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5. Alcohol

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Beer, wine and cocktails aside, alcohol can also be found in desserts and can be created in your dog’s stomach if they ingest homemade or store bought yeast dough used in making holiday breads and rolls. Even small amount of alcohol, both...

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4. Xylitol

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While you may be making the healthier choice by cooking with artificial sweeteners over the real thing, sweeteners containing Xylitol are poisonous to dogs, causing vomiting, tremors, seizures, tarry stool and even death. According to the Pet...

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3. Raisins (and Grapes)

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Most stuffing recipes include raisins as an ingredient, which can be toxic to your dog. Raisins and grapes (which is the un-dried version of a raisin) can cause vomiting, diarrhea and eventually acute renal failure in dogs.

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2. Onions (and Garlic)

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Onions, garlic and other foods in the Allium family, such as leeks and scallions, can all be extremely poisonous to dogs if consumed in sufficient quantity. "Onion and garlic poisoning results in oxidative damage to the red blood cells...

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1. Chocolate

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Chocolate is a well known off-limits indulgence for dogs. However, during the holidays many people use baking chocolate in recipes and forget about the ingredient by the time the desert hits the table. According to Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director...

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Avoid the Holiday Emergency

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The holiday season may be a time for giving, except when it comes to giving certain table scraps to your dog. Foods commonly found on our dinner and party tables such as turkey, pork and cheese are too high in salt and fat for our pets. . An...

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5. Does it have an AAFCO Statement?

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Also called a "nutrition claim," the "AAFCO statement of nutritional adequacy or purpose" is a statement that indicates the food is complete and balanced for a particular life stage, such as growth, reproduction, adult maintenance...

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4. Has the Cat Food Undergone Feeding Trials?

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According to Ashley Gallagher, DVM at Friendship Hospital for Animals, AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) feeding trials are the gold standard when it comes to feeding trials for pet foods. Diets that have been substantiated...

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3. Does it have Artificial Flavors, Additives or Preservatives?

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Premium pet foods use natural ingredients instead of artificial flavors, additives or preservatives that are often the source of "empty" or non-nutritious calories. Some preservatives are even known to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing)...

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2. Who Makes the Cat Food?

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Formulating your cat’s food is not easy. In fact, quality pet food manufacturers employ nutritionists who must properly balance key ingredients in the diets (sometimes numbering more than 50 nutrients ) as well as individual nutrients...

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1. Where was the Cat Food Made?

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Quality and safety is a concern for all pet food manufacturers, but some companies take particular pride manufacturing the food at their own facilities (versus co-manufacturing or manufacturing off-site) in order to uphold these two principles....

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Spend Smartly

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Saving money makes sense for certain items, but not when you're talking about skimping on pet food and getting the "cheap" brand. Your cat is wonderful companion and deserves a diet that will help keep him or her healthy for many...

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5 Ways to Know Your Cat Food is Worth the Money

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Skimping on cat food and getting the "cheap" brand is often more trouble than it's worth. So how, then, should you choose? Let's look a few key factors.

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5. Does it have an AAFCO Statement?

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Also called a "nutrition claim," the "AAFCO statement of nutritional adequacy or purpose" is a statement that indicates the food is complete and balanced for a particular life stage, such as growth, reproduction, adult maintenance...

READ MORE

4. Has the Pet Food Undergone Feeding Trials?

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According to Ashley Gallagher, DVM at Friendship Hospital for Animals, AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) feeding trials are the gold standard when it comes to feeding trials for pet foods. Diets that have been substantiated...

READ MORE

3. Does it have Artificial Flavors, Additives or Preservatives?

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Premium pet foods use natural ingredients instead of artificial flavors, additives or preservatives that are often the source of "empty" or non-nutritious calories. Some preservatives are even known to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing)...

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2. Who Makes the Pet Food?

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Formulating your pet’s food is not easy. In fact, quality pet food manufacturers employ nutritionists who must properly balance key ingredients in the diets (sometimes numbering more than 50 nutrients ) as well as individual nutrients...

READ MORE

1. Where was the Pet Food Made?

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Quality and safety is a concern for all pet food manufacturers, but some companies take particular pride manufacturing the food at their own facilities (versus co-manufacturing or manufacturing off-site) in order to uphold these two principles....

READ MORE

Spend Smartly

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Saving money makes sense for certain items, but not when you're talking about skimping on pet food and getting the "cheap" brand. Your pet is wonderful companion and deserves a diet that will help keep him or her healthy for many...

READ MORE

5 Ways to Know Your Pet Food is Worth the Money

Filed Under Nutrition

Skimping on pet food and getting the "cheap" brand is often more trouble than it's worth. So how, then, should you choose? Let's look a few key factors.

VIEW SLIDESHOW

Canine Distemper Rages in Texas

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When I was in veterinary school and learning about canine distemper virus (CDV), the “sound bite” that I filed away in my memory was “respiratory and GI signs in a poorly vaccinated dog — don’t forget distemper.”...

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How to Treat Parvo

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Medications: Most dogs with parvo are treated with fluid therapy, anti-nausea medications, and antibiotics. In severe cases, other medications may be necessary (see below). Diet: Dogs are best able to keep down a bland, highly digestible...

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How to Treat Heartworms in Dogs

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Medications: Dogs are generally treated with three injections of a drug called melarsomine to kill adult heartworms, a heartworm preventative to kill juvenile heartworms, and doxycycline and prednisone to reduce the chances of unwanted side...

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How to Treat Lyme Disease in Dogs

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Medication: Doxycycline is the antibiotic of choice for treating Lyme disease. Other antibiotic options include amoxicillin and erythromycin. If your dog is very uncomfortable, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (e.g., carprofen or deracoxib)...

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Nutrition Questions
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Q. I have been told a high protein diet could help my dogs seizures is there any truth in this please

A. Seizures can be caused by a variety of things such as epilepsy, toxicity, brain lesions...

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