Keep your kitty’s joints healthy this winter

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Joint issues can be exacerbated by the cold weather

You may have noticed, many US states are experiencing record low temperatures. While snuggling up near the fire and reading a good book makes for the perfect afternoon, keeping our pets comfortable during the cold winter months can be challenging. Joint related issues are often exacerbated by the cold weather and can cause joint pain symptoms such as limping, crying and having trouble getting up and down. Read More »

10 tips to boost your pet’s health in the New Year

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Ways to help your pet have a healthy New Year

With the New Year fast approaching, it’s hard not to think about plans for ourselves–plans such as losing weight, exercising more, and stressing less. However, with all of the resolutions that we may have for ourselves, we can also help make resolutions for our pets. If your pet hasn’t been acting like his or her peppy self lately, here are some tips to help boost your pet’s health in the New Year: Read More »

Got a sick pet? Viyo Recuperation can help

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Viyo Recuperation can help restore your pet back to health and even enhance your pet’s appetite

If your pet has ever had an illness, or has undergone surgery, you know just how upsetting it can be to see your pet down and out. Many pet parents wonder what they can do to quickly get their pet on the right track to recovery.  Well, did you know that getting the right nutrition into your pet is one of the best ways you can help? Read More »

Stop your pet’s tear stains in their tracks!

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Tear stains are caused by  is caused by excessive tear production or insufficient tear drainage

If your pretty, white pet has tear stains, you know just how annoying those stains can be.  Those stubborn red stains that appear under your pet’s eyes are from a condition called epiphora. Epiphora, an overflow of tears, is caused by excessive tear production or insufficient tear drainage. Over time, your pet’s tears start to accumulate under the eye and cause the reddish staining. Not only does it cause staining, but it can also cause bacteria to build up under the eye and cause irritation. Read More »

How to prevent future urinary tract infections

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Urinary tract infections are more common in dogs than cats

Did you know that urinary tract infections are more common in dogs than in cats? In addition, older female dogs, and dogs with diabetes are more prone to urinary tract problems. UTIs can be painful for pets, and if left untreated can lead to more serious medical problems like bladder and kidney infections, bladder stones, and if very serious, kidney failure. Read More »

Giving Your Pet Immune-Boosting Supplements

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Your pet’s immune system protects him or her from infectious diseases

Every now and then, our pets need a little pick-me-up. Many dog and cat owners give their pets supplements for healthy skin and coat and healthy joints, but did you know it is important to support your pet’s immune system too? Read More »

Probiotics for Your Pet’s Digestive and Immune System Health

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Probiotic Chewys for Dogs

If you’re like most pet guardians, you want your furry family members to be healthy and happy for as long as possible. You might even already be supplementing your dog or cat’s diet with a multivitamin, Omega 3 fatty acid or joint supplement. However, adding a probiotic to your pet’s diet is a great way to support your pet’s overall health. Read More »

How Do Probiotics Help Pets?

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The digestive tract of our pet is under constant stress

One of the most recent advances in veterinary nutritional medicine is the development of the use of probiotics both as a therapeutic, as well as preventative, treatment in managing our cases. The digestive tract of pets is under constant stress, not only from emotional and physical factors, but also the increasing use of commonly prescribed drugs both orally and topically in veterinary medicine. Many of these medicines seem to disrupt the healthy flora and bacterial populations of a healthy digestive tract, which when imbalanced, may lead to all sorts of clinical problems.

Not only do we see increases in digestive upset including gas, bloating, diarrhea and vomiting, but also other systemic allergic reactions, including increased tendency to joint, skin/coat problems, as well as increases in allergic respiratory diseases. By supplementing with a good quality probiotic with multiple healthy strains of particularly lactobacillus and bifidus, we are able to increase the immune function of the digestive tract in helping prevent these unwanted chronic diseases. Many good quality probiotics will also include what are called prebiotics, as well as nutrients for the healthy bacteria, including fructo-oligosaccharides, which can help promote the growth of healthy bacteria.

