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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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Puppies & Raw

February 14, 2012 // Canine
puppy bones
If your pup wasn't started out off his/her mom onto raw, that's OK. It's pretty simple to get going. Here's a guide to help you get started regardless of your pup's age.
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February 12, 2012 // Canine
Below I'll walk you through how to switch from dry food to fresh food (either raw or home made) 
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Liver Disease Diet

January 10, 2012 // Canine
love the liver
Diets for dogs with liver disease should be formulated for your dog based on the specific diagnosis provided by your veterinarian. The diet should be calibrated based on the digestive capacity of the diseased liver.
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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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