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getting to root of canine food allergies

Does your canine companion have food allergies? An elimination diet will help you determine what the cause of it is. Two decades ago, I prepared an action sheet for a dog rescue organization entitled Out, Out Darn Hot Spot! Back then, it seemed sensitivities and allergies most often presented with smelly ears from yeast and …

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From chia to hemp to sesame seeds — they’re packed with goodness. Give these healthy recipes a try! Seeds may seem small and nondescript, but they’re packed with goodness. Many varieties have become highly popular thanks to their nutritional benefits. Here’s a look at seven of the best, along with some super-simple recipes you can …

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managing your dog's liver shunts

Liver shunts are difficult to diagnose, but it can be managed with nutritional therapy and nutraceuticals. The liver is a busy organ. It performs a long list of important functions in your animal’s body. It acts as a giant filter to remove blood-borne toxins, synthesizes and distributes proteins for use by the body, and stores …

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obesity and other health concerns

Most of our kitties, at some point in their lives, will develop issues such as kidney disease, dental problems, or obesity. The good news is that many of these common conditions are preventable with good nutrition and regular veterinary care. Here’s a look at the top five diseases that cats are susceptible to. 1. Obesity …

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chia seeds

Chia is a super food for for pet Chia is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Now, that says a mouthful. Chia are the seeds from the flowering plant Salvia hispanica native to Mexico and Guatemala. Grown by the Aztecs, historians believe these seeds were as important a food crop as was maize. The seeds …

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These humble, little legumes pack a nutrient punch. Also called chickpeas, garbanzo beans are enjoying immense popularity for providing building blocks that omnivores cannot do without. Garbanzos serve up protein (vital to all aspects of development, including the immune system), lecithin (necessary for cell production) and potassium (essential to heart, muscle, nerve and kidney function). …

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pumpkin

Best known for its use as Halloween jack-o-lanterns or Thanksgiving pie filling, the pumpkin is a fruit that belongs to the same family as melons and cucumbers. All parts of the pumpkin have nutritional value, including the leaves and rinds, which contain protein and fiber and are often used medicinally. Here are 10 ways pumpkin …

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nervous

Many things can affect your dog’s nervous system. Good nutrition helps ensure it continues to do its job properly. When you think about your dog’s health, you might not factor in his nervous system. But maintaining its proper function is very important to his well being. Your dog’s nervous system evolved to match the environment …

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vitalife healthy treats

Choose healthy treats for your dog, because it’s important to make sure you’re giving your companion something that’s nutritious, as well as tasty. Most commercial treats are little more than junk food for dogs. They might smell, taste and look delicious, but they lack nutritional value. Most treats on shelves usually contain artificial flavorings, colours, …

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urate stones

Some breeds are more susceptible to this than others. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your best friend from urate stones. Good urinary tract health is crucial to your dog’s overall well being, happiness and longevity. A number of issues and diseases can affect this part of his “plumbing”, and among these are …

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Find out what causes Pancreatitis and how it can be treated and prevented. I first became aware of the pancreas when I was working as a technician during my college days. While assisting with exploratory surgery in a canine patient, the veterinary surgeon took me on a visual tour of the abdominal organs. “Don’t even …

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Janice Gunn’s obedience partner is a six-year-old golden retriever named Billie. Together, they have choreographed their way to perfect 200 scores in both Canada and the United States. Last December, they were among the contenders at the American Kennel Club National Obedience Invitational (NOI), a prestigious event that is to the obedience world what the …

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food sensitivity

A food sensitivity can manifest in several ways but the solution is simple – a better quality diet. Does your dog have a “sensitive” stomach? Does she react badly to certain foods? Is she itchy year round? Do you think she might have a food allergy or sensitivity? Given the hundreds of different ingredients used …

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grains

Should you feed grains to your companion or not? It depends on the type, and whether it’s whole or not. In your quest for a healthy diet for your dog or cat, you’ve probably come up against the grain controversy more than once. Should your animal eat grains or not? Which ones should be avoided, and …

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food

Food scoring system that can help rate your dog’s nutrition and ultimately make the best dietary choices for your companion. What’s the food score? How does your dog’s food rate in terms of good nutrition? Use this scoring system to help you make the best dietary choices for your companion. You want to feed your dog the …

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camel milk

It’s still relatively new to North Americans, but camel’s milk is a highly nutritious food that’s showing promise as a healing therapy for dogs. Think of camels and you probably think of the desert. These humped dromedaries are well adapted to dry, harsh environments, and have been traditionally used as desert transportation for centuries. But …

