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Grain-Free Diet & Dog Heart Disease: What You Need to Know

Posted by Holly Ganz, PhD on

Grain-Free Diet & Dog Heart Disease: What You Need to Know
You may have seen news reports warning that a diet containing peas, lentils, or potatoes may increase your dog’s risk of a heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). We spoke with veterinarian Dr. Aubrey Tauer about this issue to learn what you can do to protect your dog from this deadly disease.

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Pancreatitis in Cats: a silent killer

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Pancreatitis in Cats: a silent killer

Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) is a gastrointestinal disorder that can affect cats. While it’s reported to occur in only 2% of cats, it may be much more common than we think and a recent veterinary study suggests that more than 40% of all cats may be affected. Symptoms in cats are subtle and can be easily overlooked, making it hard to diagnose this silent killer.

We spoke with Dr. Michael Sterns of 4Paws Mobile Veterinary Services in Mountain View, CA about questions that come up frequently when cat parents have a sick cat.

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4 Holistic Pet Tips Your Pet Will Thank You For!

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4 Holistic Pet Tips Your Pet Will Thank You For!

A holistic approach emphasizes preventive medicine by helping to decrease the risk of illness before the illness appears. By doing things like feeding your pet a high quality diet, providing regular opportunities for exercise, promoting a healthy gut and good oral hygiene, you are helping to support optimal whole body functioning within your pet.

Just as more humans are becoming interested in preventive health for themselves, many pet parents and veterinarians are considering the benefits of complementary holistic approaches in addition to conventional medicine for dogs and cats.

We offer some great (trustworthy) holistic pet tips to consider when thinking about the wellness of your fur-baby.

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Fecal Transplants for Dogs with Chronic Digestive Issues

Posted by Holly Ganz, PhD on

Fecal Transplants for Dogs with Chronic Digestive Issues

Fecal transplants can help dogs with chronic digestive problems recover their health, by helping them build an improved microbiome.

The term alone is a conversation-stopper. Fecal transplants? For dogs? Don’t laugh. Fecal transplants are making headlines as a wonder drug for pets and people.

This article was originally featured in Whole Dog Journal.

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Could Your Dog’s Diet Lead to Chronic Inflammation?

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Could Your Dog’s Diet Lead to Chronic Inflammation?

If your dog suffers from chronic digestive problems, the reason could be an immune response gone wrong. When, instead of correctly fighting off harmful invaders, the immune system reacts to the body’s own cells or to something in the diet, the result can be chronic inflammation, which can wreak havoc with your dog’s digestive system.

In this article we'll explain what inflammation is, how the gut microbiome and diet could be involved in inflammation, and how you can lower your dog's risk for chronic inflammation.

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