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Pet Nutrition: 'Benefits of Grain Free Foods'

Just like us our pets can suffer from food allergies & dietary concerns. What can we do to make sure they eat right? We've got the answers plus tips on how t...
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Just like humans, our pets have allergies as well. In fact, most dogs are allergic to grains and their owners do not even know it. It is also very common for animals to be allergic to certain meat sources so if your animal seems to be experiencing symptoms of allergies it does not necessarily mean that you should eliminate all grains, you should get an allergy screening to better understand what your pet should avoid. 

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Chase Dallas's comment, April 8, 2014 12:59 PM
Wow thanks really needed this! :)
Tom Nelson's comment, April 8, 2014 1:03 PM
I never knew grains could have an affect on such a majestic creature.
Kristen Pham's comment, April 15, 2014 12:25 PM
This is really interesting. We actually have our dog on a "grain-free" (a.k.a. expensive) diet so that he doesn't gain a lot of weight. (He has a long corgi body, so we don't want him to have back problems.) I didn't realize grains were so dangerous to dogs for other reasons! On the package of most dog foods, grains are the first few ingredients (because they're cheaper).
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5 Pet Health Myths

5 Pet Health Myths | pet health | Scoop.it
Pet health shouldn't be measured by nose temperature, and despite the recent pet-food recall, avoid feeding your pets table scraps.

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This article debunks the five most common myths about pet health. The first being that table scraps are good for dogs, the second being cats need milk, the third is if a dog's nose is warm it means it is sick, the fourth is that cats always land on their feet and the fifth is that it is okay to let your dog lick you in the face. It provides factual evidence as to why these are untrue and also gives helpful suggestions relating to each myth.

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Jonah Lagudem's comment, April 8, 2014 1:00 PM
This is really cool, I didn't know that it wasn't okay to let your dog lick your face. Some of these are just so obvious if you have any common sense to realize these are just myths.
Jake Sjodin's comment, April 8, 2014 1:14 PM
It makes sense how our animals should not be eating what we eat. Humans eat things that are are barely even ediable, so why would it be beneficial for them to have it?
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Could This Be Why Your Cat Is Losing Weight?

Could This Be Why Your Cat Is Losing Weight? | pet health | Scoop.it
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), also called pancreatic insufficiency and maldigestion syndrome, is thought to be rare in cats.
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Is your cat losing weight or experiencing diarrhea? This could be a sign of EPI or Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. When a cat eats, the pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the digestive system to help break down the food, however in a cat with EPI, the pancreas does not produce sufficient enzymes and the cat is unable to break down and absorb the nutrients it should be getting from it's food and can actually end up starving to death regardless of how much food it ingests. If your cat seems to be experiencing chronic weight loss, watery or loose stool, constant hunger or poor coat condition you should see your vet immediately.

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Dr. Becker Discusses Raw Food Diet (Part 1)

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/04/01/raw-food-diet-part-1.aspx Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterina...
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Because dogs and cats have essentially the same genetic makeup as their wild ancestors, they should be eating diets similar to those that they ate. If you look at the teeth of dogs and cats it is obvious that they are designed to rip and tear flesh instead of grind and chew dry kibble. People worry about feeding their dogs and cats raw food because it may not be sterile, but wild dogs and cats would not be eating sterile food, and in fact their digestive tracts are designed to quickly get food in and get food out to avoid the pathogens in raw meat.

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Dr. Karen Becker: The Weird, Wonderful Ways Your Pet Shows Love for You

Dr. Karen Becker: The Weird, Wonderful Ways Your Pet Shows Love for You | pet health | Scoop.it

The behavior of the companion animals we share our lives with is at times fascinating, frequently entertaining, and sometimes downright puzzling. Here are a few examples of how the furry love of your life shows affection.


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Ever wondered why your dog or cat does some of the strange things he or she does? Well it may be a sign of affection towards you. This article explains some of the different ways dogs and cats show their love towards you. Some examples for cats include "bunting" which is rubbing or bumping their head against you, "rolling" or when your cat rolls around on the ground in front of you along with more. For dogs it includes cuddling, following you around, licking you and more. 

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Three Simple Sure Fire Strategies to Optimize Your Pet’s Health

Three Simple Sure Fire Strategies to Optimize Your Pet’s Health | pet health | Scoop.it
Fail to address these basics and your pet's health will be at risk.

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The common mistake that pet owners and people make is that they live a very unhealthy lifestyle and then wait until a problem develops before they start to treat it. In this article Dr. Karen Becker explains that in order to keep your animal healthy and prevent disease you should abide by the "three pillars of health." These three pillars are 1. a species appropriate diet, 2. a sound, resilient body (frame and organs), and 3. a balanced, functional immune system.

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Coconut Oil in Your Pet's Diet

http://healthypets.mercola.com - Dr. Karen Becker discusses the importance of coconut oil in your pet's diet. Coconut oil is good for balancing good to bad b...

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Coconut oil is healthy for us, so why would it not be healthy for your pets? It is very easy to digest so it is good for dogs and cats with gastro intestinal problems or IBD. It can also help balance bacteria levels in your pets digestive tract and can help treat allergies and dry skin and coat. It can be used both topically and internally.

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Max Ayers's comment, April 8, 2014 1:17 PM
This is insightful, I will feed my pets coconut oil.