Sunday, July 31, 2016

Yorkies Digestion and Allergies Improve With Supplements

"Thanks so much for your wonderful products and the helpful information on your website. Here are pictures of our 3 year old Yorkies Bella and Blue.   Both are doing well on the Power Probiotic, Gastro ULC and AllerEaze." 
 K. Lustig and Family

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pros and Cons of Crate Training

Crate training is controversial and there are pros and cons on the subject. If you have ever had an ongoing home improvement project or traveled with your dog (planes require crates) you may understand there are benefits to having a crate trained dog, but unfortunately crates are also used inappropriately by some owners. The purpose of the crate should be for the safety of the pet; this includes preventing them from engaging in destructive and dangerous behaviors and providing a familiar place when traveling that may lessen anxiety. Dogs, especially puppies, can be inquisitive, active chewers, and escape artists; a crate can eliminate the risk of accidental ingestion of something dangerous or an unsupervised dog on the loose. An added  bonus, is it can help tremendously in housebreaking puppies (dogs instinctively avoid soiling where they sleep).  Some dogs may end up LOVING their crate and go there whenever they want to feel safe. The biggest con to crate training though stems from owners acting irresponsibly. They may be keeping the dog crated for excessively long periods of time, using a crate that is too small (limiting movement and comfort), or using an unsafe crate. For crate training to be successful, it must be a safe and comfortable space for your pet, not a place of punishment!

Tips to successful crate training
  • Pick a proper crate for your dog (consider size in the future)
  • Train your dog to go into the crate by using positive reinforcement
  • Start for short periods of time
  • Have crate in an area with the family (dogs are pack animals and the family is their pack)
  • Do not keep a dog in a crate for more than 3 or 4 hours unless absolutely necessary
  • If your dog gets anxious in the crate and becomes excessively destructive, find an alternative

Monday, July 4, 2016

Be Careful With Treats on July 4th

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On July 4th,  it is very tempting to want to treat your pet to some of the holiday goodies.  Please be careful!  Foods such as hot dogs, baked beans, rolls and pie can be harmful to pets.  It is quite common for emergency animal clinics to be filled with dogs and cats suffering from a severe bout of pancreatitis during the holidays.  If your pet is prone to pancreatitis, give them extra Lypozyme for improved fat digestion and use lower fat treats such as fish and vegetables.
The following foods should not be given to pets:
* Chocolate
* Grapes or raisins
* Onions (cooked or raw)
* Sweets (cookies, pie, etc.)
* Rolls/bread (many pets are allergic to gluten)
* High fat foods such as butter and ice cream
* Cooked bones (they can cause choking and tearing in the GI tract)