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diet

When your dog develops cancer and will need the proper medicine, diet and supplements can play a key role in preventing and treating the disease. No one wants to hear the “C” word from their veterinarian. Unfortunately, canine cancer is an increasingly common health issue, and just as the causes are complex, so are the …

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puppy

When feeding your puppy, the right diet and balance of nutrients is critical for proper development and the prevention of health problems in adulthood. Adopting a puppy is exciting. You want to do the best for your new friend, and that includes feeding him properly. This is important with any pup, but large breed dogs …

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cat weight raised feeders

Did you know that more than 50% of cats are overweight? Weight issues can have some serious health consequences for your kitty, such as diabetes, reduced activity levels, struvite crystals, poor grooming habits, depression, and even a decreased lifespan. A cat that’s at a healthy weight will have a visible waist behind her ribs. You should …

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glutathione

The glutathione antioxidant is a tiny but powerful nutrient that is vital to your dogs cell health, liver function and immunity. Mention antioxidants, and most people think of vitamin C or beta carotene. But there are other, less commonly known antioxidants that are even more important to overall health and well being. One of these is …

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protein

“My poodle, Lilly, is a finicky eater and gets tired of things fast,” says Emma. “I have to constantly rotate her foods, or she just turns her nose up.” To complicate matters, Lilly is allergic to beef, which limits the menu even more. Or at least it did before Emma discovered that beef, chicken, turkey …

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treats

A simple plan for home-baked treats for your dog can be adapted to accommodate health issues such as arthritis, cancer or diabetes. We are all different, with our own strengths, needs and health issues. And so are our dogs. It’s not unusual for me to receive a couple of requests a week from people who …

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Poinsettias, amaryllis, mistletoe and holly… these and others are favorites for festive decor. But which ones are toxic to your dog — and which aren’t? The holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without festive plants and greenery. Whether it’s a Christmas tree in the living room or a poinsettia on your dining room sideboard, their colors and …

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pet food nutrition protein

Help your older buddy stay healthy and live a longer life by feeding him right and keeping his weight down with these simple nutrition tips. When I first saw Casey, a 12-year-old cocker spaniel, she wasn’t a pretty picture. She had poor nutrition, was overweight with no energy and a smelly, greasy coat. She’d even stopped …

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multivitamin

A young, healthy dog on a high quality diet probably doesn’t need a daily multivitamin. But there are times when such supplementation is necessary. Here’s what to look for when choosing a product. Melissa takes a daily multivitamin. Lately, she’s been wondering if her dog should also be taking one. “I try to feed him …

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arthritis

Medications aren’t only way to manage arthritis. From chondroitin to yucca, these nutraceuticals can work on many levels to relieve discomfort and improve mobility. If you have arthritis, or know someone who does, you’ll recognize how miserable and debilitating it can be. Like us, many companion animals also develop arthritis as they age. The discomfort …

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liver

Cats are famous for being finicky, but if they stop eating altogether, they can develop feline hepatic lipidosis. Here’s what’s you need to know about this serious liver condition. I had never heard of feline hepatic lipidosis, a liver condition, before Cleo got sick. She’d always had a healthy appetite and I never had cause …

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dog dishes dog food

The good news is there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to healthy premium foods. But that can make deciding where to begin more than a little bewildering. This dog food checklist will get you started. Penny has just adopted a new dog from her local shelter. He’s a young shepherd mix, about eight …

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pet food nutrition protein

How much protein is too much? Should my dog be eating carbohydrates? Education and moderation are important keys to balancing your companion’s diet. Many of us have lifestyles that leave little time to cater to even our own dietary needs, let alone those of our dogs. But, it’s still possible to rustle up good, balanced …

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Muscle health for athletic dogs.

Muscle health and fitness in canine athletes involves a multi-pronged approach encompassing everything from nutrition and exercise to massage and chiropractic. Any athlete can tell you the importance of muscle health when it comes to optimizing performance. The same applies to dogs. Whether your companion is a hardcore flyball athlete, an agility champ or a …

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A dog with healthy skin and coat.

Keep your companion’s skin and coat looking and feeling good with these power-packed whole foods. Back in the early 1980s, I was introduced to a little terracotta pot and a bag of seeds. The idea was to soak the pot in water, sprinkle it with seeds, and in what seemed like no time at all, …

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18 Fight fat with diet and exercise – slimming solutions for your animal 22 Survival techniques for bathing a cat – it can be a calm experience 32 Today's premium foods combine convenience with quality 37 Top ten fruits and veggies – add these power-packed foods 44 How do you choose the best protein for …

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