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WHAT FOODS ARE GOOD FOR ANIMALS WITH DIABETES?

Dog foods with LOW GLYCEMIC INDEXES have been shown to keep animals' blood sugar levels low. In general, foods with low carbohydrates have low glycemic indexes. The dog brands Your Pet Stop carries with low glycemic indexes are: BEFORE GRAIN, MERRICK, ORIJEN, TASTE OF THE WILD, and NATURAL BALANCE. Your feeding routine is also important: if your pet is receiving insulin, it should receive half of its daily food requirement at the time of each injection, with the unconsumed remainder available throughout the rest of the day. Make sure to feed your pet by the guidelines listed on the back of your pet food to keep your pet at a healthy weight--if your pet is overweight, reducing the amount you feed your pet daily is all that is needed. In order to increase the amount of water your pet drinks, consider getting a running water pet fountain. In order to prevent diseases like diabetes, it is important to feed your pet a good food throughout their life.


WHAT FOODS ARE GOOD FOR DOGS WITH CANCER?

There are a few key things that you can do with your pet’s diet that will help your pet live happier and healthier when dealing with cancer. These steps also work well in preventing cancer and keeping your pet healthy in general.

  1. Keep away from CARBOHYDRATES. Tumor cells get energy from glucose in the bloodstream. The tumor metabolizes the glucose and creates lactate as a by-product that your pet then must convert back into glucose. As a result, the tumor is fed and your pet is left with little to no energy. Look for foods with low glycemic indexes that use lower-glucose carbohydrates like fruit, peas, oatmeal, and brown rice. 

  2. Amp up the PROTEIN. Both your pet and the tumor need protein, and lowering the levels will leave all the protein to the tumor, which decreases the protein your pet gets, leading to muscle wasting, poor immunity, and delayed wound healing. To keep your pet healthy, find a food with high levels of protein from good sources (meat, not corn). 

  3. Add good FATS. Pets with cancer have reduced appetites, so they don’t eat as much. This means you have to make sure your pet is getting the most out of the food they do eat. Adding the right types of fat, like Omega 3 Fatty Acids, help keep your pet healthy and help prevent cancer from growing. Adding an Omega 3 supplement can help.

WHY IS MY PET SCRATCHING AND/OR LICKING?

ALLERGIES are the main cause of scratching and licking in pets. Some allergies in pets are airborne while other pets are allergic to products used in the home; however, the majority of pet allergies are to food. The two main food products pets are allergic to are: CORN and CHICKEN. Without allergy tests, finding a food that is right for your dog is trial and error. We usually recommend switching to a food without corn first. The next stage would be to switch to a food without chicken. Many customers simply switch to a GRAIN-FREE, CHICKEN-FREE diet for their pets. Taste of the Wild Pacific formula is the best for dogs with severe allergies. In addition to allergies, there are other diseases which can cause your dog to scratch, lick, or pull on his hair.

WHY IS MY PET SCRATCHING AND/OR LICKING?

ALLERGIES are the main cause of scratching and licking in pets. Some allergies in pets are airborne while other pets are allergic to products used in the home; however, the majority of pet allergies are to food. The two main food products pets are allergic to are: CORN and CHICKEN. Without allergy tests, finding a food that is right for your dog is trial and error. We usually recommend switching to a food without corn first. The next stage would be to switch to a food without chicken. Many customers simply switch to a GRAIN-FREE, CHICKEN-FREE diet for their pets. Taste of the Wild Pacific formula is the best for dogs with severe allergies. In addition to allergies, there are other diseases which can cause your dog to scratch, lick, or pull on his hair.


ARE RAWHIDES BAD FOR DOGS?

There are many different opinions out there about RAWHIDES, so it is difficult to tell which source is accurate. In general, rawhide is DANGEROUS for many dogs. It is true that some dogs do very well with rawhides; however rawhide is not digestible and can cause serious problems if it gets stuck in your dog’s esophagus, stomach, or intestine. Many pet owners have had to resort to surgical removal. In addition, rawhides provide NO NUTRIENTS for your dog. If you find you must buy your dog rawhides, at least make sure they are high-quality and made in America: American-made rawhides chews are fresher and are less likely to contain illegal or toxic chemicals. Some alternatives to rawhides are beef tendons or moose antlers: both are digestible and are safe to chew. Bones have the tendency to splinter and can cause internal damage.

WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH ALLERGIES IN PETS?

Food allergies in pets are rising, but not many pet owners are aware of them. If your pet is itching, scratching, has bald patches, frequent ear infections, or poor coat quality, they may be suffering from allergies to food. Food allergies are the over-response of your dog’s immune system to an invading protein. These proteins are found in meats, but also in grains and vegetables as well. Any protein has the potential to cause an allergy; however, the most common cause is chicken and corn. Switching to a food without either is a good option; otherwise, trial and error can work. Start by eliminating one source of protein for a week. If there is no improvement, begin to eliminate another protein. Your vet can also do a comprehensive test to find what exactly your pet is allergic to.


HOW DO I STOP MY PET FROM BUTT DRAGGING?

Butt dragging could be a sign of impacted or infected anal glands: it is important to talk to your vet about it at the next visit. If you notice any blood, do not wait for the next visit and bring your pet in right away. To keep your pet out of the vet’s office, prevention is essential. Feeding your pet a high-quality food with less or no filler will produce firmer stools that will naturally express the anal glands to keep them healthy. Once your pet is switched to the food, keep away from feeding your pet table scraps and treats with filler, as they can lead to softer stools.

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