The NAVC (North American Veterinary Community) conference was 5 days of learning and fun with a bonus trip to the Magic Kingdom. Overall I feel like there was a big focus on new pet supplements out on the market that can help support a healthy lifestyle for our pets. In general, pets fed a commercial pet food do not need
In the last few weeks I have stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy weight for your pet and that pet obesity can lead to several healthy issues. One of the most common of these obesity related diseases is arthritis, which can affect both dogs and cats. Arthritis is difficult to diagnose and often overlooked in our cat population
If you’re concerned that your pet may have food allergies and think you would like to try your pet on a new diet to address a medical condition like itchy ears or soft stool there are a few options in regards to which hypoallergenic diet you can choose. First consider if you need a prescription diet or if you
Food allergies or Adverse Food Reactions (AFR) in cats and dogs are blamed for a host of clinical signs ranging from itchy skin to loose stool. AFR is a convenient diagnosis as the treatment is avoidance of the offending dietary allergen, however, it is rarely that simple. While it is possible that a component of a pet’s food
Choosing a pet food to feed your beloved furry friends has become a completely overwhelming task. Pet stores are filled with aisle after aisle of different brands each one boasting that if you feed this food your pet will live a longer and healthier life. Some brands have even developed breed specific pet food that is said to address the
Choosing what to feed your dogs can be an overwhelming decision. Pet food stores are packed with row after row of different brands of food all containing clever marketing slogans to convince you they are the best for your dog. Many of these foods boast about containing extremely high levels of protein that claim to satisfy your dog’s
Vitamins are a big part of most of our diets and it is widely recommended that all humans take a daily multi-vitamin to supplement any deficiencies from the food we eat. It makes sense to most pet owners that their cats should also be given a supplement to their daily ration of food to keep them healthy and
Veterinary diets are an essential tool in managing many common health conditions for our pets. These are diets that have been formulated to treat specific health concerns and are prescribed by your veterinarian. The pet food manufactures who develop veterinary diets do extensive testing and research to create an optimal formula that will best manage your pet’s specific health concern.
I love talking about pet food! It is one of my favorite topics when speaking to pet owners. It is clear to me that what you feed your dog or cat directly affects their health and quality of life. Unfortunately many pet food companies spend more on marketing and advertising rather than research and development of their foods.
One of the most challenging tasks for cat owners is trying to get your kitty to drop a few pounds. My own cats struggle with weight management and unfortunately this is also the most common recommendation I make to kitty owners during an annual exam. Essentially all cats do during the day, every day, is lay around and