Category: Nutrition

Lectins: The Least Understood Hot Nutritional Topic These Days

Lectins are among the hot nutritional topics these days thatneed a dose of reality. Some people are touting “Avoid!” Other people respond, “Impossible.” I am firmly in the second camp; we need lectins. So, before discussing them, let’s put them in perspective. In life, we hope to simplify decision-making into black or white outcomes. Indeed,…

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Top 10 Facts on Nutrition

1. Nutrition is the key to a healthy immune system and resistance to disease.2. Provide variety of whole, nutrient dense foods for health and longevity.3. Feed species appropriate diets; needed not just to survive but thrive.4. True food allergies rare; food intolerances common. Food elimination trials poorly followed.5. Dogs have become obligate omnivores; genome evolved…

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Homemade and Commercial Diets for Dogs with Health Conditions

This article is prefaced by some background review. First, six different processing steps pertain todog and cat foods: Raw – Consists of one or more animal or bird meats, organ meats, some bone, fish, and vegetables given in their raw state. The majority of nutrients — such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, and…

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Hairballs: Chronic Conditions and Prevention

Pet caregivers seem to have become accustomed to thinking that hairballs are the status quo for cats. It is true that many cats spend several hours per day grooming themselves and that can lead to a build-up of indigestible keratin (the insoluble protein in hair).  Veterinarians may only become concerned when the situation is a…

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Thanksgiving Tips for Pets

With the Thanksgiving hustle and bustle just a few days away, I wish you a healthy and happy time with friends and family. The last thing you need is to stress over your pet and the bounty of food around, so I thought providing a few general tips and reminders would be useful. Friends &…

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Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy for Dogs and Cats

Immunotherapy has been the buzzword these days especially with the recent breakthroughs in human cancer therapy. In actuality, the concept and some applications of immunotherapy have been around for a couple hundred years like vaccines, as the definition indicates: “A type of biological therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to…

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