April 09, 2014
We miss the cats…
Cats are unique in so many ways. Cats are an enigma. Cats appear so independent. They take care of themselves.
Dogs are just out there. What you see is what you get. Dogs are needier then cats. You often know day one when your dog is sick (my wife says dogs are like guys, I don’t see it). Dogs also are more specific in the signs and they show us where they hurt.
Not cats! Are ya kiddin' me?! Cats are the great pretenders and compensators. This is a survival instinct. If cats would show illness in the wild, they would be the first to be preyed upon. They will hide an illness until the last minute and they are rarely specific in their ailments, so when they do come in, they come in with what I call “sick cat syndrome”. Cats can really be a diagnostic challenge.
April 06, 2014
Even though you might have pet insurance to protect against costs from unexpected health events, the ideal situation is that your pet has no unexpected health events at all. Wouldn't that be nice?
To that effect, we're focusing this month on overall pet health and preventing health events as best we can.
And while we are talking of pet health this month, here are some excellent articles on the Embrace pet health site, The Water Bowl
And here's one final one for some Easter fun with your dog:
March 19, 2014
Wow, how many dog and cat foods are out there now! Did you know, in our grocery stores, pet food is the number one grossing item? It outsells the next 6 items combined! In 2013, dog and cat owners in the United States, spent $21,000,000 dollars on food. Twenty one million dollars! Dog and cat food is BIG business. So it no wonder that the number of companies making pet food has exploded. Some of these foods are good, some are heavily marketed with unsubstantiated claims. Buyer beware.
March 11, 2014
I love talking pet nutrition with Dr Patrick Mahaney. There is always something new to learn. This month, we cover the following questions:
- How can I find a good guide for the number of calories my cats should eat per day. One goes out when there’s no polar vortex outside, the other two stay in. I don’t believe the suggested amounts on the food bags and cans I buy.
- Are there any other options besides prescription diets for pets with renal/kidney issues (c/d, s/d)? I'd really prefer to feed something that is healthier but will also help with struvite/oxolate crystals.
- Can you comment on dry vs wet vs raw food. What are your thoughts on a raw diet for allergies? or raw diets in general
- How long should a puppy be on puppy food?
- Does Patrick feel a puppy should be on probiotics during their vaccination series to reduce/eliminate allergies in the future?
- I've been hearing a lot of questions on the grain free diets come up lately. What is the verdict on these for dogs and cats? As well the by-products ingredients being bad - are they really and what exactly are they?
Click on the link below to hear the audio:
March 07, 2014
When you think about it, our bodies, and those of our pets, are incredible machines. For example, these machines fix themselves (most times) when things break, and we don't have to eat precise diets to stay alive (not like my car that only takes a very certain type of very expensive liquid and my mechanic loves that my car doesn't fix itself.)
It doesn't mean though that all that we eat is good for us in the long run, and eating a better quality of food is one way we can improve our health without having to go to the doctor. It's very much the same situation for our pets, yet some people are still unaware that the quality of the food we feed our cats and dogs is incredibly important. Better and more appropriate foods really do make a difference for our pets.