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Despite them being among the world's leading flea and tick control treatments for dogs, there is a consensus among many veterinarians, canine health experts and researchers that hazardous chemical-based spot-on products like Frontline, Revolution, Spot On, Advantage and K9 Advantix are sometimes best avoided. But, are the so-called natural alternatives any safer?
It's a frightening prospect to think that despite trying to do the very best for our dogs by feeding so-called natural and healthy foods such as boiled rice, we may in fact be slowly poisoning them. Research has uncovered some startling facts about this very popular cereal grain, the most worrying of all is that some of it contains potentially toxic levels of arsenic.
Raw dog food is a major topic of debate among pet owners, veterinarians and canine nutritionists all seeking to find the best food for our pets. But the information available is often conflicting and confusing. I set out in this article to bring you the facts about raw diets for dogs and draw some conclusions about whether it really is better than tins, kibble and other forms of mass-produced manufactured dog food products.
The following list of 21 toxic foods includes a few things you may already be aware of, but there are others only the most safety conscious dog owner would probably know . until now. These are the dog facts you need to know, if you really want to care properly for your family pet
The seemingly innocent herb, Rosemary, has come under close scrutiny recently, because it is now being used by an increasing number of dog food manufacturers as a natural preservative. But some nutritionists, canine health agencies and government bodies are becoming concerned, because concentrated rosemary oils and extracts can cause seizures, miscarriage and many other debilitating illnesses and reactions.
Muscle twitching and tremors or seizures happen for different physiological reasons during the course of canine kidney failure and some owners may understandably confuse them. This article differentiates between each symptom and explains why they occur and how they can be treated.
A dog's health and quality of life are severely undermined by the build-up of toxic blood phosphorus during canine kidney disease. Controlling how much phosphorus dogs eat becomes a priority in later stages of the condition and phosphate binders become an increasingly essential component in battling the disease.
When dogs are diagnosed with kidney disease, the first piece of advice given by a vet is usually to change the diet. While this is often good advice it shouldn't become a rigid regime, because as the kidney failure progresses - the diet needs to change along with it. This article explains why some things given early in the disease may not be suitable later on.
Calcitriol Therapy has been suggested as a beneficial treatment for dogs with kidney failure for many years, but many vets seem to be unaware of its potential and only rarely suggest it to distraught owners. While this kind of treatment is complex and can be costly, it offers a complimentary form of management that can both improve the quality of life and extend it for many dogs suffering from this devastating illness.
My 10-Step plan of action gives dogs diagnosed with kidney failure the best possible chance of surviving. It is designed for owners that have only just received this startling diagnosis for their best friend, but also provides information useful to anyone now caring for a dog with this disease.
Dogs with kidney failure tend to be picky eaters. Their food also needs to be low in sodium, phosphorus and low-quality proteins, but at the same time it must be nutritious and tasty. These 10 homemade recipes are a good starting point for owners struggling to manage this disease. They offer a good balance of minerals, high-quality proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins while still adopting the prohibitive rules of a kidney failure diet.
Just like humans, dogs can have an allergic reaction to almost anything. Although some allergies are easy to identify and straightforward to manage, owners often need to turn detective to identify the cause of a food allergy so it can be eliminated from the diet.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is very common in dogs suffering from chronic kidney disease, but the shortcut method of diagnosing and treating it is often undertaken using a broad spectrum antibiotic. This can cause the infection to go completely untreated - and the delay in identifying the right antibiotic means the infection runs rampant, causing a further deterioration in the kidney disease itself. This article explores the cause of UTIs, and outlines the best method of diagnosing and treating them.
Chronic kidney failure in older dogs is a common illness - and one that leaves owners feeling saddened, frustrated and helpless. There is evidence that proves diet plays an essential role in prolonging life expectancy, along with essential veterinary support. This article aims to provide the most up-to-date information to support owners and their best friends through this devastating illness.