Nutrition Center - Diet tips

How You Can Help Vets and Wildlife Rescues Save Animals in Australia

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The wildfires in Australia are having an absolutely devastating effect on humans and animals alike. According to CNN, over 17.9 million acres of land have been scorched by the fires—which is an area larger than the countries of Belgium...

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Can Benadryl Help With Dog Anxiety?

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While some sources of dog stress are chronic in nature, such as separation anxiety, many are temporary and situational. Thunderstorms, fireworks, and even holiday gatherings can be stressful for dogs. For these short-lived events, what...

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Dog Blood Types and Dog Blood Donation

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Is there really such thing as a blood transfusion for dogs? Yes, dogs suffering from severe blood loss or blood diseases can receive blood transfusions from another healthy dog to help them recover. But matching them up is a little more...

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When to Start Training a Puppy

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Reviewed for accuracy on January 9, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Training a new puppy involves more than just teaching “sit,” “down,” and “come.” Puppies are constantly processing everything around...

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Why Do Dogs Bark?

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Recent research shows that the domesticating of dogs began between 20,000-40,000 years ago. In that period of time, dogs have learned how to understand large vocabularies, compound sentences, and upwards of 1,000 words if trained properly. Like...

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Can Dogs Have Panic Attacks?

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Anticipating a fearful or negative experience with certain people, objects, animals, or situations can lead to anxiety. But when does anxiety veer into panic? Can dogs have panic attacks? Here’s everything you need to know about...

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Fungal Infections

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Yeast organisms (fungi) are also normally found on your dog’s paws, but an underlying condition can cause them to multiply and cause problems. Licking excessively is common with many types of infections that need treatment from...

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Toenail Injuries

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Nails that are not trimmed properly or naturally worn down by walking outside can become painful ingrown toenails. Your vet can treat them with antibiotics and pain medication, but severely ingrown nails might have to be surgically resected,...

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Ringworm

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Ringworm is a fungus that’s contracted from direct contact with infected animals, soil (think dog parks) or other objects such as dog beds. Ringworm can infect your dog’s feet, and it’s not actually a worm. “It can look...

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Did You Know that UPS Drivers Have a Facebook Group to Share Pics of the Dogs They Spot?

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Every animal lover can admit that they get a little excited when they spot a dog out in public. I mean, there’s a whole Facebook group called Dogspotting, which is specifically dedicated to documenting said encounters. Well...

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A Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of Special Kitty Wet, Canned Cat Food Has Been Issued Due to Health Concerns

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Company:The J.M. Smucker Company Brand Name:Special Kitty Wet, Canned Cat Food Recall Date:12/5/2019 Recalled Products: Product:Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner Pate (5.5 oz. metal can) UPC Code:681131078962 Lot...

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Gastrointestinal Disorders

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GI problems can lead to weight loss over time. Excessive vomiting and/or diarrhea decrease the amount of available nutrients for your pet. Both signs can result from a variety of causes, so it’s best to talk to your veterinarian,...

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Metabolic Disorders

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Metabolic disorders, such as diabetes mellitus and hypoadrenocorticism (also known as Addison’s disease), can alter your pet’s body condition. The clinical signs associated with metabolic conditions are complex, and advanced...

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What’s the Best Food for Dogs With Sensitive Stomachs?

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Gastrointestinal (GI) upset or digestive issues are not uncommon in dogs. Signs such as intermittent vomiting, loose stools and excessive gas can be caused by a variety of things. Some dogs develop digestive issues because their diet...

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What to Feed a Cat With a Sensitive Stomach

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Does your cat have a sensitive stomach? Do they consistently vomit or cough up hairballs? Believe it or not, hairballs aren’t normal for cats; their bodies are made to pass the hair that they ingest from grooming. So these could...

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What’s the Best Dog Food for Weight Gain?

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Overweight pets seem to get all the press these days, but what about dogs on the other side of the spectrum? Some dogs have trouble keeping their weight up at a healthy level or have recently lost weight (due to illness, for example) and need...

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What to Feed a Cat for Weight Gain

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When veterinarians talk about a cat’s weight, it’s usually focused on feline obesity. While obesity is a prominent health issue among cats, many cats are also struggling with being underweight. And similar to losing weight,...

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What’s the Average Healthy Cat Weight?

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In 2018, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) classified obesity as a disease, with 59.5% of cats being clinically overweight or obese. Carrying excess weight makes your cat much more likely to develop diabetes, urinary...

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Try a Puzzle Feeder

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Even small changes can improve your pet’s day-to-day life. To easily engage your dog or cat, spice up mealtime with a puzzle feeder, says Jessica Gore, CPDT-KA, a certified professional trainer in the Los Angeles area. “Puzzle...

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How to Calculate Your Dog’s Healthy Weight

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A wide range of body sizes and types exist among dog breeds, which makes it hard to determine the “average” dog weight. For example, the graceful Greyhound and the short-legged Basset Hound may both weigh 60 pounds, but these two...

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How Much Does a Cat Teeth Cleaning Cost?

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Whether your veterinarian has told you that your cat needs a teeth cleaning or you are just being proactive about your cat’s oral health, you have probably wondered what’s involved in the procedure and how much it’s going to...

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Stitches the Cat Becomes Resident Therapy Animal At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

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It’s no longer uncommon to see Golden Retrievers or Labradors wondering around airports providing busy travelers with a moment of calmness. Therapy dogs have become a part of airport strategies to help people cope with the chaos of...

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7 Safety Tips for Your Puppy’s First Christmas

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Reviewed for accuracy on November15, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Nothing brings on the holly jollies like sharing the celebrations with a new puppy. However, it’s important to remember that puppies are as mischievous as...

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What Is a Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy?

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Veterinarians prescribe everything from antibiotics to parasite preventatives and anti-seizure medications on a daily basis. But what happens if none of the available drug options are appropriate for your pet’s unique condition,...

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How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have, and Can They Lose Them?

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Do dogs have the same number of teeth as we do? Do they lose “puppy teeth” just like we lose our baby teeth? Here’s a breakdown of how many teeth dogs have as puppies and adults, and whether it’s normal for them...

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