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Diarrhea in dogs

May 14, 2012 // Canine
Most cases of diarrhea in dogs are self-limiting and, with a little help from you and proper diet, your dog can get back to form quickly. Fasting, resting, and allowing the natural course of things usually takes care of it. Here's some guidelines:
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Pet Food Labeling Rules

March 18, 2012 // Canine
These below facts/rules may make feel a little bit like a schlep as they lead to great labeling claims!
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Milk Thistle

March 14, 2012 // Canine, Equine
milk thistle
 Milk thistle is well known as a "liver herb" both for humans and pets.
Milk thistle contains a flavonoid compound called "silymarin" which itself is a combination of several other active compounds.
Extensive studies around the world have found that silymarin is safe and effective in treating a variety of liver diseases and other conditions, from kidney disease to mushroom or lead poisoning. It works by displacing toxins trying to bind to the liver and by causing the liver to regenerate more quickly.
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understanding skin & ear issues

August 23, 2011 // Canine
Although skin & ear symptoms may appear suddenly, these problems have been developing over a long period of time, thus there's a great hidden mass of  "a mystery problem" they carry and the skin & ear problems are merely the visible “tip of the iceberg” for the body of the real cause lying below the surface.
I have combined skin and ear symptoms together since the external ears are essentially part of the skin. Both organs originate form the same type of tissue in the embryo and they generally respond similarly when illness occurs. They also seem to have a large capacity for disease in the sense that the body can limit disease symptoms to the skin & ears for a long time, even though the illness is worsening systemically.
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5 Steps to Picking a Dry Kibble

July 14, 2011 // Canine, Feline
picking a food
 5 Steps to Picking a Kibble (Dry Pet Food )
There are plenty of dog food choices out on the market today, hundreds of brands, and thousands of formulas that you could choose from. So how do you know what to pick for your furry family member?  We have put together a list of the 5 items you should look for when selecting a food. This is merely the basics, one should also consider the pet’s allergies, sensitivities, raw options and other needs as well.
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