This is especially important when pets are under any sort of stress or on any chronic antibiotic therapy or anti-inflammatory therapy, which often kill of the healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. Some of my favorite probiotics include Fast Balance G.I., as well as Mitomax made by the Imagilin Company.

Helping Build a Healthy Immune System For Your Pet

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Feeding your pet a healthy diet can help build a healthy immune system.

There are many things an animal guardian can do in building a healthy immune system in our animal companions.  By far the most important thing is to feed a healthy diet.  Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was quoted as saying “Let food be thy medicine.”

My favorite diets are proper and balanced fresh home-made diets, such as those described in the book, Dr. Pitcairn’s Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, Ph.D. No matter how old the pet, I have seen some amazing changes in pet health, vigor and activity in pets that are fed such wonderful balanced recipes. Donald Strombeck, Ph.D., also has a wonderful book full of healthy recipes that many of my clients have found very helpful.

If it is not possible to feed such diets, my next choice will be minimally processed commercial diets that are made with fresh whole meats, as well as preserved naturally with no fillers or artificial flavors.  My favorite diets here include Wysong, Pet Guard, Halo, and Nature’s Variety.

In addition to feeding a healthy diet, I also recommend certain supplements as well to help promote proper immune system health.  Probiotics and enzymes, such as NatureVet Enzymes and Fast Balance GI, help promote a healthy digestive tract, which is the cornerstone of a healthy immune system.   Antioxidants, including Vitamin C, Vitamin E, DMG and Proanthozone are critical in decreasing free radical inflammation involved with so many chronic diseases and cancer in our pets.

Finally, Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation is critical in any mammalian species to help promote a healthy digestive tract, heart, joints, kidneys and brain.  My favorite Omega 3 fatty acid supplements include Super Pure Omega 3, and Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3 fatty acids.  By feeding a healthy diet and with proper supplementation, our animal companions are more likely to live long and happy lives.

Recommended Omega-3 and Omega-6 Ratio for Pets

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DHA and EPA are examples of Omega-3 fatty acids, and LA, GLA, and DGLA are examples of Omega-6 fatty acids Fatty acids are specific types of unsaturated fats that are often needed to be supplemented to pets for optimal health because animals can produce some of the fatty acids but not all of them. The two main classes of fatty acids are the Omega-3 fatty acids and the Omega-6 fatty acids.  The difference between between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are based on molecular structure.  Research is ongoing about what the proper ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids should be consumed for optimal benefits.

Current recommendations for pets suggest an Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio of approximately 10:1 to 5:1 be consumed. Since most pet foods contain much more Omega-6 fatty acids than Omega-3 fatty acids, many pet food companies have added Omega-3 fatty acids to try and compensate for this difference.  However, the cooking and processing of most commercial pet foods does destroy some of the fatty acid content. Also in many allergic and inflammatory conditions of the body, adding supplemental fatty acids can help in the management/prevention of many disease conditions.  Examples of Omega-3 fatty acids include ALA, EPA and DHA.  Examples of Omega-6 fatty acids include LA, GLA, DGLA, and Arachidonic acid.

Both types of fatty acids can help in many diseases, however, fatty acid supplementation rich in the Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA and the Omega-6 fatty acid GA seem to be the most effective for many of these conditions.   Among the various diseases potentially helped by these acids include allergies and autoimmune conditions, heart disease, joint problems,  coat and skin problems, central nervous system disorders, as well as many cancers.

There are numerous brands of fatty acid supplements with different quantities of vitamins, minerals and these fatty acids. Among the excellent products I have used include Nordic Natural Pet Omega-3 or Nordic Naturals Pet Cod Liver Oil supplement, as well as Be Well fatty acid supplement.    It is suggested that for conditions such as allergic skin disease that a 2-3 month trial with a good fatty acid supplement that is rich in EPA, DHA, GLA, vitamin E and/or the Omega-6 fatty acid LA be used. Fatty acid supplements should also be fortified with Vitamin E as well.   This ratio of fatty acids will differ from product to product, so if a trial with one fatty acid supplement does not work after an adequate period of time, it may be beneficial to try another one.