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February 23, 2015 // Canine, Chronic Illness Management
HMD in small breeds
* Hepatic microvascular dysplasia, or HMD, is a condition in which tiny blood vessels inside the liver develop abnormally, disrupting blood flow, and compromising liver function
* HMD is a rare congenital disease that occurs in certain small-breed dogs
* Some dogs with the disorder have no symptoms and require no treatment. Clinical signs in symptomatic dogs include GI disturbances, small size, and poor muscle development
* Definitive diagnosis of HMD requires a liver biopsy. All dogs with the disease have abnormally high total serum bile acids
* Treatment depends on the severity of the condition and usually involves a reduced amount of high-quality protein in a biologically available form, and appropriate liver support supplements
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Goat Milk

October 17, 2014 // Canine, Feline
goat milk
Learn about why goats milk is sooooo good!
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Raw Simplified:

September 12, 2014 // Canine
Some basic questions answered to help someone begin feeding raw if they're ready for a divorce from dry food.
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What is a Premix?

June 6, 2014 // Canine, Feline
A premix is a predetermined blend of 20 or more vitamins, minerals and possibly amino acids. This blend is added to the food component of a pet food formula so it will meet the minimum Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) requirements of the diet for a certain life stage or stages of a dog or cat. In other words, the food component of the formula is lacking in certain nutrients, so the formulator adds in via a premix the deficient vitamins, minerals and possibly amino acids needed so all the AAFCO nutrient requirements are met. Below, lets take a look at what they're all about.
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Yeast and Dogs

April 17, 2014 // Canine
yeasty ears
As a pet owner, you'll be able to tell if your dog has a yeast infection just by its smell. Yeast has a very characteristic odor. Some people think it smells like moldy bread or corn chips. Some people refer to a yeast infection of a dog's paws as 'Frito Feet.' It's a musty smell, and often a dog with chronic yeast will leave a tacky film on your hands after you give it a good petting. Sometimes there’s dander involved and sometimes improper pigmentation of the groin and even the top of nose. Now lets learn how all this comes about.
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