The holidays are just around the corner, consider these tips when getting into ready to celebrate this year. Holiday foods are a tremendous attraction for pets. Be sure they are out of reach and secure. Be careful; too much of a good thing can spoil the celebration for all. Giving sweets containing chocolate, xylitol (an artificial […]
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Processed foods like kibble contain nutrients destroyed by cooking. The heat of cooking destroys heat sensitive enzymes and nutrients. Adding balanced raw foods to the diet improved palatability. Raw foods are generally high in animal fat and protein which make them hard to resist. Rotating raw food ingredients in a pet’s diet generates excitement and […]
Bad Breath: Excessive tartar and plaque provide a home for bad bacteria. Excessive Salivation: Tartar and plaque can irritate the gums. Rubbing at the Mouth: Irritation and discomfort can cause a pet to paw at the mouth. Swelling Around the Mouth: Severe infection can cause swelling. Reluctance to Eat Hard Food: Loose teeth can make […]
Like their large breed counterparts, our small breed pets also have specific needs for optimal nutrition. Smaller breed dogs have higher metabolisms as their heart rates are so much faster. This metabolic rate means that our small breed pets will require more calories to maintain weight and support their, often more active, lifestyles. The best […]
Excessive Itching and Scratching: Food allergies cause the body to react causing irritation. Rubbing around the Face: Cats especially will react by rubbing the face. Sudden Onset Skin Irritation: The allergy may develop from long exposure, but the reaction can begin suddenly. Reoccurring Ear Infections: Chronic, reoccurring inflammation in the ears encourage infection. “Hot Spots”: […]
As pets age, their digestive tract becomes less efficient. Highly digestible, protein focused nutrition is especially important for older dogs and cats. Supplements become more important. Additional vitamins and minerals become more important to assure optimum levels reach the cells of the body. The immune system can struggle with age. Stress can accompany age and […]
Veterinarians estimate that by age 3, many dogs and cats will develop dental disease. Starting early with proper oral hygiene is the best way to prevent problems. A healthy mouth is essential for long-term health. Dental disease has the potential to affect every organ in the body. Proper dental hygiene is as important for pets […]
Increased thirst Diabetic pets often drink more than twice as much as usual. Increase in urination Increased water intake requires more frequent urination of larger quantities of urine. An increase in appetite Wanting more food is a common sign. Weight loss despite eating more Despite eating more there is a steady weight loss and body […]
When it comes to feeding the family, a parent’s goal is to provide healthy and nutritious family favorites in a pleasing variety for everyone. The same is true for the family pets. Filling the bowl with very palatable (pleasing) and nutritious recipes encourages a long, happy, and healthy life for all pets. Traditionally, pets are […]
Digestive problems that occur relatively infrequently (once a month). Vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, excessive gas, growling stomach, and depressed appetite, are often referred to as signs of a sensitive stomach. Most of the time, the issues are frustrating but not dangerous or life-threatening. In light of this, many Guardians have found the nutritional concepts of Traditional […]