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 […]

Food of the Month, January…

Wellness has some strong products in its line of natural dog and cat foods.  My sense, from 4-footed customer ‘feedback’ is that the palatability is best in their canned foods, and their dry cat kibble.  They just seem to hit it square on in those areas, while the dry kibble for dogs has had just […]

Canidae/Felidae

I love Canidae.  I’ve been recommending it for years, not only for price, but for a high quality kibble, you can’t beat the value.  Chelated minerals, essential fatty acids, and probiotics/digestive enzymes augment the high quality base diet.  I still ask them how they can afford to make such a good food and keep prices […]

Barkwheats

I love the sentiment that makes people want to bake for their dogs, and I am approached often by aspiring dog biscuit bakers, dear well-meaning people whom I usually manage to deflate when I tell them that there are so many treats on the market that to make a go of it, you’d need more […]

Allergy Update

Just a quick note re the urticaria Zip was experiencing a couple of posts back.  As soon as I stopped giving any rice, the bumps started receding.  The response was almost immediate.  Within a couple of days, the bumps were almost completely gone.  So it seems certain that he has a rice allergy, and that’s […]

Your new word for the day, ‘urticaria’

Zip’s bout of pancreatitis was easy enough to control.  The usual recommendation is to withhold food for 24 hours to let the pancreas rest (something I read after feeding him…vet didn’t mention it…), and then stick with the standard bland diet of something like boiled chicken and white rice for a few days.  We did […]

Raw Food Seminar Tonight

Are you all coming to our Bravo Raw Diet seminar tonight with Bette Schubert?  Of course you are.  It may be a spectacular day in Maine right now, but in any minute thunderstorms could blow in and there go your grilling plans.  So say this out loud with me right now, “I AM going to […]

Bravo Raw Comes to Fetch

Tues. August 26th, 7 pm at Fetch We’re excited to host Bravo Raw next week for a fun and informative seminar on feeding raw food to dogs and cats. Why Bravo? It’s impressive to me how this company demystifies feeding raw, and how they can afford to make consistently high quality, all-natural diets at affordable […]