Calcium, Phosphorus, and the “Balanced Diet” Demystified

“If the prayers of dogs were answered, bones would rain from the sky”– Turkish proverb Calcium, Phosphorus, and the “Balanced Diet” Demystified Do you sometimes feel like you need a nutrition degree to feed your dog a raw species appropriate diet? One of the most common misconceptions that prevent people from feeding their dog a raw food diet is that…

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Obligate Carnivores: Nature’s True Carnivores

Obligate Carnivores: Nature’s True Carnivores. Very simply, carnivores are animals whose diet consists mainly or entirely of animal tissue. Because animals evolved to eat the diet which is healthiest for them, and carnivores are no different. Over millions of years, carnivores have developed traits which optimize their ability to find and consume meat. So what makes a carnivore, a carnivore?…

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Fresh Food vs Processed Pet Food? You Decide

A fresh food diet vs A processed food diet for your pets: You decide. William Pollak, DVM Survival is insured by commercial food; nothing more; not health, not the robustness for life. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FEEDING RAW? Some of our favorite ‘feel-good’ moments are seeing exuberantly excited & happy dogs walk into our store with their equally excited human…

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Leaky Gut Demystified

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome? “Leaky Gut”, or Dysbiosis, is caused by a bacterial imbalance that leads to inflammation of the intestinal mucosa. The mucosa is a thin layer of cells which line the inside of the intestines. It acts as a barrier to toxins and parasites, as well as a gateway to allow nutrients into the body. When the…

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The “High Protein” Myth

The High Protein Myth  We often have clients whose dog or cat has an ailment such as kidney disease, which requires them to be on a low protein diet. Often, they have been advised by their veterinarian to feed a specially formulated kibble that is low in protein. This is because veterinarians calculate protein content based on the dry matter…

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Keeping Your Dogs Teeth Healthy

Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy Does your dog have stinky breath or yellow plaque on their teeth? Or maybe your dog has great teeth and you are just looking to prevent any dental problems from happening. Either way, there is no doubt that a healthy mouth is essential for a healthy dog. Chewing is the first step in the process…

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Has Your Dog’s Appetite Increased This Winter?

Has Your Dog’s Appetite Increased This Winter? Many pet owners have been reporting that their dogs have been begging for food more often than normal this winter and it seems as though their normal daily food intake does not suffice. Although this may seem like something is wrong, it is likely the weather that is to blame. This winter in…

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Rabies Vaccine and How it Harms Your Dog

Very rarely will we take another’s work and re-blog, but this veterinarian has nailed rabies vaccinations on the head. When it comes to the rabies vaccine we have plenty to say, however this time we will let a veterinarian take the reigns. “There are countless ways rabies vaccination can harm your dog – often permanently. I’m going to tell you about…

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Relieve the Itch with Nature’s Benadryl: Quercetin

Relieve the Itch with Nature’s Benadryl: Quercetin     Allergies in Dogs and Cats have become an epidemic. Veterinary clinics are being flooded with patients of allergy symptoms and nearly half of all dogs you meet have some sort of food restriction. Often times allergies are due to a particular food and once the culprit is found, a solution can…

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Fleas and Ticks

FLEAS AND TICKS   THE DREADFUL SUMMER MONTHS As most of you know, just as the weather starts getting warmer and we can finally spend much of our time outside, the fleas and ticks come out.  Unfortunately, the mild weather and high humidity create the perfect breeding environment for these pesky critters, causing their populations to explode. Of course, we…

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Kennel Cough in Dogs

WHAT IS KENNEL COUGH? Kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, is an upper respiratory infection in dogs. It is highly contagious and was named for the fact that it is commonly spread between shelter dogs or dogs living in tight quarters. Viral and bacterial causes of kennel cough are spread via airborne droplets from sneezing  and coughing. Symptoms…

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Liver Disease in Dogs

WHAT DOES THE LIVER DO? The liver is the body’s largest and one of the most important organs. It is responsible for making many of the chemicals the body needs to function properly, it breaks down substances and detoxifies the blood, and also acts as a storage unit for vitamins and minerals. Because the liver acts as a filter and works…

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