As a veterinarian practicing in warm and sunny Southern California, I know the important role hydration plays in promoting my patients's best health. Water makes up 70-80% of a dog or cat's body mass, so it's a crucial nutrient to maintain normal cellular function. A loss of only 10% of the total body fluids can cause serious illness. Learn how important it is to keep pets hydrated and the signs of dehydration to watch out for.
The world of human health supplements has become well populated during the last decade with a dizzying array of probiotic and prebiotic products that tout multiple benefits. With all the attention on the potential benefits of probiotics and prebiotics for people, it wasn’t long before attention turned to the potential benefits for our pets. After all, they have guts, too! Get answers to frequently asked questions about probiotics for pets.
Your pet is a part of your family. So, when it comes to choosing a food, you want the very best. But there are so many different options! How can you be sure to choose a high quality food? Here are a few key questions that any high quality pet food manufacturer should be able to answer.
One of the hottest pet food topics in recent years is raw food diets. When it comes to the subject of raw diets, people have very strong opinions. They are either for them or against them. Both sides are very passionate. But when it comes to the health of your dog or cat, you don't want to take any chances. If you're thinking about feeding your pet a raw diet, you will need some facts, and you'll need to know the risks.
You love spending time with your pet, snuggling on the couch, giving him hugs, maybe even leaning your cheek against his--until he turns his face toward yours and you get a big whiff of his breath. Whew! Why does his breath smell so bad, and how can you make it smell sweeter? In almost all cases, bad breath in dogs and cats indicates that something is amiss with your pet's health.
Is your dog waiting at the door for you to come home every day? How does he know that you are just about to walk through the door? Most dogs seem to have a natural sense of time. Setting up a feeding schedule for them just makes sense, and it can help prevent obesity, accidents, and health issues.