The key to choosing healthy food for your pet is understanding the labels on pet food. Many of claims on pet food packaging can be confusing. What does "All Natural" or "Real Chicken Flavor" actually mean? Protein in pet food can come from a variety of sources including scraps and by-products left over from meat processing. An expensive bag of "gourmet" dog food could actually contain chicken feet as it's protein source.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) establishes a national standard for ingredients, definitions, and nutrient levels, but they have no enforcement authority. What this means is that the AAFCO doesn't regulate pet food, but it does provide the standards for what goes on pet food labels.
If you want to choose the healthiest food for your pet,
then you'll need to understand the pet food labels.
Cleaning your dog's ears is an important part of routine grooming for your pet. Keeping your dog's ears clean will minimize infection and excess wax buildup. I show you step by step in the video how to correctly clean your dog's ears. I also provide the signs of infection that you need to watch for.
Dental disease in dogs and cats is very common, and very dangerous. Left untreated, it can lead to major problems like heart disease and kidney failure. Regular dental care is critical to your pet's health.
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is entirely preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. With a routine at-home dental care and regular dental exams and cleanings at ABC Veterinary Hospital, you can prevent your dog from getting dental disease. Read more -->
These products can help provide oral hygiene for your pet.
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Dental disease can lead to serious health complications for your pet.
Dental disease when untreated can lead to serious complications of the heart, lung, and kidneys. Bacteria from dental disease can have serious, even fatal consequences for your pet. Most pet owners understand the importance of a regular grooming and exercise routine for their pet, but proper dental care is often overlooked.
With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, this is a good time to begin a maintenance plan for your pet’s oral hygiene. We are providing $100 off and Double Rewards for your pet's first dental exam and cleaning. Everyone that clicks the Facebook share button and share's this page will also earn Double Rewards and be eligible to win prizes in our January sweepstakes. Read more -->
What you need to know about Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)
You may have heard about the recent outbreak of a new type of dog flu. This highly contagious and, for some dogs, potentially serious respiratory infection is called canine influenza virus H3N2, or CIV H3N2 for short. If exposed to CIV H3N2, 80% will develop clinical disease and 20% will spread it without showing symptoms. The virus affects capillaries in the lungs so your dog may cough up blood and have trouble breathing. Read more -->
Most animals are genetically wired to spend a certain amount of time on activities that meet their requirements for survival. For most domestic pets, particularly dogs and cats, these requirements include opportunities to play, explore their environment, rest, socialize, acquire and eat food, and eliminate. Normally, opportunities for sexual activity and the ability to defend oneself from competitors or predators would also be survival requirements, but in the average family setting, these needs are not an issue.
Because food is one of the most basic necessities of life, each species must be programmed with or learn the appropriate skills in order to obtain food. To be successful, the animal must use a combination of genetics and observation of other members of their species to learn successful strategies for finding, catching and killing of live prey. Not only is food a motivating factor when the pet is hungry, but the acquisition of food is an activity that generally requires the expenditure of time and effort, and the use of both mental and physical skills.
"Acquisition of food is an activity that generally requires the expenditure of time and effort and the use of both mental and physical skills."
Blood Analysis - A vital tool for screening out disease.
Even pets that appear happy and healthy can have hidden medical problems that might grow serious, even life-threatening, if left undetected. Blood tests are essential for identifying diseases at the earliest most treatable stage possible. Read more...
Dr. Barry Neichin
Chief of Staff
ABC Veterinary Hospital
San Marcos CA
When he's not busy with his duties at the hospital, Dr. Neichin can be found outside, either on the trails hiking and camping or in the water snorkeling and skin diving, as well as spending time with his two children. His family also includes Tonka, a Golden Retriever; Leo, a miniature Golden Doodle; Cosmo, a Siamese, and Ruffles, a rabbit. More about Dr. Neichin -->