Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian. In her series, she discusses nutrition and how to choose better foods for pets in part 2 and part 3 of the series.
Our viewpoint on feeding is: food is fuel. The freshest whole food ingredients, and least amount of preservatives is best. Kibble is treated with high levels of heat and then extruded to be shelf stable for a long time. Raw and dehydrated dog foods are closest to their natural form. Back health begins with the most stellar nutrition. A homemade, fresh food diet is best - this way you know exactly what is in your dog's food.
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DIETS FOR SPECIFIC DIAGNOSES
CANINE COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION (CCD)
Keeping paw fur and nails trimmed are essential to good back and hip health, and healthy skin. Learn more about grooming paws, and keeping nails trimmed on our Facebook page. Often we interpret signs of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction as simply *normal* aging. CCD can start as early as 10 years old in small dogs and as early as 8 in bigger dogs. Waking up often at night barking to go out or wanting to eat are just a few of them. There are supplements and medications to help prevent and treat CCD.
Two SAM-e products: Novifit and Denosyl Medication to treat: Selegiline (Vet product Anipryl)
No, Kibble DOES NOT clean teeth! In fact, the carbohydrate in much of kibble is what contributes to tartar buildup and gum disease. Watch this slideshow of how to brush your dog's teeth, safely and effectively. Does a raw diet really help keep a dog's teeth cleaner? Dr Karen Becker's thoughts are here!