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The 411 on Nutrition

Dog getting a treat
Dr. Kipp Chapman, DVM, of Philadelphia Animal Hospital has been in veterinary practice and surgery for 20 years. We spoke with Dr. Chapman to get the 411 on questions veterinarians get asked most regarding nutrition. When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, one of the questions veterinarians get asked most is, “What should I feed my dog?”

A Recipe Your Pup Will Love

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Dog Cookies
Grey Muzzle board president Denise Fleck loves to cook for her pups. This is one of her family's favorite dog cookie recipes. These are likely to go fast, so you may want to stock up and make a double batch! Haiku Fleck's Favorite Pumpkin Sweet Potato Dog Cookies Ingredients 1½ Cups Brown Rice Flour ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon 1 Cup Mashed Baked Sweet Potato ½ Cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Purée 1 Cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal (dry) ¼ Cup Water 1 Egg 1 Tablespoon Molasses or Honey Directions Bake or microwave sweet potatoes and cool. Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large mixing bowl, mash sweet potato, then add...

Tips To Give Your Pup A Proper Tick Check

Dog with man
As the winter approaches, now is the prime time that ticks are trying to stay warm. Most ticks will be active while the temperature is above freezing. They can be carriers of Lyme disease, which untreated can lead to kidney, nervous system, and heart problems in your dog. To ensure your dog’s health and safety, here are some easy tips to perform a tick check on your furry friend. Look for lumps, bumps, and any irritated areas of exposed skin. If the tick has already latched on, you will see a black or brown dot, which is the tick itself. Check the moistest areas of your dog. Ticks are drawn...

Top 5 Pet Safety Tips for HOWL-O-WEEN

Dog sniffing pumpkin
By Denise Fleck What is fun for us, is not always fun for our pets. Costumes distort human shapes making them scary. Loud noises make animals want to dart from the safety of their homes. Sweet treats for humans are potentially fatal to dogs and cats. Plan ahead. Look at this holiday from your pet’s point of view and practice these 5 Pet Safety Tips to ensure a Happy Howl-o-ween for all! 1) NO HOUDINI ACTS Keep an eye on pets at all times, but especially when Trick or Treaters come to call. Loud noises and open doors allow for escapes. To play it safe, walk dogs BEFORE it gets dark, so that...

Second-Hand Smoke Around Pets

Woman on beach smoking by dog
If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably considered the effect that your habit has on your family and loved ones. However, you may never have thought about the effect that second-hand smoke may have on your pets. Yet, if you live with cats, dogs or other animals inside your home, you could find that the smoke that your furry friends are breathing in could be causing them problems.

Does Your Dog Need Senior Dog Food?

Chocolate lab tongue
As our dogs get older and enter their senior years, their bodies change. Their activity levels may drop and new health issues may pop up. One of the key pillars of health is diet - what we feed our dogs is important. So do we need to feed our dogs “senior dog food” to keep them healthy? Is it worth switching them to a different dog food if they’re already eating “adult dog food”? These are the questions we’ll try to answer by comparing senior dog food against other dog food lifestages.

5 Healthy, Homemade Treats to Use for Dog Training

Dalmation receiving treat
John is a dog trainer with many years’ experience in training companion dogs. Sometimes when it comes to training a dog, especially for those food orientated dogs , we can often wonder how the amount of treats we use in their typical training sessions are adding to the calories they eat on a daily basis. Data collected in 2018 suggests that nearly 100 million pets in the US are overweight or obese which includes a whopping 54% of all dogs in the states. Not only does obesity shorten lives, but it is associated with a range of other health conditions including arthritis, bladder issues, liver disease, heart failure and high blood pressure. If you are considering swapping out the treats you use for more healthy, low calorie ones, we have put together our top 5 healthy treats which you can prepare at home.

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