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Purebred Vs. Mixed Breed Dog Health

In June 2013, the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association published a study called “Prevalence of inherited disorders among mixed-breed and purebred dogs: 27,254 cases (1995–2010)” that was compiled by The University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UC Davis). The researchers searched all of UC Davis’ medical records for confirmed diagnoses of inheritable diseases…

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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs and Cats

    We would like to thank Olesia Kennedy of EPI4Dogs Foundation for her assistance with this article, the photos, and tireless dedication to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. I encourage everyone to visit EPI4Dogs.com. Don’t be intimidated by the title. The basics of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) are easy to understand. However,…

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Tail Docking Dogs – A Controversial Topic

    This article and my position may upset some people. Tail docking should not be an animal rights issue, it is a medical issue. I encourage everyone to read completely before forming an opinion. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and several well-known veterinarians oppose the practice of tail…

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Case Study on Endocrine Disorders

“Jade” T, a Portuguese Water Dog (PWD), first experienced health problems at 5 months of age. She had developed the atypical form of Addison’s disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder known to occur in this breed, and caused by progressive immunologic destruction of the adrenal glands. At the same time she experienced inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)…

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The White Potatoes: Buy smart for optimum health

For more information on the difference between sweet potatoes and white potatoes, please visit my previous blog article, “Sweet Potatoes vs. White Potatoes: What is the difference for your pet?”  Many people question why our kidney and liver cleansing diets contain white potatoes even though they rank high on the glycemic index. The reason is…

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Tiptoeing from Treats into Home Cooking for Pets

I often hear from frustrated clients who are unable to find a commercial pet food that does not contain an ingredient or ingredients to which their pet may react. This is definitely a shortcoming from an industry that provides an abundance of choices. My suggestion is always to home cook and freeze meals for a…

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Vitamins and Minerals – Supplementation and Overdoing It

Vitamins and minerals supplementation is a precise science as it depends upon a delicate balance between appropriate amounts versus the potential for deficiency or toxicity. This is particularly important regarding calcium and phosphorus, which Diana Laverdure and I discuss at length in our book, Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum…

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