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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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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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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Where is your dog food made?

Question "Where is your dog food made? We are concerned with the recent recall of dog food and the various brands that are all made at the same factory.FYI we buy our Dr Tims at Rudy’s feed and seed in Holmen WI. Rod is a great resource for pet owners looking for quality foods. He highly recommends your foods. We are very happy with it and the health of our labrador. Our jack russell likes it too and he is the pickiest eater on earth." Sandy Answer Our food is made at CJ Foods in Nebraska. Timothy A. Hunt, DVM...

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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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Momentum makes enormous difference

I just wanted to let you know what an enormous difference your Momentum has made on my boy Spike. I acquired Spike from a musher in NH who does middle distance races. I had him on Orijen in the PM and raw in the AM. He was doing ok but not where I wanted him. By the second day of mixing 50/50% I had a different dog. Physically his coat was more shiny and he mentally grew up. I could see his brain comprehending what I was saying and asking of him. I am an animal chiropractor and your food has...

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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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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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My male dogs eats poop. Why?

My male dogs eat poop. Why? I can’t get him to stop-it’s disgusting-he also eats a lot of grass-I am positive he is lacking something in his diet. He has Hypothyroidism and is on 7mg of Soloxine 2 times a day. Katherine They eat poop because it tastes good, so let’s make it taste bad. One trick is to sprinkle Adolph’s meat tenderizer on the food prior to feeding. This tastes good going down, makes the poop taste bad (to a dog) afterward. Use liberally like Parmesan cheese on their food. Kids; don’t try this at home. Timothy A. Hunt,...

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Dr. Tim’s Thoughts on Specific Life Stage Diets

Do older dogs and cats have nutritional needs that differ from younger dogs and cats, as a general rule? I don’t believe so. Many dog food companies and veterinarians will tell you that a dog is a senior once he or she turns seven years old, and at that point they’d be better off with a senior diet – but it’s not that cut and dried. Every dog and cat is different. For instance, I ran two dogs that were ten years old in the 2009 Iditarod and they finished strong. Were they on a senior diet? No – they simply...

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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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