How to care for your dogs’ teeth

So, you want to take care of your dogs’ teeth before they all fall out; what to do... The idea of brushing a dogs’ teeth is a nice one, but rarely done and I understand why. It is not a fun thing to do. Some dogs you can teach to allow you to perform the task but many fight to the point where all involved will give up. There are treats out there that can help some, like Greenies or something similar; worth a try, but monitor the teeth to see if you are making a difference. Dry food -...

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Training a puppy-fact of fiction it can be done

Training a puppy; fact or fiction that it is possible? Fact, and here are some tips: A. Get a crate. It makes house-training incredibly easy. Always use it as a happy place, not a time out place for behavior that gets you upset. If they start to urinate in the cage, either you are leaving them in there too long or you need to remove all absorbent stuff so they learn to hold it a bit longer. B. Let your puppy sleep in your bedroom, at least for the first few nights. This whole experience is scary for a pup. Don’t...

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Water intoxication and your dog

Did you know that it is actually possible for a dog to ingest too much water? What happens when a dog ingests too much water? When a dog takes in too much water, he has more than his body needs, and this dilutes bodily fluids and depletes sodium levels. Sodium maintains blood pressure and nerve and muscle function. Many dogs are at risk; for instance those that swim low in the water or dogs that swallow water unintentionally while swimming, retrieving a ball, biting at the water, etc. It is rare and we see it maybe once a year or...

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Food Drops for the Iditarod

Food drops for the Iditarod - what does this mean and what is included?   Running a 1000 mile race requires a lot of material, food and gear which you cannot haul from the start, obviously. With roughly 21 checkpoints, or locations where your gear and food is staged and spread out (roughly) equally along the trail, there is quite a bit of logistics and planning required.Mushers have only 3 locations where stopping is required; the others are at the discretion of each musher and their strategy. With this said, how the food drops are then planned come into play; the bags are...

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Urinary incontinence and the female dog

Urinary incontinence in female dogs. Do you have a female dog that leaves a few drops to a puddle of urine behind her after she rests for a period of time? This could be an issue with being able to “hold their urine” and is treatable in most cases so don’t be ashamed. After being spayed some female dogs will have an issue later in life where they start to leave wet spots where they laid down. Checking further into this it is evident it is urine. What to do next? Don’t fret, there is an answer. First thing is...

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Hair loss in a dog-how to diagnosis a problem.

Hair loss on a dog. What is normal? First, most dog blow, or lose, their coat twice a year. They will constantly be shedding some hair but 2 major hair changes occur naturally. What triggers this can vary-time of the year, light, etc. This type of hair loss is uniform, all over the body and will not typically cause bare spots to develop. You have to vacuum a lot more. On the other hand their are conditions that can cause a dog to start to lose hair that are symptoms of other problems that are developing or are in full...

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Dr. Tim’s Pet Food ratings in comparison to other companies

We have been looking for a website where actual ratings by users are posted and the best we can find is on Dog Food Chat. Below are the ratings for some of the popular brands. We were quite surprised that in most cases the marketing and cost just don’t translate into a happy consumer.   We put these up as a reference, so consumers have an idea of what other consumers think. We are not expressing an opinion on these formulas. These are ratings out of a possible 10. As of this morning the Dr. Tim’s line is rated 9.1/10.Acana...

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Which food is right for my dog, and where do I get it?

Question I have a 2yo lab, field lines, who is highly active and difficult to keep weight on. However, when we had her on a high calorie high protein diet (Evo/Orijen) she had urinary problems and our vet recommended we not go much over 30% protein (if at all) and stick with a low ash product. Which of your formulas would you recommend? My second question is sort of rhetorical- I live in Ohio (Dayton) but am having trouble location your product line, which is ironic given it is made here 🙂 Do you have any plans to expand your market?...

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Grain Free Cat Foods

Is this a trend that is based on real science, or a fad that has caught on? First, we must understand that a cat is an obligate carnivore.  That means the cat, be it a tiger or an ordinary house cat, must eat other animals to fulfill their needs for certain types of nutrients. In their natural habitat, cats are hunters that consume prey high in protein with moderate amounts of fat and minimal amounts of carbohydrates. Cats also require more than one dozen “essential elements”, including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids. “Essential” means the nutrients must be supplied by the...

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Itching to Learn about Allergies?

The itchy dog or cat; by far the most common issue I’ve seen over the years as a veterinarian, so let’s take a look at the reasons behind the itching and how we can best treat these animals. First, consider all the reasons why your dog or cat could be itchy: Atopy: pollen allergies that are seasonal and makes them itch at their ears, face, groin, armpits, feet or under their tail. Food allergy: non-seasonal itch of ears, feet, or under their tail. Parasites: mange, a non-seasonal itch anywhere on the body; and fleas, which makes them itchy over the...

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How much Dr. Tim’s to feed 10 week old lab pup?

Question “How much Dr. Tim’s to feed 10 week old lab pup?” Andrea    Answer The best way to know how much to feed a pup is to touch them a lot. Make sure there is some cushion over the ribs but you can still feel them. Too ribby means more food. I would guess a 10 week old lab would be in the 3/4 to 1 cup twice a day range. If you are feeding too much the puppy may get soft stools, so you would adjust down somewhat until firm stools occur. Thanks and good luck with that...

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Why is the ash level in a pet food important?

Ash Factoid Moment; Why use “low ash” protein ingredients? Ash is the true filler in a dog food. Dogs have a requirement of about 2% ash (the non burnable/combustible minerals left over after food is burned) as in that 2% will be the calcium/phos/trace minerals they need. Above that is the useless part of a dog food as a rule. Of course, you can have a lot more useless ingredients in dog food if it isn’t produced so it is digestible. For instance starches do need to be cooked for dogs to utilize them as they are not a ruminant...

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