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Stones: Calcium Oxalate Stones

June 14, 2009 // Canine, Feline
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Signs of stones
Watch for blood in your dog’s urine, the frequent passing of small amounts of urine, “accidents” in house-trained dogs, straining to urinate while holding the position much longer than usual, licking the genital area more than usual, painful urination that causes your dog to yelp from discomfort, cloudy and foul-smelling urine that may contain blood or pus, tenderness in the bladder area, pain in the lower back, or fever and lethargy.
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian at once. A dog who strains and then releases a flood of urine may have just passed a stone and should be examined. If you can find the stone, take it with you so it can be accurately identified. A dog whose urine is completely blocked has a medical emergency; a plugged urethra can cause urine to back up into the system, resulting in kidney failure. The backup can also cause the dog’s bladder to stretch to the point of rupturing or damaging the bladder’s muscle tone, making it to empty completely.

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Ring bone in Horses

March 3, 2008 // Equine
Ringbone is an osteoarthritic condition that most commonly affects the pastern joint (high ringbone), but also can affect the coffin joint (low ringbone). The term gets its name from the ring or enlargement that can, in the more severe cases, form a true ring or enlargement of bone surrounding the pastern joint just above the coronet band. It is a degenerative disorder that affects the pastern and/or coffin joints and has no cure.
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"Easy Button" Raw formulation

June 18, 2000 // Canine, Recipes
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Dr. JulieAnn Lee’s 30-year-old fail safe
 “easy button” for raw feeders
Although there are a million theories, preferences and should & shouldn't lists on raw out there, if you're just getting going, here's a great place to start safely.. From here you can change & tweak your recipes the way you want from whatever you learn. 
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