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Canine Influenza: What Dog Owners Should Know
A New Disease Threatening Dogs
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Sponsored Article     Dogs of all breeds and ages can get it. There’s a new virus spreading across the US, and dogs have no natural immunity to it. That means that all unexposed dogs will become infected upon contact with the canine influenza virus. You may even have heard stories about the sudden outbreaks of dog flu that have occurred in communities just like yours. Is your dog at risk?...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Kaptin's Crunchy Kibble
Makes 20 to 30 servings for a 25 lb. dog
Cooking for your dog is not only healthy and affordable but rewarding too. From stews, stir-fries and other one-pot delectables recipes abound that make it easy—but have you ever thought about making your own kibble? We were happy to find a great kibble recipe from Wendy Nan Rees’s cookbook, The Natural Pet Food Cookbook: Healthful Recipes for Dogs and Cats. Try it out—it’s delicious and...
Wellness: Health Care
A Vet's Perspective: Solving a Dog's Mysterious Illness
Sussing out Rocky’s mysterious malady
It is March in New England, you’re walking across a frozen lake and the two Samoyeds look like white fluffy clouds prancing by your side. Every footfall is greeted with an icy moan of disapproval and you have time to consider the warmth of the morning sun, hinting at a thaw, before the glass below your feet suddenly shatters and one of your beloved dogs slips into the darkness below. Quick,...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Puppy-Perfect Cleaning Tips
Tricks of the Trade
Winter’s often-arctic temperatures don’t inspire long walks or afternoons in the park with the dog. Like us, our canine pals spend more time indoors, which—because they’re biological creatures who shed and are prone to the occasional gastrointestinal indiscretion—creates more potential “clean-up ops” for us. Here are some quick tips for dealing with the inevitable. •Fur on the furniture? Use a...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Valentine Liver Treats
Valentine Liver Nibbles
This delicious recipe is nutritious and tasty, and the loaf can be sliced up into any size. What better way to make your pup feel truly special this Valentine’s Day than with homemade treats richly infused with love. The added bonus is that Valentine Liver Nibbles are completely wheat-free, making them ideal for sensitive pets. Ingredients 1 lb. fresh raw organic beef or chicken liver 3 free-...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Healthy Food Dogs and Kids Can Share
TREAT them both right
You want to give your dog the best. You want to give your child the best, too. No one advocates feeding your child dog food. But how about giving both of them … salmon steak?   Sharing food with your dog seems radical, but it’s merely a return to the way dogs were fed for millennia. The human-animal bond developed partly because dogs and humans could eat the same foods, and the act of sharing...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Pet Food Politics: Know Where Your Dog's Food Comes From
Interview with Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim on the state of canine nutrition
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, is one of America’s best-known critics of food safety and nutrition. The author of Food Politics and What to Eat as well as a popular columnist and blogger, she is the Paulette Goddard professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. In 2007, she and her partner, Malden Nesheim, PhD, professor and provost emeritus of Cornell University—both...
Wellness: Health Care
What to Do if Your Dog is Sprayed by a Skunk
You’ll Need A clean plastic bucket in which to mix the ingredients 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (usually sold in pint bottles, so you’ll need two; use of other strengths is not recommended) 1/4 cup baking soda (do not use washing soda, which is much stronger and will burn your dog’s skin.) 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid detergent (Softsoap and Ivory liquid are preferred) How to Use...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Puppy Stew
Ingredients 3 lbs. boneless chicken meat with skin (white or dark; skin may be too rich for some dogs, and its inclusion is optional) 2 cups brown rice or barley 6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 6 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 medium package (24 oz.) frozen peas or lima beans 56 fl. oz. diced tomatoes with juice 3 Tbsp. fresh parsley or oregano 1⁄2 cup fish, safflower or olive oil...
Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Fido's Fricassee
Ingredients 1 lb. ground meat (beef or turkey with moderate fat content) 1 10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry, or 1.25 pounds fresh spinach leaves 1 cup cooked brown rice or barley 2 Tbsp. fish, safflower or olive oil 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 hard-boiled eggs, mashed 2 ripe papayas, peeled, cored, mashed (may substitute canned pumpkin if papaya is unavailable) 1 tsp....

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