Bloat in dogs-what can we do

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), commonly called bloat, is an emergency medical condition that is seen most commonly in large and giant breed dogs. This is a life-threatening situation that occurs when the stomach fills with gas and/or food, expands, and then rotates, trapping gas inside the stomach and cutting off blood supply to the stomach and spleen.     Signs the dog may demonstrate:   Distended (bloated) abdomen Unproductive retching / heaving Excess salivation Heavy panting Restlessness/pacing Many studies have been done to determine the causes of GDV, but researchers are still not completely certain why the condition occurs. However, most...

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Reign, the Obedience Champion Border Collie

"A happy border collie named Reign is the youngest dog to compete in the National Obedience Championship last year and the current number one border collie in the country. Reign began showing at 16 months old, earning his "Novice Title" with a near  perfect score of 199. Reign's accomplishments including earning his OTCH title at 22 months old, and 5  perfect scores of 200. He was the youngest dog to compete in the 2012 National Obedience Competition  in Orlando Florida and he is the number one border collie going to the 2013  National Obedience Championship. And he is on Dr. Tim’s…...

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Is your dog food good for a diabetic dog?

Question Is your dog food good for a diabetic dog? I had him on w/d and he won’t eat it…therefore no insulin shot. I Need something good and healthy that he will eat, and doesn’t have to be a prescription dog food. Thanks. P.S.why doesn’t dog food mfgs. made diabetic dog food…there is a big market for that. Aleta Answer I am a firm believer that the lower the carbohydrates in food, the better for any diabetic, be it a dog or cat. I can make huge improvements with the regulation of a dog or cat when I get the carbs...

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Switching dog food, what process or timeline do you recommend?

Question My family is going to have an 8 week old Golden Retriever puppy join our home in a couple of weeks. I am planning on transitioning her from the current food she is on (Purina puppy chow) to a higher quality dog food. Which food would you recommend switching her to and what process/timeline do you recommend? Steven Answer With a good quality food you can change by mixing 50/50 for 3 days and transition over. For a Golden, I would do Kinesis as the food for a puppy. Good luck and enjoy those baby teeth! Timothy A. Hunt, DVM...

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Dogs of Dr. Tim’s – The story of Sisu, one Determined Dog.

Even with a rough start to life, Sisu, the Red Siberian Husky, has spent most of her days surrounded by love.The story goes that she was abandoned as a small puppy in a parking lot, left to fend for herself with seemingly insurmountable challenges to defeat. Sisu is missing parts of both of her right legs, with the front ending just below her wrist and the back leg ending at the hock. Unable to move much or go to the bathroom without assistance, the outlook seemed bleak, but after she arrived in the right hands, her future turned bright. It...

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Stu Nelson – Part 2: Who is Stu Nelson, what he does in his free time, a good story and what you can do to keep your pet healthy

Dr. Stu Nelson, chief veterinarian for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, splits his time between clinics in Alaska and Idaho. When he isn’t doing that, he is working on building a cabin near Eagle, Alaska. Nelson isn’t a pet owner himself, because of his constant travel commitments, but he sees the Iditarod dogs as his own pack. “The way I look at it, the Iditarod dogs are largely my responsibility, so I look at them as pets in many ways,” he said.During the last 25 years, Nelson has collected hundreds of memories of working on the Iditarod, but one in particular...

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Dr. Stu Nelson – Part 1: The Iditarod and the work of a trail vet.

For two weeks every year, the health of hundreds of sled dogs during the world’s most prestigious sled dog race falls upon the shoulders of one man, Dr. Stu Nelson, the chief veterinarian of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. And with the help of an entire crew of trail vets, Nelson makes sure that the animal athletes stay in top shape and get what they need.Nelson grew up around the country, attending school in Missouri and beginning his career on the East Coast. The first animal athletes he worked with were racehorses before moving to Idaho. It was there he first...

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Why chicken meal rather than chicken?

Question I read the content in your foods and am wondering why chicken meal rather than chicken? I have switched both my cats (3) and dogs (2) from Science Diet to Innova Senior Dry and Can for my dogs, EVO dry for my two older underweight cats, and Chicken Soup Light dry for my overweight 4 year old cat because of the ingredients in Science Diet. Why should I switch to yours? I thought grains and carbs were bad for my pets. Thanks for your response. Marilyn Answer Thanks for the great question. In my opinion, if you are going to...

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Chase as an alternative to prescription brands?

Question I work in a pet store and we learn as much about the choices so we can help our customers choose the best food for their pets, and lately Dr. Tim’s has become of the ones we feel confident about recommending to our customers. I have a question for you. We often have cats with UTI and other symptoms of renal disorders whose owners are tired of paying for the prescription diets, which seem to run counter to today’s findings that a high protein, low carb diet is optimal for such compromised kitties. We usually recommend high protein, low carb...

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