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I just had a disturbing conversation with a neighbor about his dog Maggie. Maggie is an elderly black lab who is doing surprisingly well despite suffering from diabetes mellitus, lumbosacral stenosis (causing extreme hind end weakness), protein-losing nephropathy (a disorder that causes her to spill protein into her urine), and allergies. She also recently recovered from a nasty bout of diarrhea, which her veterinarian suspects was a result of some changes she made in Maggie's medication protocol. Credit: Getty Creative My neighbor often asks for my opinion about his animals' health, so I didn't think anything was out of the ordinary when he stopped me as I walked past his house... until...

When I discuss the possibility that a cat might be suffering from a food allergy, owners will often say "that's not possible, I changed his food and he didn't get any better." This has no effect on my tentative diagnosis for a couple of reasons: Credit: Thinkstock 1. The chance that the food change removed the ingredients most commonly associated with food allergies is slim. 2. Even if the ingredient list looks appropriate, over the counter foods are often mislabeled. The most common ingredients associated with food allergies in cats are, in descending order: 1. beef 2. dairy products 3. fish 4. lamb 5. wheat 6. chicken 7. corn gluten/corn 8. egg Cats can be allergic to one or more of...

Dogs love treats, but wouldn't it be great if you could make your dog work a little more for those tasty treats? Food-dispensing (also known as treat-dispensing) dog toys could help you accomplish that goal. Even better, the mental and physical stimulation food-dispensing dog toys provide may decrease the chances your dog develops boredom-related behavior problems - barking and chewing, for example. Before you go out and buy a food-dispensing toy, however, you should consider the following. Credit: Associated Press 1. Food-Dispensing Dog Toys Should be Durable "For most dogs, getting hold of food is the single most interesting and satisfying activity in the world," says dog trainer...

Chronic diarrhea is an all too common problem for cats and their owners. In a perfect world, veterinarians would always be able to fully work up the case, come to a definitive diagnosis, and prescribe treatment that cures the diarrhea. But as we all know, this is not a perfect world. Credit: Moyan Brenn / Flickr Financial considerations or other health problems may prevent a complete work up. Sometimes, a diagnosis remains elusive despite running "every" test, or the diarrhea may not fully resolve even with appropriate treatment. Whatever the reason, it's not unusual for veterinarians and owners to find themselves searching for "something" that will firm up a cat's stools. RELATED: 5 Tips...

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