The Good, the Bad, and the Trendy: Fad Diets for Dogs

dog food diet fads

With food of all kinds readily available, and new fad diets and ideas about eating that emerge every year (all claiming to be the healthiest), it’s easy to spend a lot of time thinking about what we eat. It’s no surprise that many pet owners are also focused on best options for their furry friend’s diet – after all, pets deserve to live long and healthy lives, too!

From raw diets to grain-free, the choices can seem overwhelming. This is why the team at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center is here to sift through the choices and spotlight some of the fad diets for dogs, so you can make an informed decision.

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Are You Avoiding Giving Your Cat Exercise Opportunities?

It’s not that whacky to think that our pet cats actually disdain some of the things we do. We’re not talking about vacuuming the floor or using the (really loud) blender for smoothies. No, cats seemingly sneer at us when we lace up for a jog, or tune up our bikes for the trail. Do we avoid cat exercise because they appear to dislike it? 

Perhaps. 

But with feline obesity on the rise each year, we must all do our part to instill a love of feline fitness. Here we have 5 possible reasons to explain why you (and your cat) may be shirking the responsibility.

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Those Terrible Teens: You and Your Adolescent Puppy

Much like human pre-teens and teens, adolescence in dogs can be a challenging time. 

Like a teenager, in fact, you may notice your dog expressing themselves in ways you don’t always appreciate, such as ignoring commands, wanting to roam, etc. This age – when your pet is 6 months or so – is prime time for reinforcing good behavior, especially if you don’t want the “bad” behaviors to stick.

Your friends at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center are here with suggestions for you and your adolescent puppy. We can help explain what to expect during the terrible teens to make them terrific for you and your bestie. 

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Cats and People, Together Forever

Girl playing with cat on a table

People honored with the privilege of cat ownership usually know – and distinctly remember – the first moment they saw their cat.

Some owners never had a plan to adopt and spontaneously did so moments after being introduced. Others prepared for their cat’s initial arrival like they would the Queen of England. Indeed, the connection between cats and people is recognized far and wide, and the indelible impression on our hearts makes us forever grateful. 

Heart to Heart

Evidence suggests that simply being near cats, let alone snuggling with them, increases the production of oxytocin, the love hormone. This hormone facilitates the deep bond between cats and people, but we’re not the only ones that benefit from it. Cats, too, produce oxytocin when in the company of their beloved person. 

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Preventing Separation Anxiety in Pets After the Stay-at-Home Order Ends

After months of constant togetherness during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, the post-lockdown life can feel like another big change. We have to adjust to setting our alarms and dealing with the daily commute once more. Kids will soon be out and about during summer activities and the busy life as we used to know it will return. During COVID-19, your furry one may have reaped the rewards of you being by their side during the day. But, what now?

If your pet has been struggling with the transition, your friends at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center are empathetic with this scenario. We are here with some suggestions to help your loved one deal with separation anxiety and its associated problems.

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Too Close For Comfort? What to Do About Kids and Dogs at Home

There’s no question that dogs are great for kids. They help teach responsibility, and the close companionship experienced can develop self-esteem and empathy. But when everyone’s at home day in and day out, is there such a thing as too much time together? 

We all need our space sometimes, and dogs are no exception. With that said, there are some important guidelines to ensure kids and dogs stay safe and happy at home.

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To Prevent a Pet Poisoning This Spring, Plant a Pet-Safe Garden

We are entering the season of renewal and beauty, but it can also be a stressful time for pet owners. Parasite prevention, microchipping, and vaccination might come to mind, but among the threats to pet health and safety are the plants that make spring and summer so delightful.

Undoubtedly, pet poisoning is a common occurrence, but with a fresh look at a pet-safe garden it doesn’t have to be.

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Process of Elimination: Scary Symptoms Could Be Caused By Foreign Body Obstruction 

What do sewing needles, socks, cell phone chargers, earphones, floss, fish hooks, and rocks all have in common? Oddly enough, these seemingly disparate objects have all been responsible for causing major problems in pets curious enough to swallow them! 

Symptoms of foreign body obstruction can range from incredibly subtle to downright scary, but when you know what to look for your pet can quickly get the help they desperately need.

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Hypoallergenic Dogs: Too Good To Be True? 

If you’re a pet lover who has allergies, we understand the sneezing, watery eyes, and coughing that might accompany being in the presence of dogs. You may have heard about “hypoallergenic dogs” that don’t cause allergic symptoms. But it’s not quite that simple. 

Keep reading as Animal Family Veterinary Care explores the hype around hypoallergenic dogs.

Is the Science Real?

The allergic response in humans is due to a protein found in dog (and cat) dander and saliva. Dander is attached to pet hair, so the more a pet sheds, the more dander can be found in the home, and the worse an allergy might be. 

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