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Farm Smells: The Good, the Bad, and the Stinky

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Close your eyes for a minute. Imagine yourself in a barn. What do you smell? Hay? Corn? Molasses? Manure? What about in a vet clinic? The tangy smell of iodine, perhaps? My job as a large animal vet takes me to lots of different locations,...

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Feline Hyperthyroid Diets Are Safe for Healthy Cats, Too

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Hyperthyroidism is the most common hormonal abnormality in cats. Traditional treatments included radioactive iodine treatment to inactivate the tumor cells that cause excess secretion of thyroid hormone, or medication to suppress hormone secretion....

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Cat Not Eating? Maybe Your Pet Food Smells or Tastes Bad

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Is your cat a "picky eater"? It can be frustrating and expensive trying out different cat food brands just to find something she likes. Fortunately, there is a way to help make the right choice. While many cats will readily...

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Should I Give My Cat Supplements?

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By Ashley Gallagher, DVM Vitamins and supplements found at health stores and pharmacies are all the rage these days — from multivitamins to specialty supplements that are designed to support specific bodily functions. So does that...

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Cat Scratching? Here's How Pet Food Can Help

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You're probably tired of seeing your cat constantly scratch, bite, or lick herself? But take comfort, you're not alone in dealing with the issue and there are often things that can be done to help. One possible key: cat food. What...

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Allowing for Dignified Death is as Important as Prolonging a Pet's Life

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When faced with a diagnosis of cancer, invariably the most consistent concern owners have is being assured of maintaining their pets' quality of life. Though they may have trouble with articulation and stumble over word choice, I know they...

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The AVMA's Cancer in Animals brochure has more information and links on cancer in pets, as well as guidelines for veterinary hospice care. We also have our own in-house veterinary oncologist, Dr. Joanne Intile, DVM, DACVIM, who has...

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New Heart Disease Drug for Dogs Works for Cats, Too

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Pimobendan is a relatively new drug here in the United States, but it is rapidly becoming a standard part of treating congestive heart failure (CHF) resulting from some types of heart disease in dogs. Little research has been done into its potential...

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Dog Scratching? Here's How Pet Food Can Help

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Does your dog constantly scratch, bite, or lick himself? As frustrating as it may be, take comfort in knowing that you're not alone in dealing with the issue and there are often things that can be done to help. One possible key: dog food. What...

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6 Nutrients in Pet Food that Can Harm Your Cat

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Sick Cat? See if Your Pet Food Has the Right Amount of these 6 Nutrients By Lorie Huston, DVM Cats are just like people when it comes to food — they need a diet that is rich in nutrients. But be careful. There are some essential...

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6 Nutrients in Pet Food that Can Harm Your Dog

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Sick Dog? Check to See if Your Pet Food Has the Right Amount of these 6 Nutrients By Lorie Huston, DVM Just like people, when it comes to food dogs need a diet that is rich in nutrients. There are, however, some essential ingredients...

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Dog Not Eating? Maybe Your Pet Food Smells or Tastes Bad

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Some say dogs will eat anything, but that isn't always the case. Even worse, it can be expensive trying out different dog food brands before figuring out what your "picky eater" likes. Well, it may not be as complicated as you...

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6. Broccoli

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Broccoli is a good source of vitamins C and K as well as vitamin A, folate, manganese, and fiber. It is another low calorie food that is a safe choice for most dogs.

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5. Peas

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Peas contain a number of nutrients, including vitamin K, C, B1, A, B6, B3, and B2, as well as manganese, fiber, folate, phosphorus, protein, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, and potassium. They are also a relatively low-calorie food with high...

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4. Green Beans

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Green beans are another safe vegetable that can be found in dog food. They are a good source of manganese, fiber, and vitamins C, K, and A. Additionally, green beans are low in calories and are, like carrots, a good choice for those pets that...

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3. Carrots

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Carrots are a good source of beta-carotene as well as a number of other vitamins and nutrients. They are also low in calories, which is why they are often used in dog food or as healthy treats.

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2. Potatoes

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Like sweet potatoes, potatoes are a carbohydrate-rich food that is great for providing extra energy. However, it's important that potatoes—like any other food or ingredient—be included as a balanced part of the diet. Adding additional...

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1. Sweet Potatoes

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These sweet spuds are often added to pet foods and treats because they are a good source of carbohydrates as well as fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Sweet potatoes can also provide extra energy so that the proteins...

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6 Nutritious Vegetables Found in Dog Food

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By Lorie Huston, DVM Veggies are a top food group for people, but do they have value for pets? Of course they do! Here’s a list of some of the best vegetables to look for in dog foods today.

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Does Your Dog Food Have these 6 Vegetables?

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Veggies are a top food group for people, but do they have value for pets? Of course they do! Here’s a list of some of the best vegetables to look for in dog foods today.

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5. Create a Stress-Free Environment for Your Cat

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Cats are just as susceptible to stress and anxiety as we are. Even worse, stress can affect your cat’s health negatively, manifesting itself in a variety of ways, including illnesses like cystitis and inappropriate elimination. Doing the...

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4. Play Games and Exercise with Your Cat Regularly

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According to the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention, more than half of our cats are either overweight or obese, which can lead to a host of health issues, including arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. Promote healthy...

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3. Use Treats Wisely

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If used correctly, treats can be a great asset. However, it's best to only provide healthy treats and to keep them in moderation when compared to the rest of your cat's diet. According to Dr. T.J. Dunn, Jr., "Treats should not make...

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2. Buy Quality Cat Food

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Nutrition is vital to the health and wellbeing of a cat. That's why you should settle for nothing less than the best cat food for your cat. Not sure which cat food is the best? Consult your veterinarian to choose a high quality, complete...

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1. Visit Your Vet Regularly

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Annual checkups are probably the best way you can help your cat fend off unwanted illnesses. These exams will allow your veterinarian to more easily spot problems at their earliest stages, when they can often be handled simply and cost effectively....

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nutrition Questions

  • Q: Are natural ingredients the most important element in a dog food?

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  • Q: Can I still give my overweight cat treats?

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  • Q: What quality control measures should pet food manufacturers use to assure the quality of their product?

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