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Switching A Puppy to Raw

May 21, 2015 // Canine
pups eating raw meal
Puppies will generally have healthier digestive systems than older dogs or those with health issues,
and therefore will tolerate a more rapid switch (i.e., 1 or 2 days) with no trouble.
Start by substituting ¼ raw for your dog’s current food in each meal,
gradually increasing raw dog food while proportionately decreasing the kibble until the transition is complete.
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Joint Disease in Dogs: prevention

April 14, 2015 // Canine
Joint Disease
As dogs age, many of them start to suffer from joint disease (like hip dysplasia). You may see your older dog moving around stiffly, struggling to get up, or not able to zoom upstairs or jump in the car like she used to.
And it’s not just the seniors either. Younger and younger dogs are getting diseases like hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia and knee problems like luxating patellas or cruciate ligament tears.
And you probably think there’s not much you can do to prevent these problems from happening.
Sure, you can give your dog supplements that might slow down joint degeneration. And you can ease any pain or discomfort with herbal or homeopathic remedies …
… but if she’s destined for joint problems, you probably assume nothing you can do is going to stop them from happening.
But what if that’s wrong? What if you could help your dog avoid joint disease?
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Fat in a Dog's Food

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.
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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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Raw And Raw Fermented Milk

February 4, 2015 // Canine, Feline
bottle of goat milk
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.
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