Is Vitamin E Good for Dogs?

Vitamin E is an essential part of the canine diet … but why? To understand its role in the body, we need to delve into the interactions between free radicals and antioxidants. According Dr. Jennifer Coates, author of the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian, free radicals are “a group of atoms containing oxygen and electrons that can damage cell membranes, proteins, DNA and other parts of the body.” Coates says that free radicals form as a normal part of the metabolic processes that produce energy within…

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Older dogs and cataracts

Our 15 year old girl Nadya, a bichon/poodle mix has pretty much lost her sight the past 2 years. It has been a slow progression and I have desperately tried to look for options to have her gain back at least some of the vision, even if blurry. I came across some great research by Dr Wendell O. Belfield, D.V.M. a pioneer of nutritional therapy for pets, cites human studies that show vitamin C improves the vision of elderly patients suffering from cataracts. He describes one veterinarian who successfully treated…

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Your dog is trying to tell you something—are you listening?

“Why does my dog do that?” It’s a question every dog owner has asked—whether their best friend is growling at an unseen foe, or rolling in an objectionable scent. Now, world-leading canine experts and fellow dog-lovers Melissa Starling and Paul McGreevy are here with all the answers: In Making Dogs Happy, you’ll learn to see the world as your dog does—full of goals to pursue, resources to guard, and stressors to avoid. Using that knowledge, you’ll be able to communicate with (and train) your dog so that they’re the happiest hound on…

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What every vet and pet owner should know about vaccines

Are you confused about how often your dog needs vaccines? Let’s look at the core vaccines and what research has to say about how often they should be given. But before we do, you should first understand that the core dog vaccines (parvovirus, distemper and adenovirus) are not required by law. Only rabies is legally required in the all states in the US and some (not all) Canadian provinces. So apart from rabies, nobody can force you to vaccinate your dog with any other vaccine you don’t want to give. Period.…

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Dangerous Levels of Vitamin D Discovered in Several Dog Food Brands

The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about recalls of several dry dog foods after receiving complaints that dogs eating the food experienced vitamin D toxicity. Testing found that samples of the affected foods contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D. Very high levels of vitamin D can cause serious health problems in dogs, such as kidney failure or death. Veterinarians should be aware that vitamin D toxicity may present as hypercalcemia, similar to dogs that have consumed a rodent killer.

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Can pet owners truly trust the dog food labels?

You do everything you can to keep your dog healthy. You keep him well-exercised, buy him non-toxic toys and feed what you think is the best food. Then one day you read this: “A federal judge in St. Louis has ordered companies from Missouri and California to pay a combined $7 million for shipping ingredients containing poultry feathers and other misbranded items to pet food manufacturers”. That’s what The Associated Press reported in October 2018. If you’re reading this, you probably go out of your way to research. You label read…

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What you need to know about CBD oil and how it can help your ailing pooch

Many vets now prescribe CBD to treat several conditions naturally and for good reasons. According to research done by American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association in 2016 these include: Pain relief Sleep aid Anxiety relief Nervous system support Reduced inflammation Reduced seizures Vomiting and nausea Muscle spasms Digestive tract issues Thunderstorm or firework phobia Cancer Skin conditions Dog owners are finding this little natural miracle oil (cannabidiol) is helping their pets with a number of different health issues. It’s not only effective, but also safe and first and foremost natural.  â€śby…

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NSAIDs: Think twice before giving these dangerous pain meds to your dog

NSAIDs block the normal ability of the body to heal and repair soft tissues (muscle, tendons and ligaments) and bones. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs – man, no wonder we abbreviate that mess!) are the most commonly used drugs in the world, both prescription and over the counter. And I don’t just mean for people. Our dogs are being exposed to dangerous drugs. And not by accident. These pain meds for dogs are becoming a major problem. Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Many people reach for NSAIDs as a first choice when it comes…

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