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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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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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Is it Acid Reflux or Indigestion?

I remember 30 years ago we all used the word “indigestion” to refer to heartburn or stomach pain. With the advent of scientific research, we coined the phrase “acid reflux” and quickly people were using it interchangeably with “indigestion”. While the first line of treatment options for both conditions is the same – dietary or lifestyle changes, antacids or…

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The Use and Abuse of Probiotics

Yes; I love probiotics! My co-author, Diana Laverdure, and I consider them to be a functional superfood. As many of you know, probiotics are microorganisms, or “good” bacteria that provide beneficial effects to humans and animals, including preventing the overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut, improving gastrointestinal health, and delaying or preventing the onset of food sensitivities. Recent…

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Commercial Raw Diets and Food Sensitivities

It’s true that the health and vigor of dogs and cats fed raw diets “shine” in all respects. Commercial raw diets generally have less ingredients, less additives compared to kibbles, more organic ingredients, and more responsibly sourced meat proteins. Raw food absorbability is also greater and it is less processed. It has also been postulated…

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