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The Rise of Raw Food Diets Is Having Fatal Consequences, Vets Warn

Veterinarians are warning pet owners that hastily switching to a raw food diet could have fatal consequences. The raw feeding trend emerged about four or five years ago and has since spread all over the world, thanks in no small part to the Internet. Subscribers of this diet feed their dogs or cats only raw […]

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Fresh Water – Pets Like it Better!

Does your cat drink “fresh water” from the tap? Dog prefer the toilet bowl’s “fresh water”? As strange as it may seem, there is a physiological reason why our pets like fresh water…even though we might not think that toilet water is fresh!!! In nature, moving water is cleaner, has fewer bacteria than stagnant water. Moving […]

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Food Therapy for Senior Pets – Updated

 “When treating an illness, the first step should be dietary therapy.  Only when this is unsuccessful should one try drugs..” –Sun Si Miao Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) Food therapy is practiced by TCVM practitioners as another tool to help their patients along with acupuncture and herbal therapy.  Food therapy is used to treat specific […]

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Perfect Diet for Cats with IBD

Most cats with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) need their food cooked as they are lacking digestive power.  Raw feeding does work for some of them though.  I would first try cooked and then go from there. 3 lbs of ground chicken or mackerel 4 oz Chicken Livers 1 cup cooked brown rice 1-1/2 cup of cooked […]

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Relationship Between Diet and Hyperthyroidism

The Relationship Between Diet and Hyperthyroidism in Cats Hyperthyroidism is a commonly-diagnosed glandular condition in cats. The condition is most frequently caused by a benign (non-cancerous)  tumor on the thyroid called a thyroid adenome.  In only 2 % of the cases, this tumor is cancerous. The tumor produces an abundance of thyroxine (a thyroid hormone) […]

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Pet Obesity: Facts and Risks

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54% of American pets are estimated to be obese. The Canadian Veterinary Medical association estimates that around 60% of Canadian pets are obese or overweight. Being overweight or obese puts pets at significant risk for many health problems and shorter lives. The unfortunate thing is that fat […]

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Supplement to Balance a Raw Diet

Is SPARK used to balance a raw homemade diet? Hi Thank you for your inquiry regarding Spark. Spark was not created to balance a homemade diet, raw or otherwise. Homemade diets and raw diets can be excellent for your dog but they need to be properly balanced. Spark does not contain the ratio of calcimin […]

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Ingredients Safe for Cats

Are these safe for cats, quassia wood, black walnut hulls, garrya herb, clove bud and bayberry rood bark in a herb parasite remedy with a strength ratio of 1:1.7 Thank you Tina Hi Tina Black Walnut is not safe in any form for cats–I would not use cloves either–is this a human product?? Please do […]

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Catnip

Lots of perennial herbs are making a comeback in gardens now and one that is particularly plentiful is catnip. Catnip belongs to the mint family and its Latin name is Nepeta cataria. In folk medicine it has been used for cramps, coughing, as a sedative, as an aphrodisiac and as an anti-gas remedy. The active […]

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Milk Thistle for Gallbladder Disease in Pets

Gallbladder disease is fairly common in humans but is not very common in pets. The gallbladder is a sac like structure that is found between the lobes of the liver. It functions to store bile– a yellow-green fluid produced by the liver that is used for digestion of fat. This bile is secreted into the […]

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