternatives. Such foods have been hallmarks in holistic veterinary medicine for decades, and will almost certainly never be found on a pet food recall list.

I find it even more important to maintain most healthy adult or senior pets on diets such as those mentioned here, in order to maintain optimal health and aging organ function. The only time I will consider feeding a senior pet food or possibly a low-protein food is when a pet has advanced pathology of its liver or kidneys, as determined by blood work, so that workload can be reduced on these vital organs. However, in most healthy senior pets, I find it counterproductive to change formulas and/or reduce protein, because I find that in many cases these senior diets are nutritionally inferior, and by feeding them, we may lead to increased health problems in our beloved senior pets.

Making a Quick Pet Food Transition

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If your pet needs to transition foods quickly, look for a similar formula

With the recent pet food recall of many brands of foods manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods, many animal guardians need to quickly make changes to new diets for their pets. There are several helpful guidelines when making a transition in your pet’s diet rapidly.  It is usually less stressful on the digestive tract to find a similar formula as to what your pet has been eating. For example, if your pet was eating a lamb and rice diet, it would be helpful to change to a similar one. Sometimes it can also be helpful to use a home-made diet of chicken and rice when changing a pet’s food as well to a new diet, by using 20% chicken and 80% rice. Finally, it may be helpful to use a good probiotic from the health food store or one such as Fast Balance G.I., in order to make sure that the bacterial population remain healthy during the time of a stress or dietary change.