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...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Lavender

Special Ingredient Saturday – Lavender

Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia Origin: France Extraction Method: steam distilled from the flowering tops The name ‘lavender’ is derived from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning “to wash”. It has been used for thousands of years for its ability to disinfect, soothe...

What Happened to the Diagnostics?

What Happened to the Diagnostics?

Diagnostic testing is the mainstay of veterinary medicine. Diagnostics are used to determine the underlying cause of illness and suggest the correct path for treatment. Diagnostic testing may include bloodwork, radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, fecal exams,...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Powdered Cellulose

Special Ingredient Saturday – Powdered Cellulose

Recently, clients have asked me to review their food labels and one ingredient has been showing up frequently is powdered cellulose. What the heck it that? This hard to understand definition is put forth by the organization, AAFCO (look on your food bag) that...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Brown Rice

Special Ingredient Saturday – Brown Rice

Brown rice provides a quality source of fiber as well as a great source of other nutrients and phytonutrients. Brown rice is lightly processed (removing only the outermost layer—the hull), allowing it to retain high levels of Vitamin B3, B1, B6, manganese, and...

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