Saturday, December 24, 2016

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: New Year's Resolutions, Tear Stains, and more ...

New Years Resolutions for a Healthier Dog: A Month-By-Month Guide

Dr. Nancy Kay/Spot Speaks

Photo Binyamin Mellish

Do you make New Year's resolutions? Do you make New Year's resolutions for your dog? I am not a resolution making kind of person. I believe that if one wants to do something, they just do it. Though we did make one resolution not long ago, it was a "Nail a Day" resolution. We kept it up and worked quite well. Since Cookie started seeing a physical therapist regularly in the past year, though, we just have it done there again. It is easier yet.

Dr. Kay has some great resolution tips, one for each month. Most of these things we already have covered, except a pet trust. I would love to have that done but it doesn't seem to be an option in Canada. I should figure out something, though.

Check out Dr. Kay's awesome suggestions for New Year's resolutions here.


The Health Benefits Mussels Provide Our Pets

Dr. Patrick Mahaney/The Honest Kitchen Blog

While the article is mostly a product review (a good product, though), the benefits of mussels are independent on any one product. I have to admit I never tried giving my dogs mussels but read about it enough times that I am convinced I should try. I don't know whether I'm going to start with this product or just go and buy some, but it's time for me to try and see whether Cookie will like them. She might love it, she might hate it--she's a very spoiled and picky girl but I imagine most dogs would love it.

So what are the benefits of mussels? Mussels are a high protein food, rich in omega fatty acids (EPA and DHA), full of vitamins and minerals, while low in calories. What more could one ask for in a treat? Not the cheapest thing out there but even including a little bit can enrich a dog's nutrition.


The real truth about getting rid of pet tear stains

Dr. Marty Becker

Our society is all about quick and easy solutions. "How can I make this problem go away quickly and easily?" is the most common question. And, of course, companies want their foot in, offering a wide variety of easy fixes.

Yes, there are products for easy tear stain removal. But is using them a good idea? There are two reasons not to use them. Firstly, they contain low levels of antibiotics and have not been reviewed by the FDA for safety or effectiveness. More importantly, the best way to make a problem go away is by figuring out and addressing the cause.

What can cause tear stains? Your dog may have blocked tear ducts, ingrown eyelashes, an eye or even dental infection. Would you expect a tear stain removal product address and fix such problems? It might make your dog's face look cleaner but it won't make your dog neither happier or healthier.

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