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Wellness: Healthy Living
Pet Food Politics: Know Where Your Dog's Food Comes From
Interview with Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim on the state of canine nutrition
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, is one of America’s best-known critics of food safety and nutrition. The author of Food Politics and What to Eat as well as a popular columnist and blogger, she is the Paulette Goddard professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. In 2007, she and her partner, Malden Nesheim, PhD, professor and provost emeritus of Cornell University—both...
Wellness: Health Care
What to Do if Your Dog is Sprayed by a Skunk
You’ll Need A clean plastic bucket in which to mix the ingredients 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (usually sold in pint bottles, so you’ll need two; use of other strengths is not recommended) 1/4 cup baking soda (do not use washing soda, which is much stronger and will burn your dog’s skin.) 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid detergent (Softsoap and Ivory liquid are preferred) How to Use...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Puppy Stew
Ingredients 3 lbs. boneless chicken meat with skin (white or dark; skin may be too rich for some dogs, and its inclusion is optional) 2 cups brown rice or barley 6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 6 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 medium package (24 oz.) frozen peas or lima beans 56 fl. oz. diced tomatoes with juice 3 Tbsp. fresh parsley or oregano 1⁄2 cup fish, safflower or olive oil...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Fido's Fricassee
Ingredients 1 lb. ground meat (beef or turkey with moderate fat content) 1 10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry, or 1.25 pounds fresh spinach leaves 1 cup cooked brown rice or barley 2 Tbsp. fish, safflower or olive oil 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 hard-boiled eggs, mashed 2 ripe papayas, peeled, cored, mashed (may substitute canned pumpkin if papaya is unavailable) 1 tsp....
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Bow Wow Brunch
Ingredients 3 cups cooked oatmeal 2 cups active-culture plain yogurt 2 cups cottage cheese 2 Tbsp. safflower oil 1 banana, peeled and coarsely mashed 1 apple or pear, cored and chopped 1 cup ripe mashed mango Directions Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate, do not freeze. (Use caution if your pup has not been exposed to dairy.) Yield: 8 cups, which...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Save Money with Homemade Dog Food
Home cooking helps you feed ’em well for less.
When suppertime rolls around, there’s nothing like a healthy home-cooked meal. This is true not only for the human members of your family, but for your dog as well. Cooking for your canine companion has many benefits, including fewer preservatives and additives, more varied and potentially better ingredients and, of course, more interest for the canine palate. Homemade meals may even make it...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Fighting Fleas on Pets...Safely
Scratch, scratch, scratch....   The sound of Cricket's toenails digging into his belly woke me last night at 3:00 AM. How annoying. The little guy has a flea, and that means today's bath day. Our dogs recognize the bath day ritual pretty quickly. When their beds get stripped and everything goes into the washing machine, they both get that worried look. Then when I put on the red running shorts,...
Wellness: Health Care
Update on the Three-Year Rabies Booster for Dogs
Inching toward the three-year interval nationwide.
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) asked its state legislature to extend the legally prescribed interval between canine rabies vaccines from one to three years, and on February 16, the extension passed. Act 159, as it’s now known, reads as follows: All dogs and cats shall be vaccinated against rabies annually or as required by the State Board of Health [italics added for emphasis]. Nothing’...
Wellness: Health Care
What Age is Your Dog in Dog Years?
Tips to help your oldster live long and prosper.
When it comes to figuring out when your dog’s officially a senior, the “7 human years to 1 dog year” ratio we’ve all heard about can’t be taken literally, since size, breed type and other factors influence the aging rate. However, with that in mind, many vets recommend beginning senior screenings around age seven to eight to establish baselines and catch potential health problems that may not yet...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Symptoms of Valley Fever in Dogs
Symptoms of this fungal disease are not always easy to recognize
Most of us who live with and love dogs have quite a list of things to make us prematurely gray: vaccinating vs. over-vaccinating, Lyme-disease–carrying ticks, providing safe food (with an ever-changing lineup of antioxidants, tocopherols, omegas and probiotics) for our furry companions. With all these day-to-day concerns, canine health problems caused by a fungus may not come immediately to mind...

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