Animal Nutrition Blog
A corral of information for the health of your pet.
March 13, 2015 // Canine
Dietary fat continues to be one of the most polarizing and misunderstood topics in canine nutrition. Whether it’s people making their own prey model diet, which is commonly too high in protein in relation to the amount of fat, or a commercially prepared diet using carnivore-inappropriate vegetable oils, we’re headed in the wrong direction. Unfortunately for the misinformed pet owner, the cost in health terms is very high.Read More
* 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
Commercial pet food manufacturers set out to produce a food that provides everything a dog needs.
Fortunately, where our limited knowledge fails us, Mother Nature does not!
Raw milk is the most bioavailable and balanced source of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, fatty acids and essentially anything else you can and can’t think of – or has yet to be determined.