Food and your pet – Food Energetics

My apologies for the gap since our last info-rich post.  As the clinic gets busier during the summer months, we’ve needed to adjust timing a bit.  The good news is, this post has a boatload of great information for you.  And we’ll be working very hard to post more frequently going forward – Yea!

Two of three cuties at their appointment

Most of us know our pets can have mild or severe food allergies.  Your new kitten gets diarrhea every time you feed him a canned food with salmon in it, though that doesn’t happen with the same brand that contains only chicken.  Or your Saint Bernard has the same problem every time you feed her a dry food or treat with corn in it. 

And many of us know how we personally feel different when we eat different foods – eating a salad gives you more energy, while eating a salad calms your best friend down.  But few of us know how to determine what foods may affect our pets in subtle or not-so-subtle ways. 

Today Dr. Frank answers questions on Food Energetics, a fascinating topic he is passionate about.  Continue reading

Raw Bones for Dogs question

Is Sasha, our client’s cute-as-a-button Chihuahua, waiting for her raw bone?  She looks very hopeful, doesn’t she?  From our post on dry food and dog’s teeth we received the following comment and request for suggestions from one of our blog readers: 

Sasha

“I am interested in the information re the raw bones. But, I am very cautious about having raw bones in the home. Basically – I don’t. So, how can I give these to my four dogs as I do not want to incur any aggressive behavior either. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.”

We thought Dr. Frank’s response may be of interest to many of you with multiple-dog households, so his reply became our post today. 

Dr. Frank:  Bones are great for cleaning your pet’s teeth and they can be a good outlet for dogs that need to chew.  Continue reading

First Aid Kits for Pets

It’s June at last!  We’ve had a bit of warm weather, many of the flowers are blooming late this year, but they are blooming – rhodies, honeysuckles and dandelions.  With the beautiful flowering bushes, trees and plants come the wonderful, helpful bees. 

Pixie-Belle at about 2 months old

With the bees come our dogs and cats with spring fever – puppies, kittens and adult pets jumping to catch the flitting, buzzing bees in their mouth.  Dogs chasing the squirrels or rabbits and running headlong into… blackberry and rose bushes (Ouch!), or playing a game of chase with each other and tearing through that long grass that contains a stand of – oh, oh… nettles.

Lawn and Garden Care with Pets in Mind

Though chillier than normal, it’s that time of year again.  The time of year we in the Pacific Northwest start mowing, thatching, aerating and

Freestyle Demo at 2010 Open House

fertilizing our lawns.  We’re deciding what flowers and veggies to plant and we’re getting containers and garden plots ready for the seeds and starters we plan to put in as soon as weather permits. 

We all want to make sure our lawn and garden is safe for our pets and kids.

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Vaccinations – Part II – Dogs

Marty with his person in reception

A happy, healthy dog is joy personified.  As with cats, vaccinations are an important and occasionally controversial part of our dogs’ lives, as more and more vaccines are available to our vets.

When is the best time to vaccinate?  Which ones are most important?  What about stories we’ve heard about adverse reactions?  These are just a few of the many questions that come up.  And we find in all forms of media (the web, magazines, newspaper, TV) almost as many differing opinions to each of our questions, as we have questions.  

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Vaccinations – Part I – Cats

We want our kittens and cats to be healthy, happy and content, like our client’s kitty, Zoey, in the photo.  And we want them to have the best possible chance of staying that way their entire life.  

Zoey

Vaccinations are an important and sometimes controversial part of our cats’ lives, as more and more vaccinations are available to us and our cats.   

When is the best time to vaccinate?  Which ones are most important?  What about stories we’ve heard about adverse reactions?  There are seemingly a million questions.  We read almost as many opinions answering each of our questions on the web, in magazines and in newspaper publications. Continue reading