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The Case of the Nearly Exploding Cow

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I’ve written a lot in past blogs about the amazing physiology of the cow. From cud chewing to massive milk production, the bovine is an impressive feat of engineering, for sure. But, as with most biological systems, there are occasional...

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How to Switch from Dry to Canned Cat Food

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Cat owners need to decide whether they are going to feed dry kibble, canned food, or some combination of the two. People tend to pick dry food for its convenience and relatively lower cost, and some cats do just fine on a dry only diet. However,...

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'Rich' Ingredients on the Pet Food Label Are Worthless

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The focus of the holidays always seems to center around food in some way or another. When people talk about nutrition, human or pet, the word “rich” is frequently heard. Foods will be referred to as rich in this vitamin, that mineral,...

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Natura Issues Voluntary Limited Recall of Dry Cat and Dry Ferret Food due to Vitamin Insufficiency

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Natura Pet Products initiated a limited voluntary recall of dry cat and dry ferret food due to a formulation error that left these products with insufficient levels of vitamins and minerals. According to a release from Natura, there have...

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The Philosophy Behind Diagnosing Diseases in Pets

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I have an unusual fascination with the concept of medicine as both an art and a science. Superficially, the two disciplines have little to do with each other. Where medicine is sterile, factual, statistical, and specific, art is paradoxically...

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Surgical Site Infections Benefit Some Dogs with Bone Cancer

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“Infections are bad.” Now there’s a statement that seems self-evident, right? But as is always the case in veterinary medicine, exceptions to the rule exist. I know of at least one instance when a surgical site infection...

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Is My Dog Food Safe?

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The most important thing to remember about your dog’s diet is that it should be balanced and complete. No one diet is right for all dogs. Young growing puppies have different nutritional needs than do mature dogs. Likewise, dogs with medical...

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5 & 6. Calcium and Phosphorus

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Calcium and phosphorus are two other nutrients that can have a deleterious effect if fed in excess to dogs. Of particular importance is the ratio of calcium to phosphorus in the dog food. An abnormally high level of either nutrient may alter...

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4. Vitamin D

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Feeding dogs abnormally high levels of vitamin D can result in increased calcium levels, causing a number of adverse symptoms involving the kidneys, bladder stones, gastrointestinal tract, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.

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3. Sodium

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Sodium is crucial for dogs in a numbers of ways — it helps regulateblood pressure, aids in the transmission ofnerveimpulses, and is partially responsible for maintaining the balance between acids and bases in the body. Despite this, excessive...

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2. Magnesium

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Magnesium, though a necessary nutrient, is certainly a nutrient that can cause illness, sometimes severe and life-threatening. When fed in excess amounts, magnesium can have a negative impact on both the nervous system and heart, causing symptoms...

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1. Protein

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Even though dogs are omnivores, protein is an essential part of any dog food. Ideally, the protein should come from an easily digestible source, especially for dogs with renal disease. Poor quality protein not only causes issues for metabolism...

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Sometimes, Good Ingredients Can Be Harmful Too

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“All animals need water, energy — from protein, fat, or carbohydrates — essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals,” says Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD, and Professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University...

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Watch Out For These 6 Nutrients in Dog Food

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There are some essential nutrients that can actually do more harm than good for dogs if fed in excess amounts. Pay extra attention to these nutrients in your dog's food.

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5. Buy Quality Pet Food

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"What you feed your pet has a tremendous impact on their health," says Dr. Gallagher. "Choose quality pet food and avoid issues with obesity — an epidemic problem among pets — by feeding your dog or cat the right amount."...

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4. Exercise and Play Regularly

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Big or small, young or old, our pets need to exercise daily. Without physical activity, your dog or cat will become bored, frustrated and even unhealthy — leading to issues such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Consult a veterinarian...

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3. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

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"Dental disease is a common problem in our pets and can lead to a variety of health issues," says Dr. Gallagher. "It is estimated that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of 3 years suffer from some degree of periodontal...

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2. Establish a Grooming Routine

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Grooming is not just about maintaining your pet’s level of cleanliness, and it is not just about keeping your pet "good-looking." Grooming is also about maintaining their physical health. Hair brushing, ear cleaning, and nail...

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1. Schedule Annual Checkups

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"Dogs and cats age much faster than us, so missing even one yearly appointment could be like you not visiting your doctor for over 5 years," says Ashley Gallagher, DVM at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C. "Annual...

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5 Ways to Prevent Pet Food Recalls

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In order to fully understand how pet food recalls can be prevented, you must first know why they occur in the first place. Learn more about pet food recalls and what you might be able to do to prevent them too.

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5 Simple Rules for Giving Your Pet a Healthy Life

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"Dogs and cats age much faster than us, so missing even one yearly appointment could be like you not visiting your doctor for over 5 years," says a top vet. Learn more about what you can do to give your pet a long life.

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5. Initiate 'Hold and Release' Protocols

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A “hold and release” program is a protocol that can be especially useful in preventing recalls. In these programs, the finished product is held from being shipped for sale until all testing has been completed and the results of the...

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4. Set High Quality Control Standards

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There should be an array of standard protocols and quality control tests that are performed routinely in the facility. Cleaning procedures must be strict and must take place regularly and without fail. Equipment should be maintained and inspected...

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3. Separate Cooked and Uncooked Ingredients

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Because many potential contaminants are present in uncooked ingredients, it is important to separate these ingredients from those that have already been cooked, processed, and are ready for packaging. A pet food manufacturing plant should have...

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2. Source Ingredients Carefully

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Sourcing ingredients from reputable locations that have high quality control standards is another step that pet food companies can take to reduce the occurrence of dog food recalls. Sourcing from questionable areas may lead to the attainment...

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Nutrition Questions
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Q. I want to feed a homemade meal for my dog. What are the basics I need to follow?

A. Feeding a homemade meal can be tricky, however there are several steps to take. The...

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Q. Is it okay to give table food to my dog with kidney disease?

A. Your dog is likely on a special therapeutic food that helps take the workload off...

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Q. Why should I buy cat food according to my cat's life stage?

A. The nutritional needs for your cat vary depending on their life stage. Kittens should...

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