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Demystifying the Dog Food Label

When shopping for a dog food, do you ever wonder just what some of the information printed on the label means? Do you understand what the nutritional information really means for your dog's health? Credit: Flickr/Eliott Mason To help you make sense of it all, petMD, in partnership with Hill's Science Diet has developed a special tool to teach dog owners about balanced diets. This tool is called MyBowl, an interactive method of teaching dog owners what to look for on the dog food label. VIEW SLIDESHOW: Demystifying the Dog Food Label LOOK AT THE LABEL There is a wealth of information to be found on a dog food label. The two main parts of a label are the principal display panel (PDP) and...

7 Common Ailments in Senior Dogs

As your dog ages be aware of any changes in behavior and mood. These can be indications that something is physically wrong. Just like people, as dogs grow older their ability to fend off illnesses declines. Even the most loving and attentive owner can miss signs by assuming that deviations in the dog's sleep or eating habits are normal, merely due to age. It is far better to err on the side of caution and contact your veterinarian when you have any doubts. To help, here is a list of common health problems commonly seen in aging dogs. Credit: Flickr/HPUPhotogStudent 1. Arthritis Cartilage between joints acts as a buffer to protect the bones from damage. When that cartilage is damaged it...

Raw Diets and Hyperthyroidism in Dogs

Hyperthyroidism is extremely rare in dogs. It is typically associated with aggressive thyroid tumors that produce large amounts of thyroid hormone. The only other known cause is the ingestion of thyroid hormone from other sources. In each of the last three years, a research study has documented hyperthyroidism in dogs fed raw diets or treats. Credit: Getty Creative What is Hyperthyroidism? All animals have thyroid glands. The glands are located next to the trachea (wind pipe) just below the larynx (voice box). These glands secrete thyroid hormone. The amount of thyroid hormone in the blood regulates body metabolism. Decreased levels slow metabolism and increased levels speed up...

It's been over six months since we began the long journey of Cardiff's cancer diagnosis and treatment, but the end has been reached and the outcome is ideal. Credit: Thinkstock On June 25, 2014 Cardiff finished his course of University of Wisconsin-Madison Canine Lymphoma Protocol (CHOP) chemotherapy and had a repeat abdominal ultrasound, revealing no evidence of new masses nor any other concerning abnormalities inside his abdomen. So, the milestone has been reached and it's time to go back to our lives as normal ... so we hope. Is Cardiff Cancer-Free? Cardiff was technically in cancer remission after his exploratory abdominal surgery to remove the mass on his loop of small intestine in...

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