Monthly Archives: March 2011

Caring for elderly pets

Elderly pets are more susceptible to stress-induced infection than younger ones. This condition is known as immune senescence.

This condition is well-known in humans, but all mammals that survive well into their biological lifespan are also vulnerable. Human medicine attributes this to changes in the traditional immune system (immunoglobulins).

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Rhinotracheitis in cats

Does your cat always seem to have a cold? Do they sneeze globs of nasal discharge on you and every surface of your home? Have they been treated with antibiotics, yet the symptoms returned shortly after treatment? If so, then your cat probably has a chronic upper respiratory viral infection known collectively as “Rhinotracheitis”.

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Chronic diarrhea

The premier topic for this blog is also the one most frequently asked about – chronic diarrhea. Whether the pet is a cat or a dog, at least 80% of the requests for help revolve around this issue. Chronic diarrhea is usually diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome or disease by veterinarians.

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Pectin: a versatile fiber source

By Lark L. Burnham, Ph.D.

Animal Nutrition

Classification

Pectin, which is derived from apples and citrus fruit, is a highly soluble fiber.  In general, different fiber sources are classified by their ability to absorb water.  They range from basically insoluble (high lignin fibers such as seed hulls) to very soluble (pectin and other gel-forming fibers).

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Probiotics and Pet Health

By Lark Burnham, Ph.D., Animal Nutrition

Microflora and the Gastrointestinal Tract

The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of all healthy mammals contains approximately 400 species of microflora or microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, fungi and protozoa. These microorganisms are acquired at birth from the mother,

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Allergies: They’re NOT Just for Humans Anymore

Whether in human or companion animals, recent research (Rastall, 2004) has shown that allergies are the result of both genetics and environment. Genetics (DeBoer, 2004) predisposes a human or pet to suffer from allergies, but the deal is clinched if they are raised in a modern Westernized home. What does modernization have to do with allergies?

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Parenting Emotionally Challenged Pooches (video)

In the last few months, we’ve been besieged with images and stories of destruction, the magnitude of which is difficult to comprehend: Australian floods, New Zealand earthquakes, and most recently the devastating earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. While the loss of human life and the impact on the human survivors makes up the majority of the coverage,

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Healthy Dogs

man walking a dogDog Walkers Are More Active Overall

Regularly Walking a Dog Has a ‘Measurable Impact’ on How Much Exercise You Get

Man’s best friend helps motivate pet owners to move, it seems, and not only when Fido’s in tow.   

A new study suggests dog walkers are more likely to get the amount of exercise recommended by the U.S.

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Emergency Care and First Aid for Dogs

ASPCA LogoUnfortunately, accidents do happen. When a medical emergency befalls our furry friends, pet parents may find it difficult to make rational decisions, especially if something occurs during the middle of the night. That’s why it’s crucial to have an emergency plan in place-before you need it.

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Bully Stick Dog Chews

Bully Stick Dog ChewsDogs LOVE bully sticks, and you will love keeping your furry friend happy and occupied, while the chewing action helps to clean teeth! All of the bullies come from Free Range cattle in South America or Costa Rica, and are never treated with chemicals. The low-to-no odor is result of proper processing of the freshest products,

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