How to Prepare Your Pet For The New Arrival

By Dr. Karen Becker For many couples, their dog or cat is the first ‘baby’ in the family. Then one day a human baby arrives on the scene, and the family dynamic changes. Getting your dog ready for the new baby is important. This is often not a happy state of affairs for the furry, four-legged kid in the household. In order to help your dog or cat make a smooth transition from ‘only child’ to the new family, a good deal of pre-baby planning and preparation is necessary. The…

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FDA rages war against raw feeders

Last week, the Maryland Department of Agriculture issued a stop sale order on Stella and Chewy’s freeze dried chicken patties dog food, which tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Yeah, I agree that listeria and salmonella in dog food can be an issue for us (but not really for our pets) … but I’ve got a bigger issue with this. Just A Coincidence? This recall comes just weeks after the FDA stated they would start cracking down on harmful pathogens in pet foods in the upcoming months … … in raw…

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Planning To Microchip Your Dog? Implanted Microchips Cause Cancer

  At the National ID Expo in Kansas City, Arkansas Animal Producer’s Association President Michael Steenbergen asked, “What safety studies have been conducted on the chips that are inserted into animals?” His question was met with total silence. Did these manufacturers not know, or were they unwilling to admit that research has confirmed that implanted microchips cause cancer? Melvin T. Massey, DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from Brownsboro,Texas, brought this to the attention of the American Horse Council when he wrote, “I am a retired Equine Veterinarian and still breed…

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Thank Goodness For You Thinkers!

  Today’s topic is something WE ALL need think about. Please don’t accept what I recommend or what your vet (or your doctor) tells you to do without undertaking some additional investigation on your own. Whether or not to vaccinate is a topic that pertains not only to our pets but to our children as well. The big question is whether or not it is the right thing to do. I have spent almost 40 years teaching people that feeding a raw food diet is a more appropriate way to…

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Healthy Juice Pulp Dog Treats

  If you’ve jumped on the juicing bandwagon, you’re enjoying amazing, fresh, homemade juices, but likely wondering: isn’t there something I could be doing with all the leftover juice pulp? Well wonder no longer! You can make these little, healthy, fiber-rich, low-calorie dog treats! Rawmazing.com, a fantastic raw food blog shares this dog-approved recipe. I was looking at the dwindling doggie treat jar and the pups expanding waistlines and made a decision. I would accept the juice pulp challenge and make doggie treats from the pulp! I started collecting my…

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Epidemic of medicated dogs calling into question sanity of their owners

  More and more vets are prescribing mind-altering psychiatric drugs for dogs they’ve diagnosed with depression or anxiety. These drugs come with a whole busload of side effects and warnings, including, according to the ASPCA ironically, increased anxiety.(1) Dogs who react to stress with aggression can even become more aggressive when they’re on Xanax because the drug lowers their inhibitions. Just like people, dogs sometimes pick fights when they’re stoned. So, just why do people think their pets need these drugs? Let’s take a look at the lives of modern…

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What do I do about excessive paw licking in my dog and what could be the cause?

  By: Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM, IVC Journal, Integrative Medicine For any practicing veterinarian, paw licking and chewing is a very common complaint and often, even with holistic approaches can be difficult to treat. Conventionally, this is considered an allergic response. Most dogs are taken through a battery of tests, put on hypoallergenic and elimination diets, and repeated and long term antibiotics. Many end up on corticosteroids. Unfortunately, many of these dogs continue licking. For years, I cringed every time I saw a dog that excessively licked his paws. I…

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How do I know my dog has food sensitivities?

There is actually just one way to find out. Here is an example of a dog owner’s experience. Her Six-year-old, long-coated akita Nyoko had severe non-responsive inflammatory bowel disease, lost half of her body weight and her hair. She suffered from bloody diarrhea and demonstrated noise phobias of thunderstorms, fireworks and motorcycles. She also tested as having hypothyroidism. Her veterinarian was recommending euthanasia. . . Desperate, her pet parent learned about NutriScan, a saliva-based food sensitivity and intolerance test developed by veterinary diagnostician and thyroid expert Dr Jean Dodds DVM. The…

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