Special Ingredient Saturday – Sweet Orange Oil

Special Ingredient Saturday – Sweet Orange Oil

Latin Name: Citrus sinensis Family: Rutaceae Description: Sweet orange oil is extracted from the peel of the orange fruit, which grows from an evergreen tree in tropical and subtropical climates. The oil makes up approximately one percent of the volume of the rind....

Special Ingredient Saturday – Sunflower Seeds

Special Ingredient Saturday – Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of Vitamin E and a good source of B1, manganese, magnesium, copper, selenium, phosphorus, and folate. Sunflower seeds are high in Vitamin E, which have antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals that could otherwise damage...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Clams

Special Ingredient Saturday – Clams

Clams are a quality protein source for your pet that also provides an excellent source of iron. Clams also provide phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.

Fleas & the Impact of Food

Fleas & the Impact of Food

Ever since I learned about the health benefits of feeding real food to pets, I have heard my colleagues discuss the subsequent reduction in external parasites due to this good nutrition. Certainly, I've noticed amazing health benefits - decreased shedding, reduced...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Tomato

Special Ingredient Saturday – Tomato

Tomatoes provide lycopene, an antioxidant that helps to prevent cancerous cell formations. The red coloration of tomatoes is derived from lycopene. Equally nutritious in any form (cooked or raw), unlike most fruits and vegetables, tomatoes actually increase in...

What is the Best Age to Get a Puppy or Kitten Neutered?

What is the Best Age to Get a Puppy or Kitten Neutered?

Oh – I can just feel the controversy in the air rising! Can you? Okay, let’s just get right into it! We’ll tackle dogs first. From the perspective of how small the incision is to how quickly they bounce back from surgery, 3-4 months of age is a great time for this...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Yellow Squash & Zucchini

Special Ingredient Saturday – Yellow Squash & Zucchini

Research studies have found summer squash varieties (yellow, zucchini) to be excellent sources of alpha and beta-carotene (antioxidants). Summer squash is a great source of copper, manganese, Vitamin C, and magnesium. Research has also found that steaming this...

All of the sudden, my dog isn’t eating his food. What should I do?

There are many, many possible causes for this. So, let me go through a few of the most possible. First, how long has it been? If everything else seems to be “normal” with your pet, it’s okay to go up to 24 hours without eating. It’s possible he has the flu. Of course,...

My Dog Licks the Furniture Constantly. What is this About?

My Dog Licks the Furniture Constantly. What is this About?

Oh no! It’s very possible the poor guy has a tummy ache. Maybe his prepared kibble is giving him some acid reflux? But, it could also be a hiatal hernia, which is a weakness of the diaphragm that allows a bubble of stomach to come up into the chest cavity. Humans with...

How Long Does he Have Doc?

How Long Does he Have Doc?

This question is understandable when asked by the pet owner - after all, the pet being discussed is a member of the family. The ability to plan for end of life measures gives the pet owner something tangible to hold on to. However, when...

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