The Puppy Diaries: They sure are cute but that doesn’t stop them from getting worms!

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Etta and Capone holding down the fort at Fetch This past week has been a trying one; aside from general teenage dog angst, Etta managed to pick up tape worms! Generally this happens when a dog or cat ingests an infected flea, eats rodents, lizards or even rabbit excrement. Etta does not have fleas and […]

The Puppy Diaries: Feeding Time!

Hello Again! This week is all about food. Etta has been settling in well and we are working on fine tuning her diet. Since bringing her home we have come to learn that she can be quite discerning in her tastes so we have had to up the anti on training treats, to keep her […]

Recall: Taste of the Wild, Others Made by Diamond Pet Foods

Late on Friday night, Diamond Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall on dry dog foods manufactured in their South Carolina plant with ‘best by’ dates of December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013. Several other brands have since issued preventative recalls as well.  The reason for the recalls is contamination by salmonella. 14 people so far, including one person as close as […]

Diets for Dogs with Pancreatitis

The Pancreas in a Dog

Zip has had two bouts of pancreatitis, once, in an instance of worst-timing-possible, while I was away on a silent retreat with no phone or internet access.  He’s now 11 yrs old, and thriving, as near as anyone can tell, as he looks and moves like a much younger pug.  I manage his health with […]

Flea & Tick Defense Requires Multiple Lines of Defense

Itchy Dog

Well there’s one good thing about the New England cold spring seasons, and it’s that bugs lay dormant that much longer.  As soon as the temperatures climb, it’s time to figure out your plan for flea and tick prevention.  All dog owners should be thinking about heartworm prevention too.  Heartworm preventative works retroactively remember; it […]

Probiotics & Enzymes…do I need to add them to a raw diet?

Living foods, from plants or animal sources, contain enzymes (but they are wiped out by heat beginning at 110 degrees…so cooked food does not contain active enzymes) .  The body, human or animal, manufactures enzymes.  But as we age, our store of them and our ability to make them gets depleted.  And they’re important not […]

Raw Bones

I went to a dental talk at a reputable neighboring vet’s office last fall.  It was actually a sales pitch for annual anesthetized dental cleanings.  I have a real  fondness for vets; I absolutely believe that they are drawn to their profession for love of healing animals.  But I disagree openly with the ones who […]

Get a Raw Deal from Fetch

Where are the frites?

Every month at both stores (Portland and Boston, Fetch and Fish & Bone) we pick a brand of pet food to discount by 10%.  The idea is, encourage customers to experiment, or move what we have an overstock of, or just give a good deal because it’s fun.  Who doesn’t like a bargain? This month […]

What Touch Does

I’m still reading Dr. Michael W. Fox’s Dog Body, Dog Mind.  It’s smart and sensitive, and I think it might have a really profound impact on your relationship with your dog.  I just read about touch & the impact of grooming, petting etc.  The heart rate goes way down (for the pet-ter too… I wish […]

Proportions

There’s a new dog food out there called Proportions.  The idea is to customize a diet for your dog’s breed, age, and activity level.  I walked through the phone interview to get a sample for my dog Zip, but I found quickly that his grain allergy and pancreatitis tripped up their formulas.  There is only […]