Pet Food Recall: Purina

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On occasion, the Food and Drug Administration will implement a pet food recall due to manufacturing inconsistencies in the production of cat and dog food. The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch reported on May 12, 2012 that Nestle SA is recalling one lot of Nestle Purina … [Read more...]

Pets with Cancer: How to Stimulate your Pet’s Appetite

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Appropriate nutrition is important for any pet with cancer.  Every effort should be made to encourage pets to eat on their own.  This often involves hand feeding of highly palatable food frequently with small portions.  Often times, pets with cancer will not eat commercially … [Read more...]

Cancer in Pets: Importance of Folate, Cobalamin, and Anti-Oxidants in Pet Nutrition

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A number of various nutrients have been recommended as supplements in pet nutrition of the cancer patient.  The most commonly recommended nutrients include glutamine, arginine, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants.  However, there are few if any controlled studies showing … [Read more...]

Cancer in Pets: Dietary Recommendations

Pets with cancer should be fed food that is delicious!

Pet nutrition in an animal with cancer should have the goal of maintaining, if not improving, the body condition of the animal.  The diet needs to taste good, be highly digestible, and preferably energy dense.  Pet nutrition products or diets relatively high in fat content … [Read more...]

Liver Disease in Cats- Diet Recommendations

Domestic Short Hair

Diet recommendations for cats with liver disease vary depending on the underlying liver disease.  Similar to dogs, cats can develop inflammation, infection, and cancer in their liver.  Diets that are specially formulated for liver disease in cats often have high quality and … [Read more...]

Pet Nutrition- When Sick Pets Need Feeding Tubes

Some feeding tubes are placed during surgery.

In pets whose caloric intake is marginal to poor, consideration should be given to place a feeding tube to maintain pet nutritional support.  This method of feeding is termed enteral nutrition.  Feeding tubes are an effective and inexpensive means of providing … [Read more...]

Liver Disease in Dogs- Diet Recommendations

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Dogs with liver disease have different dietary needs then a healthy dog.  Depending on the severity of liver disease in dogs, the percentage of protein that they need and can tolerate is variable.  The liver makes different proteins, such as clotting factors and albumin, so … [Read more...]

Veterinary Therapeutic and Wellness Pet Nutrition Products

Dog Eating

Veterinary therapeutic and wellness pet nutrition products are designed to meet specific nutritional needs of pets with specific types of disease conditions.  They are designed to be used under the direction and supervision of a veterinarian.  These products often contain … [Read more...]

Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Pet Nutrition- How to Supplement your Pet’s Diet

Smiling Pug

Omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are considered essential fatty acids that are being used increasingly in the management of many disease conditions.  Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to have benefits in many diseases in animals, … [Read more...]

Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Pet Nutrition- The Role this Supplement Plays in your Pet’s Diet

Playing German Shepard

Omega-3 fatty acids have gained recent attention due to the increased interest in wellness and disease prevention.  They are thought to play a role in reducing inflammation, having affects on the body’s immune response and potential impact on cell functions throughout the … [Read more...]