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Nutrition Center - Tips

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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The last place my husband and I lived was a quiet residential community that was sometimes not so quiet, thanks to me. Although the veterinary office where I worked at the time was north of where we lived, we were an ambulatory practice, meaning...

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6. Remain Patient

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Puppy teething is a rite of passage that all puppy parents must endure, but with the right equipment and attitude it can be a lot less painful!

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5. Buy Quality Dog Food

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Make sure to feed your puppy a balanced diet that supports controlled growth and dental health. Quality dog foods that contain a whole named protein, like chicken, and have a mix of vitamins and minerals, including calcium for strong bones tooth...

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4. Try Frozen Goodies

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Frozen goodies can also help a teething puppy. You can fill your puppy’s hard rubber toys with peanut butter and freeze them, or invest in a teething toy that can be wet like a sponge and frozen. A low-cost alternative is to wet and freeze...

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3. Provide Appropriate Chewing Outlets

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Puppies need to have a variety of appropriate chewing outlets. Although plush dog toys are cute, they don’t last long enough to provide the teething puppy the type of resistance his sore gums require. Hard rubber dog toys are ideal, particularly...

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2. Teach Your Puppy ‘Gentle Mouth’

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Puppies quickly learn that they get a reaction when they bite, whether it’s from their littermates or from their human caregivers. It hurts! Teaching your new puppy the importance of a gentle mouth is an important lesson. When your puppy...

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1. Puppy Proof Your Home

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You should creatively puppy proof your home in anticipation of your puppy’s increased need to chew. Pick up anything on the ground that could be a teething target. That includes obvious items like shoes, socks and low garbage bins, as...

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5 Ways to Help with Puppy Teething

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By Victoria Shade, CPDT-KA Next to potty training, the puppy teething phase is one of the most challenging periods of puppyhood. A puppy’s drive to nibble, chew and bite can lead to a household full of destruction and bruised body parts....

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New Puppy Training Tips: Caring for a Teething Puppy

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Next to potty training, the puppy teething phase is one of the most challenging periods of puppyhood. Here are 5 dog trainer-approved tips to get through it with minimal damage.

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What Does it Mean When Your Doctor Makes 'Rounds'?

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Medicine is full of peculiar terminology; the language spoken by doctors is unfamiliar to non-medically trained individuals.Even those of us entrenched in the healthcare field become bogged down by confusing acronyms, four and five syllable...

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What You Need to Know About the Protein in Your Pet’s Food

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Your pet food does not contain the meat that you think it does. And it does not contain the amount of meat you think it does. That is because the official definition of “meat” for pet food is different from your perception of “meat.” The...

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Planning for Your Pet's Preventive Care Exam

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Spring is a busy time for veterinarians. For the large animal folks out there, spring means calving/lambing/foaling season (take a look at Dr. O'Brien’srelated and hilarious postif you haven’t already). In small animal...

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Your Cat's Food Obsession May Be a Mental Disorder

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

My cat, Victoria, is going bonkers. I just changed the type of canned food I’m giving herand she obviously loves it. After she’s eaten a mealshe simultaneously meows and licks her lips, producing an odd, garbled sound. It seems to...

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Listen With Your Eyes to Tell if Your Pet is in Pain

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Six months agoI injured my back while attempting to train for a half marathon. I pushed through for a couple of months as I fell further and further behind my training buddies, until finally it occurred to me that needing to stop every couple...

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Honey is Great For Wound Care... But Which Honey?

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A recent study from researchers at the University of Glasgow demonstrated that various types of honey have antimicrobial action and were effective in inhibiting growth of bacteria commonly found in equine leg wounds. Honey as an antiseptic agent...

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Have You Eaten Your Frog Today?

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On the art of procrastination, Mark Twain said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Fortunately, Mr. Twain wasn’t actually asking you to make a slimy,...

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Mom Transmits ‘Bad’ Bacteria Along with the Good to Her Young

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The lining of the intestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus, is actually outside of the body! Is this true? Yes, think of the digestive tract as a hose extending from the mouth to the anus. Everything inside the hose is actually outside of...

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Primal Pet Foods Issues Recall of Raw Cat Food

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Primal Pet Foods, a California-based pet food manufacturer,has announced the voluntary recall of a single lot of Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Cat Food due to reports of low thiamine levels in the food. According to a department release, the...

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Free Eye Exams for Service Animals Through May

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Do you have a service animal or know someone who does? If so, you probably know how devastating it would be if the animal was to lose its eyesight. To “preserve the sight of those who serve us all selflessly” is a primary...

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How to Best Treat Arthritis in Dogs

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By Ashley Gallagher, DVM Arthritis is one of the most common ailments affecting dogs, especially middle aged to senior dogs. Whether the dog is large or small, arthritis can be a source of chronic pain and negatively affect their quality...

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Bladder Stones in Dogs: What are Signs and How to Best Treat Them

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM Some of the most dramatic X-rays I’ve ever shown clients are those that reveal the presence of large stones in the bladder of a dog. Up until they see the X-rays, many of these folks are a little annoyed...

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When Pregnancy is Toxic

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Pregnancy ain’t no joke, folks. It’s tough. Just imagine what a female’s body is asked to do: carry around a fetus (or two, or three, depending on what species of farm animal you are) for months at time while it gets bigger...

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Is Beneful Dog Food Dangerous? U.S. Senators Want FDA to Investigate

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Two U.S. senators are urging the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to open an investigation into the allegations that Nestle Purina PetCare Company’s Beneful dry kibble dog food contains toxins that may have killed thousands of dogs. The...

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats: Monitoring Nutrition is Essential

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM Cats are living longer – a full year longer when compared to 2002*. This is both something to celebrate and be cautious of. Senior health conditions such as kidney disease are becoming more prominent. And...

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Nutrition Questions
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Q. My pet is overweight, what should I look for in a food?

A. There are many therapeutic food options available. These foods have been formulated...

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Q. How does Hill's Metabolic Advance weight solution food work?

A. Hill's Pet Nutrition uses the most advanced technologies to understand how nutrients...

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Q. My cat will not eat the renal food my veterinarian recommended, can I feed a grocery store food?

A. Your veterinarian recommended a therapeutic kidney diet because it has ingredients...

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