Choosing the Right Diet

Choosing the Right Diet

For years I have been saying there is no “one size fits all” diet for our pets. When asked which company makes the best food, or what one food I recommend, there is no easy answer. Every pet is an individual, having different nutrient requirements. When I...
The Purchase Price of a Pet?

The Purchase Price of a Pet?

Recently I had a great conversation with a client about the price of purchasing a dog (or cat). She told me her mother has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that she adored. When she was ready to get a dog of her own, she really wanted to get a Cavalier, but the $1200...
Trust in Pet Food Industry

Trust in Pet Food Industry

Recently there have been dozens of recalls within the pet food industry associated with excess levels of vitamin D in both canned and dry pet food made by many of the large pet food manufacturers. In addition, there has been much conjecture around the relationship...
Differences in Reporting?

Differences in Reporting?

I recently posted statistics on number of adverse reactions and deaths associated with the use of isoxazoline drugs reported to the EMA (European Medicines Agency), which drew a large reaction on social media. Some people were maddened by the number of animals harmed...
Veterinarians Need to Use Common Sense

Veterinarians Need to Use Common Sense

I recently received this email: My 5 month old 8lb Cavapoo just went to the vet. I am a new dog owner, I’ve never had an animal and I apparently made the mistake of just trusting my vet. During that one visit they gave her Nextguard chew, a heartworm chew, a lepto...
Balancing Home-Made Diets

Balancing Home-Made Diets

With so many pet food recalls cropping up, it’s no wonder pet parents have a strong desire to prepare their own meals for their furkids. Unfortunately, this desire to do the right thing has led to doing a lot of the wrong thing. Every day in the office I speak...
Higher Price Does Not Mean More Meat

Higher Price Does Not Mean More Meat

Analysts for Woof Whiskers recently undertook a survey of pet foods offered for sale on a popular website. They compared protein content to price per pound. They hypothesized that higher price would coincide with higher protein content, since protein tends to be the...
Got Dry Skin? How to Stop Wintertime Scratching

Got Dry Skin? How to Stop Wintertime Scratching

Dry skin is no fun for us or our pets. Dryness leads to flaking and itching, which can then lead to secondary bacterial and yeast infections from incessant licking and scratching. I know I go through a ton of hand cream and lip balm during the winter months with low...
Alternative Treatment for Oral Tumor

Alternative Treatment for Oral Tumor

I have the pleasure of working with the lovely dogs at Monkey’s House Senior Dog Hospice and Sanctuary. They come into rescue with many medical problems, which often includes cancer. Recently, a beautiful lab mix named Violet, came in for a dental cleaning and...
Voluntary Versus Mandatory Food Recalls

Voluntary Versus Mandatory Food Recalls

Lately it seems there are weekly recalls in the pet food industry; contamination with euthanasia solution, bacteria, or endotoxins, over or under-supplementation of vitamins and minerals, and inclusion of foreign material in food may all result in a recall. If it...