Lyme and pancreatitis.

Because my clinics are located in a rural setting, ticks (and lyme) are a problem for us. Some of my clients live in what I un-affectionately call, tick central. Even though they use monthly tick prevention, it has become less effective. Consider switching tick prevention products, as new ones become available, just to keep the products working.

Conventional wisdom says once your dog tests positive for lyme, he will always test positive. I do not find that to be the case. For the clients I can convince of the beauty of real food, food plus herbal treatment eventually leads to test negative dogs. Now, for people committed to doing the same old thing… yes, their dogs always test positive and many become ill as a result.

Pancreatitis. Here’s a funny thing: we learn in veterinary school that people food is the cause of pancreatitis in dogs. But I’m a huge advocate of people food – so how can that be?

It’s the fat content. Dogs aren’t meant to eat food as fatty as humans eat. (We aren’t meant to either, but that’s not my species!) So, sharing a huge Thanksgiving dinner with Fido, when Fido is only 20 pounds, is asking for pancreatitis. But, a little turkey, some plain sweet potatoes and a few green beans — in the right portion for Fido’s size? THIS is perfection – healthy and delicious.

Some dogs get pancreatitis because they are low on pancreatic digestive enzymes. This can be genetic or from having had pancreatic problems before. These dogs do great with digestive supplements.

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