With a new year upon us and resolutions for health and fitness fresh in our minds, you may find yourself thinking that you want to help your cat or dog shed some of those holiday pounds or simply prevent additional winter weight gain over the next several months. While it is true that weight loss is governed by the simple formula of calories in not exceeding calories burned, when we feed our pets a complete and balanced diet that is designed to adequately meet all their nutritional needs, it may be not that simple.
Encouring wellness and prevention helps improve quality of life and can lower costs, too. – Dr. Charles Boustany Our pets can’t tell us what they’re feeling and they can’t tell us when they’re sick. Furthermore, many animals mask early illness as an instinctual...
Picky pooches and finicky felines can be very frustrating for pet owners. This is especially true when it comes to prescription diets as these diets have been recommended to treat or manage a specific underlying disease condition. While not always the case, picky eaters tend to be products of our own creation. Dogs are incredibly intelligent and quickly learn that by holding out, they will likely get an upgrade to the “good stuff”. Here are some general tips that you may find helpful in retraining your picky eater to get down to business when dinner is served.
In light of current concerns regarding diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy, it seems appropriate to expand upon what constitutes a "good" diet and how you, the pet owner, can determine on your own what is the best diet to feed your pet. The pet food industry...
When we make a food recommendation, it’s based on years of experience and training in nutrition. We care about your pets and our primary goal is to ensure their health and happiness. If you have questions, please ask us. We’re here to help and we do have the necessary expertise to guide you.
Recently veterinary cardiologists have begun to see an increase in DCM cases, both in dogs traditionally predisposed to DCM, as well as breeds not typically associated with DCM, such as small and mixed breed dogs. It soon became apparent that there was a nutritional correlation between these cases and the FDA, along with board certified veterinarians, began to study what is now being termed “Diet-Associated DCM”.
When it comes to taking good care of you pet, there’s no way around it, the bulk of the work is done by you, the pet owner. Regular veterinary care plays an important role in recognizing and preventing various diseases, but good husbandry (the care and keeping of animals) is essential in keeping your pet in tip-top shape.
Summer in New England is such a wonderful time of year but it does come with some potential hazards for our furry family members. To beat the heat and still enjoy the sunshine with your pets, here are some helpful tips:
Regular wellness visits, also known as check-ups, are one of the most important steps in keeping your pet happy and healthy. Ben Franklin was absolutely right when he said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”; it’s much easier to prevent disease than it is to treat it, and much less expensive, too!