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Green Bananas vs. Ripe Bananas for Dogs and Horses

Are you wondering why a veterinarian is writing on the difference between green bananas and ripe bananas?  Well, dogs and horses can and do eat bananas, which are rich in the minerals potassium and magnesium, as well as folate, a B vitamin. Clearly, we can all feel a texture and taste difference between green and…

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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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AAHA Vaccination Guidelines 2017 for Dogs Review

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recently released its latest vaccination guidelines for dogs. The association’s primary vaccination protocol has been slightly changed since the last revision in 2011. These updates, while not readily apparent, are still significant. Before we delve into those changes, let’s review the core vaccination protocol compared to the one I…

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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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Coronavirus Vaccine for Dogs

There are two significant strains of canine coronavirus (the respiratory group 2 strain, and the enteric group 1 strain) produce vastly different symptoms. The canine respiratory coronavirus (CRCoV) is a part of the kennel cough complex and is spread in kennel-like situations where dogs have high contact with one another or infected surfaces. It is…

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Dramatic Differences Between Adenoviruses in Dogs

Several strains of adenovirus exist, but two clinically significant adenovirus types have been identified in dogs: adenovirus type 1 (CAV-1) and adenovirus type 2 (CAV-2). Interestingly, these two adenoviruses are spread similarly, but the resulting diseases are vastly different.   Both adenoviruses are spread from dog-to-dog interactions through infected respiratory secretions or contact with contaminated…

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