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  • Selecting a Puppy or Older Dog

    Selecting A Puppy A new puppy can be a terrific addition to a family, but with the fun comes responsibility for its care and well-being. Consider and prepare for your puppy's needs before you adopt! Pick a puppy that is active, friendly, and inquisitive. Avoid the one that appears to be afraid of everything

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  • Caring for Your Older Pet

    Many of the same problems that affect people as they age, such as arthritis and diabetes, can also affect your pet. Making a few changes to the way you care for your furry friend will help you ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy as the years go by. Look for Common Signs of Illness Changes

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  • Calcium is Not Always Good

    Does Your Pet Need a Calcium Pill? If your pet is eating a good quality, balanced diet, pets very rarely need a calcium supplement. If the food has been formulated according to Association of American Food Control Officials (AAFCO) standards, there should be an appropriate amount of calcium for

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  • Is Your Pet Overweight?

    Packing on the pounds is just as dangerous for your pet as it is for you. Being overweight or obese can lead to many of the same health problems whether you are a human, dog or cat. Luckily, with your help, your furry friend can easily lose that excess weight and enjoy a healthier, happier life with your help.

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  • What is a Raw Diet?

    Raw diets offer an alternative to commercially prepared pet food and can be a good choice for some pets. Serving raw foods offer a variety of benefits, although the diet isn't appropriate for every cat or dog. Why Offer Raw Food? Commercially available pet food often contains preservatives or chemicals

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  • Why Your Guinea Pig Needs Vitamin C But Your Dog Doesn't

    Scurvy: A deficiency of Vitamin C causes a syndrome called scurvy. Symptoms include bleeding and bruising. There is poor healing and decreased immunity. Animals are commonly anemic and may have loose teeth. We all need to eat a complete and balanced diet. We feed our dogs and cats food

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  • Why Pet Nutrition Matters

    How to Pick the Right Food for Your Pet With an almost overwhelming number of food choices in today’s pet superstores, choosing the right food for your pet can be a challenge. Your veterinarian can help. Ask your veterinarian the following: • How much food should I feed my pet each day?

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  • What is in Your Pets' Food?

    Is the Pet Food Label Helpful? The pet food label can still be helpful, just not for the ingredient list. The most important thing to look for is a statement that says " this food is formulated according to AAFCO standards and has had feeding trials." AAFCO stands for the Association of American

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  • Pet Weight Critical to Wellness of Cats and Dogs

    Easy Choices to Help Maintain Healthy Pet Weight Your dog's or cat's body weight plays a vital role in its well being. Overall good health is important to your pet living its best life possible. You can take small steps to move your pet to better health with each bite and bit of playtime. Eliminate

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  • Pet Food Safety Measures to Avoid Health Complications

    Food Safety Measures to Avoid Health Complications Wellness visits to your veterinarian must be consistent so your pet's health and eating habits may be regularly monitored. Inadequate nutrient-packed portions, spoiled foods or overfeeding can have health complications. When talking with your

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  • Pet Food Allergies? The Rules for a Pet Food Trial Have Changed

    Food allergies are common in dogs and cats. It usually manifests as itchy skin, chronic vomiting, or diarrhea. If you suspect that your pet may have a food allergy, you will need to investigate by performing a food trial. There are no intradermal skin tests or blood tests that are valid for determining

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  • Obesity in Dogs

    Is Your Dog Overweight? If your dog is overweight, talk to your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can recommend an ideal weight range for your dog and help formulate a safe and effective weight loss plan. Begin by evaluating your dog’s food. Check the label; has it been formulated according

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  • Nutrition Terms

    Terms that have no defined meaning on pet food labels: 3.1.1.Holistic3.1.2.Human grade3.1.3.Human quality3.1.4.Premium3.1.5.Super Premium3.1.6.Gourmet As pets have become more important to their owners, what the pets are fed has become more important as well. Most pet owners are concerned

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  • How Safe is Your Dog’s Food?

    My dog’s food was recalled – what should I do now? 1. Immediately stop feeding your dog the recalled food; save a small sample of the food and the barcode label in case government regulators need to test the food. 2. Disinfect everything, including your dog’s food bowl, food storage container

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  • Foods to Avoid for Pets on Low Sodium Diets

    Pets afflicted with heart failure or high blood pressure should not be fed salty foods, as they cause fluid to be retained in the body and make it harder for the heart to work. They also can lead to fluid developing in the lungs (pulmonary edema). Most commercial dog foods have a decent level of sodium,

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  • Food Allergies

    Did You Know? If you pet is obese or carrying extra weight, it can: 1. Increase the risk of heart disease by forcing the heart to work harder. 2. Increase the risk of arthritis as extra weight can stress the joints, cause joint pain, and make it harder for your pet to move around comfortably. 3.Cause

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