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Treats That Are Actually Good for Your Dog

Dogs are omnivores not carnivores and this means that they can eat almost anything. That being said, it’s important to give your dog a balanced diet and this means healthy snacks. Store bought snacks are handy but can be high in fat or sugar. Good alternatives include the following list of fruits and veggies as recommended by PetMed: Apples - without seeds or core Blueberries Strawberries Watermelon - without seeds Frozen bananas Green beans Carrots - raw or cooked Sweet potato – cooked or regular potatoes but in small amounts because they are high in sugar and can increase weight Squash, zucchini Lettuce Spinach Popcorn - unsalted and unbuttered ...

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5 Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Fit

[caption id="attachment_1064" align="alignright" width="242"] Photo: Rachael Prins[/caption] Many dogs are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. When making your new years' resolutions, why not make keeping your pet at a healthy weight one of them? Here are 5 tips to help you reach that goal.  Don't allow your dog to free feed- Free feeding makes it difficult to determine how many calories your dog is actually consuming Measure your dog's food using a measuring cup - Using a measuring cup rather than other less precise methods will also help you figure out how many calories your dog is consuming. Also, ignore the feeding recommendations on the package and use a calorie calculator for dogs to get an idea of how much your dog should be eating When treating your dog, stick to real meat - Instead of using cookies that contain mainly carbohydrates and fat, use dehydrated meat treats that are readily available in...

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Allergies in Pets: A Primer

[caption id="attachment_750" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo: Adrian Jack Bunsby[/caption] Does your cat or dog lick themselves excessively, have watery eyes or digestive upset? If so, this could be a sign of allergies. Just like humans, cats and dogs can suffer from allergies (when the immune system overreacts to proteins in food or the environment). Common environmental allergies include: reactions to flea bites, grasses/trees/weeds, dust mites, and mold. Common food allergies include: beef, pork (mainly in cats), chicken, turkey, wheat gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy. Many cats and dogs experience both types of allergies. Diagnosis Diagnosing an allergy often involves ruling out other conditions (e.g. mange or infections) as well as testing either through the systematic elimination of possible allergens or skin testing (just like in humans). Some vets recommend blood tests however these are limited to environmental allergens as they are not a reliable test for food allergens. Treatments Depending on the cause of the allergy,...

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