Raw or processed diets for dogs or cats? The subject continues to be a bone of contention.
What are raw food diets?
Raw food diets for pets may consist of raw meat, organs, bones, eggs, fruits, and vegetables. They may be home-prepared or commercially available. Commercial raw food diets can be purchased fresh or frozen. Home-prepared raw diets are variable, depending on the education, availability of ingredients, time, and sanitary processes of the pet owner. ...more
Although feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is rare, affecting only 1.5 to 3 percent of the feline population in the United States, it’s still important to know the basics in case your cat becomes infected. FIV is often confused with feline leukemia virus (FeLV), as it is in the same retrovirus family; they differ in many ways, however....more
Giving your pet the medication he needs at home can seem overwhelming. Here are a few tips and tricks to ease the pain of pilling your pet.
“Sasha doesn’t like pills, but she loves treats.” Get sneaky and hide the pill in a treat! Mix it into peanut butter or yogurt, stick it in cheese or bread, or wrap it in a small piece of deli meat. ...more
Let me start out by introducing all three of my “children”: Bo, the beautiful and determined Australian shepherd mix; Ty, the adorable and silly golden retriever; and Duncan, the handsome and loving yellow Labrador. They were all about the same size and age when they came to live with my husband and me, which was wonderful at first. As they started to age, however, it became difficult to have three senior dogs....more
The proper function of the kidneys is essential to optimal animal health because they filter waste and toxins from the blood, regulate blood pressure, help create new red blood cells, aid in urine production, and regulate vitamin D and calcium levels. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs due to the loss of nephrons, the microscopic units of the kidneys, due to various causes. Although there is no cure for CKD, there are multiple ways to ensure your dog or cat isn’t suffering and has a good quality of life. ...more
As a pet owner, you make important decisions on a daily basis that determine your pet’s health and quality of life. While these decisions may seem small when you make them, they can have significant consequences on your pet’s risk of contracting common diseases. ...more
Do you think you’re speaking your pet’s love language by plying her with all the tasty treats she can eat? If your pet could actually talk to you, she might say that you have a thing or two to learn about finding the way to an animal’s heart.
According to Ernie Ward, DVM, author of Chow Hounds and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, people tend to celebrate special occasions or express their emotions through cakes, ice cream, and champagne. And, because they can’t verbally communicate with their pets, they assume their pets also want to receive love in the form of high-calorie goodies. ...more
Prevent, detect, treat. That’s what your pediatrician is trained to do when you bring your son or daughter in for his or her annual back-to-school physical. Many human health care providers recommend annual wellness exams to prevent and detect any diseases before they get out of control. Veterinarians are trained to do the same when you bring your pet in for her annual exam. Regular preventive care visits for all members of your family are key to ensuring that illness and disease do not sneak by. Your human children receive lifelong care; so why not ensure that every member of your family receives the same care? ...more