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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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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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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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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Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease, and Protecting Your Pet

After a record-breaking wet and wild spring across Iowa, it seems as if we are on-track to see two dangerous pet illnesses become the rising stars of summer: Lyme disease and Leptospirosis.

But these are not the kind of stars your dog wants to dance with. Both Lyme and Lepto can pose a serious, if not fatal, risk to your pet’s health. Luckily, there are preventive measures you can take to protect your four-legged friend from contracting these illnesses.

What do you know about Lyme disease and Leptospirosis? Read on to find out more about what these diseases are and how you can protect your pet this season and in the years to come.

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Understanding Fatal Canine Bloat

Every dog owner wants to ensure their best friend enjoys the longest, healthiest life possible. There are many ways to accomplish this, such as through disease prevention, balanced nutrition, and daily exercise.

However, even the most proactive and engaged owner can’t always prevent accidental injury or illness. For example, canine bloat, a life-threatening pet emergency, is a risk to all dogs.

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Leaving Your Dog Home Alone: How Long Is Too Long?

We don’t call dogs our best friends for nothing. They enjoy our company and are hardwired to protect us, work for us, and be our companions. In a perfect world we’d spend all day with our dogs, but for most of us this just isn’t a possibility.

Leaving your dog home alone doesn’t mean you’re a bad pet owner. Fortunately there are some great ways to enrich your dog’s life (and keep your house intact) while you’re away from home.

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Exciting Endeavors: Caring for Your New Puppy

new puppyThere is nothing more exciting than bringing home a new puppy, and experiencing all the love and joy they will add to your family. Owning a puppy isn’t all fun and games, however. By putting a little time, energy, and planning into puppy care, you can ensure that you’ll have a best friend for life.

Animal Family Veterinary Care Center shares our best tips and ideas for caring for your new puppy. We’re excited to be a part of your pet care family, and looking forward to setting you and your puppy on the road to lifelong health and happiness together.

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Beyond Fresh Breath: Why Pet Home Dental Care Is So Important

pet home dental careMost pet owners are familiar with the unpleasant (or downright foul) stench of doggie or kitty breath, but did you know that bad breath can indicate less-than-stellar dental health for a pet? Studies show that 85% of adult pets have some form of dental disease, and the bacteria found in plaque and tartar can have a negative impact on the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver.

When it comes to pets, a healthy mouth is paramount to a healthy body. You can help your furry friend achieve optimal oral health through a commitment to pet home dental care, and your team at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center can get you started.

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Dog Friendly Businesses Near and Far

dog friendly placesWe live in a world of animal lovers – and dog owners never miss a chance to take their favorite pooches with them wherever they go. Fortunately, many business and public places are embracing our canine companions by providing dog friendly spaces for well-behaved Fidos.

If you plan on sipping a cold brew on a dog-welcoming patio, playing fetch at a local dog park, or going for a walk downtown with your four-legged, here are some tips to help you find those great dog friendly spots.

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